INDEPENDENCE, MO – The Kansas City Mavericks announced their two latest players signings on Tuesday afternoon, once again addressing their biggest area of need: the offensive side of the puck. Dan Correale returns for his second season in Kansas City, and forward Greg Betzold, also a second-year pro, joins the Mavericks for the upcoming campaign.
Correale quickly became a fan favorite in Kansas City with his lightning speed and team-first mentality. Following in the footsteps of teammate Rocco Carzo, Correale honed himself into a great two-way player, chipping in 12 goals during his rookie season, but was also one of the team’s top penalty killers. The 5-10, 185lb winger out of Prince George, British Columbia will look to take that next step in his progression, and solidify himself as one of the top forwards in the ECHL.
Betzold, a 6-2, 217lb winger played the majority of last season for dismal Elmira team. He tallied 15 points in 40 games with the Jackals, but the -19 player rating is a bit skewed because of the overall performance of the team the entire season (Elmira had a league-worst -108 goal differential last season). Prior to turning pro, Betzold played four seasons with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL, appearing in 244 games, racking up 88 goals and 80 assists during his tenure, including 43 goals in his final year in Peterborough.
Here is an updated look at the Mavericks roster heading into the preseason:
Forwards – Betzold, Carzo, Mark Cooper, Correale, Carson Dubchak, Shawn Pauly, Zach Stepan, Jared VanWormer
Defensemen – Patch Alber, Bryce Aneloski, Alex Brooks, Tyler Elbrecht, Nate Widman
Goalies – None