INDEPENDENCE, MO – As the Missouri Mavericks settle into their eighth season, a quick look back reveals a franchise that has been deep on talent over their first seven seasons. While the Mavericks are adapting to a new coach and a huge roster turnover, let’s take a trip in the way-back machine and go A-Z through the greatest Mavs of all-time based on their last name.
A Bryce Aneloski –Bryce was a solid defensive presence last year as he anchored the ever-changing blue line for the Brabham Cup champs. He enters his second season with the Mavericks in 2016-17.
B Tyler Barnes – 61 points in his first campaign with the Mavericks. Spent some time in the American Hockey League for Bridgeport, as well.
Honorable Mention- Mike Berry (57 points in 2010-2011)
C Andrew Courtney- What hasn’t been written about the franchise leader in almost every important category. Courtney figures to be the last Missouri player to wear the #27.
Honorable Mention- Rocco Carzo (41 assists last year) and Eric Castonguay (83 points in 2013-2014. Now playing in Sweden)
D John-Scott Dickson- Once part of a potent scoring line with Sebastien Thinel, now a rookie head coach for the Mavericks.
E Charlie Effinger- Before Josh Robinson, the goalie by which all other Mavericks net-minders were compared to.
F Tanner Fritz- Solid rookie campaign last year as he put up 33 points in only 43 games. Spent considerable time in Bridgeport of the American Hockey League and is back with the Sound Tigers this season.
G Todd Griffith- While the Mavericks haven’t had many players with a last name beginning with “G”, Griffith put up solid numbers in 2010-2011 with 25 points in 24 games with the orange and black sweater on.
H Josh Holmstrom- Model of consistency for the Mavericks in 2015-2016; bringing a tenacity and scoring touch to the Mavs night in and night out. Now playing with his brother, Ben, in Bridgeport.
Honorable Mention- Colten Hayes
I Radoslav Illo- Only Mavs player with an “I” last name in their history. Already making an impact this season though, with three goals on the young season.
J Ryan Jardine- Brought NHL game experience to the early Mavs squads and although he battled injuries during his tenure, Jardine put up solid numbers in the defunct Central Hockey League.
K Trevor Kell- Quietly put up 91 points in 104 games from 2012-2014.
Honorable Mention- Colt King was an instant fan favorite with his fists flying as frequently as his shots on goal.
L Carlyle Lewis- The Mavericks second captain (technically Tyler Fleck was the first, but he was only here for 20 games); an impressive 548 PIMs for those early Mavericks squads.
M Ed McGrane – While only playing one season for the team, put up an impressive 74 points with 27 goals and 47 helpers.
Honorable Mention- Mac was featured on Sportscenter for a trip that went uncalled.
N Darren Nowick- While technically a rookie this season, Nowick put up impressive numbers and a lot of grit last season in his short time with the team. Nowick found chemistry while centering the Andrew Courtney line last year.
O Shane Owen- Solid goaltender for the Mavericks in their last season in the CHL. Followed former coach Scott Hillman to the Indy Fuel before being traded to Elmira last season. Owen is playing for the Fife Flyers this season.
Honorable Mention- Chris Owens
P Dave Pszenyczny- “Just Dave”, “Chezy” or whatever you want to call the scrappy defenseman, he anchored the Mavericks blue line for three seasons and was a fan favorite. Since leaving the Mavs, Chezy has played for the Tulsa Oilers, Idaho Steelheads, and the Peoria Rivermen of the SPHL.
R Josh Robinson- Reigning ECHL Goaltender of the Year and ECHL record holder for consecutive wins by a goalie. What more can be said about Robotendy?
Honorable Mention- Jesse Root was a finalist for the ECHL MVP award last season despite a late season injury in a chippy game with the Allen Americans. Root moved overseas in the offseason and is enjoying success in Austria.
S Lindsay Sparks- One of the few bright spots on the 2014-2015 Mavs roster, Sparks put up 57 points in 62 games for the Mavericks.
Honorable Mention: Nick Sirota, Matt Stephenson, and David Simoes
T Sebastien Thinel- Between him and Courtney, they hold every Mavs record worth keeping. Provided outstanding leadership and scoring finesse for the Mavericks through the transition from the CHL to the ECHL.
U Michael Uvodich- The Overland Park, Kansas native played one game in a Mavericks sweater and is the only player in Mavs history with a last name that begins with “U”. The more you know, folks…
V Evan Vossen- Gritty player for the Mavericks over three seasons as the team transitioned leagues. Shared a love of Plowboys BBQ with this writer.
Honorable Mention- Bill Vandermeer was an original Maverick and provided a consistent scoring punch on the rotating roster of that first Mavericks season.
W Simon Watson- Played the game the right way and always found the perfect position to be in for a shot or an assist. One of the smartest players I’ve ever watched play; now a part of the coaching staff for the Mavericks.
X Marks the Spot, but not on this list.
Y Gus Young- In his first year with the Mavericks, Gus has one assist in four games.
Z Andy Zulyniak- Three assists in 15 games in 2011-2012.