The Missouri Mavericks announced the latest addition to their coaching staff on Wednesday. Former Mavericks forward Kyle Hood will join rookie head coach John-Scott Dickson as the team’s Assistant Coach.

Hood returns to the Mavericks after appearing in 51 games from the Mavericks over the course of two seasons, notching four goals and 12 assists during his tenure. However, this time he’ll be behind the bench. Hood was known for his leadership on and off the ice, and was always one of the most respected guys in the locker room during his playing days.

“I’m very excited to have Kyle on board,” Mavericks head coach John-Scott Dickson said in the team announcement. “He believes in the approach that we want to take here in Missouri, and he’ll be a great asset to the organization. We have to surround ourselves with people who believe in the process and Kyle is a piece to that puzzle.”

“I feel very honored and grateful to be back with the Mavericks organization,” said Hood in the team announcement. “There is no greater compliment in sports as when a team asks a player to return as a coach. I have been fortunate to work with Brent Thiessen and Coach Dickson on numerous occasions, and I have tremendous respect for their knowledge and passion for the game.”

In addition to Hood, former Mavericks defenseman Matt Stephenson will also be taking on a larger role within Hockey Operations for the Mavericks, however the specifics of that role have not been confirmed yet. Simon Watson, who was an Associate Coach under former bench boss Richard Matvichuk, is rumored to be heavily involved with the USHL organization coming to the Kansas City area in 2017.

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