Mavs Sign All-Star Defenseman Mike Burgoyne And Goaltender Alexandre Vincent
INDEPENDENCE, Missouri - Missouri Mavericks Head Coach Scott Hillman announced Wednesday the Central Hockey League (CHL) club has signed two-time CHL All-Star defenseman Mike Burgoyne. The Mavericks have also signed goaltender Alexandre Vincent to a five-game tryout. In order to make room on the roster, Missouri waived defenseman Shaun Arvai.
Burgoyne, 28 (12/28/80), played six games with the ECHL's Victoria Salmon Kings this season before coming to Missouri. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound defenseman spent last year in the EIHL with the Belfast Giants. In 71 games for the Giants he scored 58 points (17-41=58) and added 72 minutes in penalties, while helping the franchise win its first ever Challenge Cup.
"Mike is exactly what we have been looking for," said Hillman. "Having a veteran player that can run our power play effectively will be a huge asset. He will improve our transition game, and he has an incredible ability to find a way to clear the puck when under heavy pressure. This is a big signing for our hockey club."
Prior to playing overseas, Burgoyne spent two seasons with the Oklahoma City Blazers of the CHL where he put up his best offensive numbers. In 128 games with Oklahoma City he notched 116 points (38-78=116) while tallying 164 penalty minutes. In both seasons with the Blazers, he led the team in assists and points and was named a CHL All-Star.
For his professional career, Burgoyne has played in 334 games scoring 75 goals and 155 assists for 230 points and 360 minutes in penalties.
Vincent, 22 (12/11/86), signed a five-game contract with the Mavericks. The Drummondville, Quebec native was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the fourth round (114 overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot-4, 214-pound netminder played the last two seasons with the CHL's Odessa Jackalopes and had a 37-14-7 record.
"Alexandre Vincent is a big goalie that has played two very good years in this league," exclaimed Hillman. "He has a great winning percentage and is very excited to come here and compete for a job. We have been struggling to get a big save when we really need it and Alex has the ability to make the big save."
Arvai, 27 (10/6/82), was waived from Missouri after playing 13 games. He finished with three points (1-2=3) and 21 penalty minutes with the Mavericks.
Mavericks' single-game tickets are now on sale at the box office at Independence Events Center. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 10 a.m. on Saturday game days. Visit www.MissouriMavericks.com for more information.
• Discuss this story on the Central Hockey League message board...
Central Hockey League Stories from November 25, 2009
- Rush Continue To Roll With 3-1 Win Over Thunder - Rapid City Rush
- Biggie-Sized Win, Eagles Score 10 - Colorado Eagles
- Allen Loses Tough One To Mississippi 3-1 - Allen Americans
- Franck Holds Of Mudbugs In Rio, Bees Win 5-3 - Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
- Thunder Falls To Rush - Wichita Thunder
- RiverKings Rally Past Americans - Mississippi RiverKings
- Amarillo Slips, Falls To Colorado - Amarillo Gorillas
- Jacks Beat Texas, 5-3, For Road Win - Odessa Jackalopes
- Texas Trails Odessa 5-3 On Thanksgiving Eve - Fort Worth Brahmas
- RiverKings Add Schwartzbauer, Trade For Cooper, Announce Date Change - Mississippi RiverKings
- Shop The Locker Room For The Holidays - Mississippi RiverKings
- IceRays Donate 17,000 Lbs To Food Bank Of Corpus Christi - Corpus Christi IceRays
- Killer Bees Sign Brett Clouthier To Five-Game Contract - Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees
- Games, Skating And Lasers Fill Up NYTEX This Week - Fort Worth Brahmas
- Mavs Sign All-Star Defenseman Mike Burgoyne And Goaltender Alexandre Vincent - Kansas City Mavericks
- Bucks Host Rival Mudbugs Friday, $5 Tickets Available - Laredo Bucks
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.