INDEPENDENCE, MO – Rookie head coach John-Scott Dickson continued to build his roster for the upcoming season, re-signing speedy forward Darren Nowick and bringing in defenseman Kevin Tansey. The team also inked forward Yuri Terao to a tryout agreement.
Nowick made his professional debut with the Mavericks last season, registering seven points (2g,5a) in 13 regular season games, adding three points in 10 playoff contests. The 24-year-old forward impressed both the Mavericks’ brass and the fan base with his skating ability and seemingly endless motor.
Often compared to former Maverick and MVP finalist Jesse Root, Nowick displayed tremendous ability to create separation from opposing defensemen, setting up multiple scoring opportunities on the offensive end, but he was also an effective back-checker as well. After losing the likes of Root, Tyler Barnes, and Kellen Jones, the Mavericks will need Nowick to take the next step in his first full season as a pro.
Tansey will also join the Mavericks for his first full professional season, after receiving significant interest from multiple teams. The 6’4″, 217lb defenseman made his professional debut with the Binghamton Senators of The AHL last season, appearing in 11 games after four years at Clarkson University. Tansey is a big, physical, aggressive defenseman that will be a nice addition to the steady Bryce Aneloski.
Terao is a 21-year-old forward out of Japan, who has made an impression while taking part in each of the previous three minicamps with the New York Islanders. Last season, Terao played with the Waterloo Blackhawks of the USHL, tallying 18 goals and 40 assists in 45 regular season games.
The Mavericks’ roster currently sits at six, so there is still quite a bit of work to be done. For those of you just joining us, here is an update on how the squad is shaping up:
Forwards – Andrew Courtney, Dan Correale, Darren Nowick, Yuri Terao
Defensemen – 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.