INDEPENDENCE, MO – The Missouri Mavericks announced their third coach in team history on Thursday, tabbing one of the franchise’s most successful and popular players as their new bench boss. John-Scott Dickson will take the reigns from Richard Matvichuk, who recently accepted the head coaching position with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL.
Dickson joined Matvichuk’s coaching staff prior to the 2015-16 season as an Assistant Coach, after four seasons on the ice for Mavericks. He currently ranks third in games played (220), goals (75), assists (79), and points (154) in the organization’s history, trailing only Sebastien Thinel and Andrew Courtney in those categories. Known for his work ethic and leadership on the ice, Dickson thrived in the first season of his coaching career, earning high praise from many of the Mavericks players.
“I am incredibly thankful to Lamar Hunt Jr. and Brent Thiessen for the opportunity to coach the Mavericks. When I played for the Mavericks I was never complacent; I always strived to improve and perform at my best. It will be the same approach for me as a coach,” Dickson said.
“Our team is going to focus on playing fast, aggressive and disciplined hockey. We have the best home-ice advantage in the ECHL with the Orange Army behind us and everything we do will be about bringing home a championship,” said new Mavericks head coach and director of hockey operations John-Scott Dickson.
“John-Scott Dickson was a consummate pro as a player and that will carry over to his coaching career. He was loved and respected by his teammates and the Mavericks fans, and he is truly the best fit to lead the Mavericks as our head coach,” said Mavericks owner Lamar Hunt Jr.
Dickson takes over for Matvichuk, whose brief tenure with the Mavericks was book-ended by the best and worst seasons in team history. After a disappointing debut year for Matvichuk in which the team missed the playoffs for the first time ever, he led the Mavericks to a team record 52 wins, and the top overall seed for the Kelly Cup playoffs. After being bounced by the eventual Kelly Cup Champion Allen Americans in the Conference Semifinals, questions about Matvichuk’s future in Missouri began to rise across the minor league hockey community, due in large part to the success of the 2015-16 season. Those questions were answered on June 2nd, when Matvichuk was officially introduced by Prince George.
“We are ecstatic to have John-Scott Dickson as our new head coach. As an assistant coach he was an integral part of our record-setting 2015-16 season, and as a player he embodied what it means to be a Maverick; commitment to excellence, dedication to his teammates and desire to give back to the community that supports this team. All of us with the Mavericks are supremely confident that John-Scott will lead us to the ultimate goal – a Kelly Cup championship,” said Mavericks general manager Brent Thiessen.
The Mavericks open the season on the road against the defending Kelly Cup Champion Allen Americans on October 15.
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