Rocco Carzo returns to the Mavericks for another season. (Photo: John Howe/The Sin Bin)
The Missouri Mavericks announced two additions to their 2016-17 squad on Wednesday, bringing back a fan favorite and adding scoring depth to their mix of forwards. Rocco Carzo returns to the Mavericks after a solid campaign last season, where he notched 56 points in 69 games, earning an eventual PTO with the San Diego Gulls of the AHL. Carzo was arguably the best two-way player for the Mavericks during their impressive season and his +17 is only a small example of his dedication to exceeding on both sides of the puck. During a time where the Mavericks lost several key forwards (Jesse Root, Josh Holmstrom, Kellen Jones, etc.) Carzo was a stabilizing force in what could have been a time of chaos. His ability to play any forward position, his passing skills, and backchecking prowess provided the Mavericks with a substantial amount of flexibility on the ice.
“I’m extremely excited to be back in Independence. With the unbelievable fan support, and the season we had last season, it was a no-brainer to come back and battle towards that Kelly Cup,” Carzo told TheSinBin.net. “I am excited to play for John-Scott (Dickson), whose hard work will lead us back to the playoffs,” Carzo added.
The Mavericks also added forward Dane Fox to the squad for this upcoming season. Fox spent the previous two seasons with the Kalamazoo Wings. The 6’1″, 190lb 22 year old netted 56 goals in 123 games during his tenure with the Wings, which also featured two short stints in the AHL (Utica & Charlotte). In his final year in the OHL with the Erie Otters in 2013-14, Fox amassed an incredible 107 points (64g, 43a) in just 67 regular season games. The addition of Fox is a significant one for Dickson, as he looks to replace the likes of Root, Jones, Darian Dziurzynski, and Tyler Barnes.
With Carzo and Fox added to the fold, here is an update on the Mavericks roster as of Wednesday:
Forwards – Andrew Courtney, Rocco Carzo, Dane Fox, Dan Correale, Darren Nowick, Yuri Terao (tryout agreement)
Defenseman – Bryce Aneloski, Kevin Tansey
Goalies – None
Get a team-by-team breakdown of all the player movement in the ECHL by visiting our transactions page at thesinbin.net/2016-echl-transactions.