The Missouri Mavericks will introduce just the second head coach in the five-year history of the Central Hockey League team at a 10 a.m. news conference Thursday at the Independence Events Center.
“We are introducing our new coach and excited for the best fans in the CHL to have an opportunity to meet him,” Mavericks team president Brent Thiessen said Monday.
The Mavericks have conducted many interviews from what Thiessen called “a short list” of candidates over the past three weeks.
After enjoying the most successful regular season in the history of the team, the top-seeded Mavericks were knocked out of the playoffs by No. 8 seed Arizona in a series that left the organization reeling.
Head coach Scott Hillman, who led the Mavericks to the playoffs in each of the five seasons the team has been in existence, resigned following the season to take a job with a new East Coast Hockey League team, the Indianapolis Fuel.
Hillman said it was a tough decision because he wanted to lead the Mavericks to the CHL championship. That was the lone goal that eluded Hillman and the Mavericks the past five seasons as they have been named the CHL Franchise of the Year the past three years in a row.
“We hate to see Scott go,” said team captain Sebastien Thinel, who played with Hillman on the now-defunct Odessa Jackalopes and has served as the Mavericks’ captain the past three seasons. “He is a good friend and a good coach. Brent knows what he is doing and I am sure he will bring in another fine coach.”
Thiessen said the new coach will have the same strong ties to the community and the Mavericks’ fan base as Hillman did.