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Missouri Signs John Schiavo and Liam Stewart to Standard Player Contracts

August 5, 2015 - ECHL (ECHL) - Kansas City Mavericks News Release

INDEPENDENCE, MO (August 5, 2015) - The Missouri Mavericks announced Wednesday afternoon that they have signed forwards John Schiavo and Liam Stewart to standard player contracts ahead of their 2015-16 season in the ECHL.

John Schiavo is entering into his first professional season this fall with the Missouri Mavericks, but has already turned some heads in the hockey world. The twenty-one year old forward from East Patchogue, New York participated in the 2015 New York Islanders Mini Camp earlier this off-season and impressed the Mavericks coaching staff with his stick-handling skills on a ridiculous shootout goal.

"Having the Mavericks coaching staff on site at the New York Islanders Mini Camp this summer was a huge benefit to this club, and seeing Schiavo in action first-hand really opened our eyes" said Richard Matvichuk, Head Coach & Director of Hockey Operations for the Missouri Mavericks.

"I am really excited to start my first professional season with the Missouri Mavericks," said Schiavo. "The opportunity to play for a coach like Richard Matvichuk, who had a very successful NHL career, is an honor. I am looking forward to getting to Independence!"

Liam Stewart spent his 2014-15 season with the Spokane Chiefs (WHL), making a post-season appearance with the Quad City Mallards (ECHL) for two (2) games and contributing a goal to the Mallards playoff run.

"Liam is a great kid with good numbers in juniors," said Matvichuk. "I am confident we are signing a solid skater that we will be happy to have represent the Mavericks out in the community.

Through his junior career with the Chiefs, Stewart scored fifty-seven (57) goals and seventy-five (75) assists. The twenty year old center was born in London, Great Britain, but now resides in Hermosa Beach, California.

"I am very excited to start my pro career with the Mavericks," said Stewart. "It's a fresh start for me, so it will be lots of hard work, but fun too! I cannot wait to meet the fans and explore the city a little bit!"

The Mavericks begin their 2015-16 campaign on the road in Anchorage, Alaska for their first-ever matchup against the Alaska Aces. Fans interested in making the trip north with the Mavs can contact our partners at Cruise Planners at or 816-796-9400 for a special Mavs travel package!

The Mavericks will play longtime rival, the Wichita Thunder, in their home-opener on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Independence Events Center. Season Tickets and Group Tickets are on sale now! Call the Missouri Mavericks at 816-252-7825 to speak with a ticket representative.

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Missouri Mavericks Signee John Schiavo
Missouri Mavericks Signee John Schiavo

Missouri Mavericks Signee Liam Stewart
Missouri Mavericks Signee Liam Stewart

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