February 6, 2015 - Missouri Mavericks vs. Rapid City Rush, Independence, Missouri -  © John Howe / Howe Creative Photography 2015, all rights reserved
February 6, 2015 – Missouri Mavericks vs. Rapid City Rush, Independence, Missouri – © John Howe / Howe Creative Photography 2015, all rights reserved

Sebastien Thinel announced via social media Tuesday that he has signed with a professional ice hockey team in Europe for the 2015-16 season. Thinel has served as the Team Captain of the Missouri Mavericks for the past four seasons, surpassing personal and league records, being recognized multiple times as a league MVP in the Central Hockey League (CHL), and standing out as a leader in the Mavericks line-up.

Thinel’s announcement came in a series of tweets:

Thinel was originally signed by the Missouri Mavericks ahead of the 2011-12 campaign in the Central Hockey League, over the course of the next four seasons, “Sebby” was voted by his teammates into the honor of Team Captain in the Mavs locker room and on the ice, accumulating 342 points (92G, 250A) through 265 regular season games. In the playoffs, Thinel accumulated 36 points in 29 playoff games.

He will forever hold 2nd in all-time Central Hockey League assists (609) and 3rd in all-time CHL points (919), having set these marks prior to the Mavericks move to the ECHL in October 2014. The 6’1” St. Jerome, Quebec native also claimed the CHL Most Valuable Player Award for the 2008-09 and 2012-13 seasons.

The veteran left winger surpassed his 1000th professional career point with the Mavericks on Dec. 30, 2014, becoming the first player in franchise history to do so. Thinel has been an integral part of the Missouri Mavericks, both on the ice and in the surrounding community.

In a conversation a couple of weeks ago, Thinel told The Sin Bin’s Joe Rozycki he really enjoyed playing in Europe and wanted to play with his brother Marc-Andre prior to retiring. Marc-Andre is the captain of the Rouen Dragons, a team that plays in the Ligue Magnus in France.

We will have much more on this developing story, so stay with The Sin Bin!

 

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