If you are a Missouri Mavericks fan and have the chance to get away from the office at 10 this morning, you might want to be at the Independence Events Center, where the team will introduce its new head coach.
For weeks, fans and members of the media have been speculating as to who would replace Scott Hillman, the only head coach in the five-year history of the Central Hockey League team.
“We have a short list,” team president Brent Thiessen said a few weeks back, “and we’re going to do this right. We’re going to get the right man, a coach who can take this team to the next level.”
And that level is a championship, the only goal that eluded Hillman and the Mavericks the past five seasons. Hillman led the Mavericks to a playoff berth each year since the team’s formation in 2009. In 2012 and 2013, the Mavericks reached Game 7 of the semifinals, only to lose that game on road ice.
This past campaign, the Mavericks led the CHL with 44 wins and had home ice throughout the playoffs. However, a strong No. 8 seed Arizona Sundogs squad knocked off the Mavericks in the first round, sending shock waves around the CHL and the team’s front office inside the Independence Events Center.
Hillman announced his resignation in May so he could take a new coaching position with the East Coast Hockey League's first-year team, the Indianapolis Fuel, and Thiessen began his search for a new head coach.
According to many players and members of the front office, it appears the Mavericks got the coach they were after, and fans can meet him at 10 this morning at a news conference that is open to the public.
“We can’t wait for our fans to meet our new coach,” Thiessen said, “and we want him to meet the best fans in the CHL.”