The Kansas City Mavericks announced their latest player signing on Wednesday, addressing their biggest area of need. While General Manager Brent Thiessen and Head Coach John-Scott Dickson have brought in several skaters to fortify their squad, one glaring omission had begun to cause a nervous fervor among the Orange Army faithful: goaltending. The Mavericks filled that void on Wednesday, bringing in veteran goalie Ty Rimmer.
Rimmer is a name that probably rings a bell for Mavericks fans. They saw a great deal of him during the 2013-14 season while he was protecting the cage for the Quad City Mallards. Since his days as a Four-Town Duck (thank you Bob Rennison), Rimmer has had stints with the Bakersfield Condors in the AHL and the Norfolk Admirals in the ECHL. Last season, Rimmer played in the Alps Hockey League in Europe and put up some impressive numbers. In 31 games, Rimmer posted a 2.36 goals against average along with a superb .921 save percentage.
Rimmer certainly has some big shoes to fill with the departure of former goalie Josh Robinson, who posted the greatest season for a goalie in a Mavericks sweater during the Brabham Cup winning season of 2015-16 (and one of the greatest seasons by any goalie in ECHL history). Robinson’s playing rights were traded to the Florida Everblades in exchange for the rights to defenseman Bryce Aneloski in early August, and he has since accepted the position of Goalie Coach for the Everblades.
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 – Rimmer
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