INDEPENDENCE, MO – The Kansas City Mavericks are bringing back a familiar face. Wednesday, the team announced the signing of defenseman Patch Alber for the 2017-18 ECHL season.

Alber played 56 games for the Mavericks during the 2014-15 season, and two more games the following season before being shipped off to the Adirondack Thunder. In his stint with the Mavericks, Alber accumulated 26 points (1G, 25A), 20 PIM and a solid +10 rating as an anchor on the blueline.

After the trade, he went onto contribute 30 assists with the Thunder in 2015-16 and another 39 points (2G, 37A) this past season.

Patch Alber defends his net in a game against Norfolk last season while a member of Adirondack. He’ll suit up for the Kansas City Mavericks this year. Photo by Sarah Hobday/The Sin Bin

Before his stop with the Mavericks, Alber had played for the Elmira Jackals and spent four successful years playing for Boston College in the super competitive Hockey East Conference.

“Patch is a good puck-moving defenseman, sees the ice well and pushes the pace out of the defensive zone,” said Mavericks head coach John-Scott Dickson. “He has very high character, competes hard and brings a team-first approach. He’s just the type of man that we want in our organization.”

Coach John-Scott Dickson continues to build a solid defensive core for his team next season. Alber will join previously signed Tyler Elbrecht, Alex Brooks, and Nate Widman on the blue line for the 2017-18 campaign and should provide some great depth and a knack for setting up his teammates to score next season.

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