INDEPENDENCE, MO – The Kansas City Mavericks have added two young forwards to the mix for the 2017-18 season, as Head Coach John-Scott Dickson continues to build his squad for the upcoming campaign. The team announced on Wednesday the signings of forwards Jared VanWormer and Carson Dubchak.
VanWormer made his professional debut with the Mavericks during the 2016-17 season, appearing in 10 games, pitching in one assist. The 6-0, 200lb forward out of Traverse City, Michigan played collegiately at Ferris State University, where he amassed 25 goals and 35 assists during his four-year tenure with the Bulldogs.
Dubchak joins the Mavericks for his first full season as a pro after five seasons at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The 5-11, 181lb forward registered 36 goals and 45 assists in 118 collegiate contests, with his most impressive season being his last where he averaged better than a point per game (29 points in 26 games). Dubchak had a taste of professional hockey prior to going to college, appearing in four playoff games with the Allen Americans during the 2010-11 season.
Here is a look at how the Mavericks roster currently stands:
Forwards – Rocco Carzo, Dubchak, Shawn Pauly, VanWormer
Defenseman – Alex Brooks, Tyler Elbrecht, Nate Widman
The Mavericks have some holes to fill, especially with the news of Radoslav Illo and Dane Fox going overseas to play this upcoming season. Another factor to consider is how many players will be headed to Kansas City from both Stockton and Calgary. If the Mavericks believe that they will have a large number of players assigned, then the quantity of ECHL contracts handed out will be few.
If that turns out to be the case, Dickson has done an admirable job of providing depth on both sides of the ice to compliment the prospects that are (hypothetically) headed this way.