When Richard Matvichuk signed on to coach the Missouri Mavericks, he began his quest to bring former Allen Americans enforcer Scott Langdon to Independence.
The Mavericks announced Friday that Langdon, a defenseman, and right wing T.J. Battani have signed on for the upcoming season. They join previous signees and Maverick veterans John-Scott Dickson and Andrew Courtney, who signed earlier in the week.
“Scott was one of the first guys I targeted, one of the first guys I wanted the Mavericks to sign,” Matvichuk said. “I coached him two years ago in Allen. I know what he brings to the table.
“He is going to be a fan favorite. He’s going to be an icon on the ice and in the community. When I talked with him about coming to Missouri, the first thing he said was, ‘Coach, all I want to do is win.’ We’re on the same wavelength.
“Since he played in Allen a couple of years ago, he knows about our great building and our fan base. I think he’s as excited to be coming to the Mavericks as I am to have him on the roster.”
Langdon, 29, is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound defenseman from Ancaster, Ontario. He played a majority of the 2013-14 season for the San Francisco Bulls of the East Coast Hockey League, scoring three goals and tallying 100 penalty minutes. He was a member of the Allen Americans in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Allen has won the CHL championship the past two seasons.
Throughout his professional career Langdon has totaled 17 goals, 62 assists and 764 penalty minutes in 367 games.
“Scott is a proven leader who has been a captain on every team he’s been associated with,” said Matvichuk, a former Allen Americans assistant. “He brings a physical presence to the defensive core that I feel is needed on the Mavericks.”
Battani, 24, is a 6-1, 202-pound forward from Armada, Michigan. He spent the past two seasons with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL. Battani played 52 games with the Grizzlies, scoring four goals with three assists and totaling 149 penalty minutes.
“T.J. is a player who will do whatever it takes for his team to win,” Matvichuk said. “Coaches, scouts and his former teammates told me he would block a shot with his face if that would prevent a goal. He is an elite penalty killer and a great shot blocker. And he will add an additional physical presence to the Mavs.
“These two guys are going to be special players. I can’t wait to get them here and for the season to get started.”