The Missouri Mavericks can add a new postseason award to their long list of honors since they came to Independence back in 2009.
The Central Hockey League team is the winner of the 2014 Harry Truman Community Special Recognition Award.
The Mavericks will receive the award at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on the steps of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24 in Independence. Fans are invited to the event.
The Mavericks just finished their fifth season at the Independence Events Center, finishing in first place in the regular season, only to fall to Arizona in the first round of the CHL playoffs.
The Mavericks have recognized President Truman since their first day in Independence, handing out jerseys with Truman’s likeness on them to the mayor, council members and other dignitaries at the news conference announcing the arrival of the team.
Over the past five years, the Mavericks have donated more than $1 million to charities in Independence and Eastern Jackson County.
“This is a great honor for our organization,” team president Brent Thiessen said Tuesday afternoon. “When we came to Independence five years ago, we said we wanted to make an impact on the ice and in the community.
“I believe our hockey people have helped us become a successful team on the ice and our entire organization has helped us make an impact in the community. To receive any type of honor from the city of Independence is special, but to receive an honor that is associated with President Truman makes it even more special.”
While the Mavericks hope one year to hoist a championship banner to the rafters of the Events Center, their first banner was a jersey with the No. 33 – representing Truman as the 33rd president of the United States.
At a Feb. 15 home game, the team handed out a bobblehead of the 33rd president in honor of Presidents Day.
Following the ceremony, which also features Congressman Emanuel Cleaver winning the Harry S. Truman Award for Public Service, the public is invited into the library for an open reception.