The Kansas City Mavericks announced another player signing on Thursday. The team has signed defenseman Bryce Aneloski for the 2017-18 season.  The team acquired the rights to Aneloski on Wednesday from the Florida Everblades in exchange for the rights to goalie Josh Robinson.  Both players have spent time with the Mavericks, including this past season. Aneloski was signed to a full American Hockey League deal with the Bakersfield Condors before the Mavericks traded his ECHL rights to the Everblades in exchange for forward Eric Scheid prior to the trade deadline.

 

The Mavericks swung a deal to bring back top defenseman Bryce Aneloski on Thursday. (Photo: John Howe/The Sin Bin)

 

Robinson, the ECHL record-holder for consecutive wins by a goalie, had been with the Mavericks since the 2014-15 season and enjoyed his record breaking campaign in 2015-16 during the Mavericks’ Brabham Cup run.  The Everblades had previously announced that Robinson would be a goaltending coach for them next season, but can now use Robinson, if needed during the season, since they own his rights.

Aneloski is an elite level defenseman at this level and is exactly what the Mavericks were missing at times last season due to call-ups and injuries; a consistent, steady force on defense that can shut down the opposing rush and create offense from the point.

“I’m ready to come back and play as hard as I can for a first class organization,” Aneloski said. “I really missed being a part of the Kansas City community last season and I’m ready to bring a championship to this town.  John-Scott Dickson is a man and a coach I respect a ton and I can’t wait to play my heart out for him, the fans, and this city.”

The addition of Aneloski furthers solidifies the Mavericks blue line along with the signing of Patch Alber on Wednesday. Aneloski will be the quarterback of that defense and should run the point on the powerplay. Bryce played well for the Mavericks in 2015-16 as he contributed 28 points (8G, 20A) and a ridiculous +24 rating in the regular season and six points (2G, 4A) in the playoffs.  The Mavericks defensive corps is looking to be one of the strongest units in the ECHL.

 “Bryce is a great addition to our defense corps,” said Mavericks head coach John-Scott Dickson. “He can play in all situations and adds great experience to our group. He’s another high-character man that has a great connection with this community. We couldn’t be happier to have Bryce back with the Mavericks.”

Mavericks General Manager Brent Thiessen continued, “Bryce is a great addition to this year’s team. He was a key contributor on our Brabham Cup-winning team, a defenseman who is capable of a high caliber of play on both ends of the ice. We believe that Bryce can help set the standard for our entire defense corps.”

Coach John-Scott Dickson has amassed a leadership group for next season, including Aneloski, Alber, Rocco Carzo, and Tyler Elbrecht, that should prove huge as the team develops young players for their affiliated Calgary Flames and chases a Brabham and Kelly Cup in 2017-18.

For the latest on all the ECHL transactions, visit our ECHL Transactions Tracker.

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