INDEPENDENCE, MO – The Missouri Mavericks announced the return of Andrew Courtney on Wednesday, ending much speculation regarding the future of the organization’s all-time leading goal scorer. Courtney returns to the only professional organization that he has played for, after originally joining the club towards the end of the 2010-11 season.

The decision on Courtney’s future with the Mavericks was the first true test for rookie bench boss John-Scott Dickson. Many thought that Courtney’s playing days were all but done after the Mavericks bowed out of the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs in the Conference Semifinals. Courtney, however, expressed his interest to return to the Mavericks to The Sin Bin’s Adam Twenter shortly after the season.

The only question was whether or not the Mavericks would be interested in bringing him back. Dickson, having played alongside Courtney during his tenure as a player for the Mavericks, would have to put personal feelings aside in order to make the tough decision as to whether Courtney fit into this team’s plan for another season.

Courtney is the franchise leader in goals scored and games played. (Photo: John Howe/The Sin Bin)
Courtney is the franchise leader in goals scored and games played. (Photo: John Howe/The Sin Bin)

After breaking the franchise record for single season goals in 2014-15 with 36, a record he set the season prior, Courtney’s numbers dipped in 2015-16. He still managed to net 21 goals, giving him 20+ goals in five of his six full seasons in a Mavs sweater. Courtney never seemed to gel with Richard Matvichuk‘s offensive system, but now looks to rejuvenate his career with the only team he has ever known.

Also announced on Wednesday was that Courtney would be named the team captain for the upcoming season, a decision that should fully show the organization’s desire to have Courtney back for another year. Many thought that Courtney would follow his former teammate Sebastien Thinel as captain of the Mavericks, but after Matvichuk acquired Trevor Ludwig prior to the season, a strong leader that won two championships with Matvichuk in Allen, Courtney would be relegated to alternate captain duties yet again.

He now gets the opportunity to don the “C” on the sweater that he’s pulled on 358 times (including playoffs), more than anyone else, and honor he has certainly earned in his six-plus seasons in Independence.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Kudos to Mr. Hunt, JSD and the Mavericks organization for bringing Andrew back and putting the C on the uniform with which he has brought great joy to all the fans. Sending the hapless Matvichuk off to Canada was also an inspiring move. Whatever he was, a Missouri Maverick wasnt one of them. All in all, a twofer for the Orange Army 🙂

  2. Memo to Mr. Hunt: its time to start dropping some jerseys from the rafters! Certainly Captain Thinel’s number (43) ought to be retired. If you really wanted to show the fans that you were listening to them, you might want to hang number 5 (Dave Pszenyczny) from the rafters too! I would drive to Lansing Michigan to bring him (and his wonderful wife and children) back to the Independence Event Center (IEC) if you choose to honor him. As a long time Mavericks season ticket holder and somewhat devoted fan, you should know that many of us are deeply hurt every time we see a new player wearing number 5. In the view of most of what you call the Orange Army, there will only be one #5 … our boy Chezy!!!!!

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