INDEPENDENCE, MO – The Kansas City Mavericks have new NHL & AHL affiliation. At a press conference held at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena Thursday, the organization announced their new NHL and AHL affiliates, the Calgary Flames and Stockton Heat respectively.
After two seasons as the ECHL affiliate for the New York Islanders, the Mavericks were searching for a new affiliation after the Islanders tabbed the newest ECHL franchise, Worcester Railers, as their new AA club.
After selling off their ownership of the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder, Calgary was on the hunt for a new ECHL affiliate, and have found a match in the Mavericks. The Flames finished in fourth place in the Pacific Division, earning a wild card berth into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, before being swept by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round. Stockton qualified for their first berth in the Calder Cup playoffs this past season after joining the AHL prior to the 2015-16 season. Like their NHL counterparts, they were eliminated by the San Jose Barracuda in the first round.
Several players from Adirondack saw ice time for the Heat in 2016-17, including Brent Pollock, Keegan Kanzig, Ryan Culkin, and Mason McDonald.
The Mavericks look to return to the Kelly Cup Playoffs with head coach John-Scott Dickson returning for his second season behind the bench.
The Mavericks will open the 2017-18 campaign in Tulsa to take on the Oilers and their new bench boss Rob Murray on Saturday, October 18th at the BOK Center.