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Mavericks Sign Goaltending Duo

July 20, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Kansas City Mavericks News Release

INDEPENDENCE, Missouri -Missouri Mavericks' head coach Scott Hillman announced Monday the Central Hockey League (CHL) club has signed a pair of goaltenders for the Mavericks' 2009-10 inaugural season. Goaltenders Mike Gorman and Doug Groenestege have both signed to play for the expansion club. The Mavericks' roster now sits at a total of six players.

Gorman, 29 (12/29/79), is entering his 10th professional season and ninth in the CHL. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound goalie has played in 362 professional games and all but 79 games have been with the CHL's Odessa Jackalopes. The Nepean, Ontario native is 179-139-32 overall with a 2.97 goals-against average (GAA) and .915 save percentage in nine seasons. Gorman has 17 shutouts in his career and has never played less than 28 games in a season.

"Mike Gorman and Doug Groenestege are two goalies with very different styles," said Hillman. "What they share is competitiveness and a commitment that they are coming here to support each other and our team's goals for our inaugural season. Every team relies on their goalies on certain nights when things just aren't going well, and both men have the ability to win hockey games on their own. Doug and Mike help us tremendously as we attempt to lay a solid foundation for this franchise."

Groenestege (grun-eh-stedjh), 25 (1/11/84), is entering his fifth professional season and third in the CHL. The 6-foot-1, 201-pound netminder led the CHL last season with a 2.10 GAA and was third overall with a .922 save pct. He is 29-19-2 over the last two seasons in the CHL with a 2.34 GAA and .920 save pct. The Stratford, Ontario native has 55 wins and four shutouts in 118 games played as a pro.

"We're excited to announce the signing of these two players," said General Manager Brent Thiessen. "Goaltender is an important position and Scott has done a great job in finding two quality goalies that will help this team win games."

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