The Missouri Mavericks announced their first player for the 2015-16 season on Wednesday, and while it was no surprise, it was definitely music to the ears of the Orange Army. Andrew Courtney will be returning for his sixth season in orange, coming off a 36 goal season, breaking the Mavericks’ single season record of 34 set by, guess who, Courtney himself.
After a trying first season behind the bench for Richard Matvichuk, a lot of questions will need to be answered for the coming season. Having spent a little time with Matvichuk in this offseason, he seems excited about the players he’s been talking to, and bringing Courtney back to solidify a leadership role on the ice and in the locker room is a great start. With Sebastien Thinel leaving to play in France, and the future of John-Scott Dickson still up in the air, the Mavericks need a proven voice to help mold what will likely be a young squad for 2015-16.
Courtney has been a fan favorite since joining the team as an amateur in 2011. His all-out effort on the ice, paired with his genuine personality with the fans and media has put in him amongst the greats in Mavericks lore. His 119 goals are the most in franchise history, and he ranks behind only Thinel in assists (106) and points (225).