Independence, MO – The Kansas City Mavericks have spent the majority of this offseason building their blue line, capped by the recent signing of Patch Alber, and acquisition of Bryce Aneloski. Now that their defensive unit is all but solidified, General Manager Brent Thiessen and Head Coach John-Scott Dickson have shifted their focus to replace some of the offensive production lost with Dane Fox going overseas and Dan Correale not under contract. The Mavericks announced on Wednesday the additions of forwards Zach Stepan and Mark Cooper to their 2017-18 squad.
Stepan is a fourth round selection by the Nashville Predators in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft (and also cousin to Derek Stepan, formerly of the New York Rangers, now with the Arizona Coyotes). After a dominant season in the USHL back in 2012-13 where he posted 78 points in 56 games with the Waterloo Black Hawks, Stepan joined the collegiate ranks to play for Minnesota State – Mankato. During his tenure with the NCAA’s Mavericks, the 6-0, 175lb forward tallied 24 goals and 35 assists over four seasons.
Cooper made his professional debut with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, appearing in two games during the 2015-16 season. Last season, Cooper played the majority of the season for the Rapid City Rush where he was very productive, amassing 42 points in 54 games. Cooper also earned a few trips to the AHL with the Tuscon Roadrunners throughout the season, pitching in two helpers in 10 games. The 6-2, 190lb forward played collegiately at Bowling Green State University. In four seasons, he registered 45 goals and 46 assists for the Falcons.
Here is an updated look at the Mavericks Roster:
Forwards – Rocco Carzo, Mark Cooper, Carson Dubchak, Shawn Pauly, Zach Stepan, Jared VanWormer
Defensemen – Patch Alber, Bryce Aneloski, Alex Brooks, Tyler Elbrecht, Nate Widman
Goalies – None
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