The Missouri Mavericks continued to retool their blue line on Wednesday, announcing the signings of Patrick Cullity and Wes Cunningham to an already formidable group. Defensive inconsistencies plagued the Mavericks during their 2014-15 campaign, and when Richard Matvichuk is your bench boss, that isn’t going to continue under his watch. Cullity and Cunningham bring extensive resumes both at the ECHL and AHL level, and will join Bryce Aneloski (once he’s officially under contract), Patch Alber, Dax Lauwers, and Chris Owens to give the Mavs arguably their best defensive unit (on paper) in the team’s short history.
Cullity spent the previous two seasons with the Idaho Steelheads, and also had a brief cup of tea with the Springfield Falcons in the AHL. For Idaho, he appeared in 149 games, tallying six goals and 41 assists. The 6’2″, 200lb defenseman has appeared in 78 AHL games over the course of the last six seasons.
Cunningham has spent time with four different ECHL teams since his professional debut with the Elmira Jackals back in the 2008-09 season. The 5’11”, 185lb blue liner spent the 2013-14 season with the Bakersfield Condors, racking up 26 points (4g,22a) in 57 games.
The Mavericks roster currently sits at 14 players (not including Aneloski or Sebastien Sylvestre), and I’m guessing they will add a few more free agents prior to getting a crop of players from Bridgeport, which is expected to include another goalie to join Josh Robinson.