The Missouri Mavericks have added offensive punch and toughness to the roster by signing center Collin Circelli and defenseman Dallas Ehrhardt to standard player contracts for the 2014-15 season.
“These guys are going to make the Mavericks a better team,” new Mavericks coach Richard Matvichuk said Thursday morning. “We’re really excited to bring them to town.”
Circelli, who will be 33 when the season begins, is a native of Oshawa, Ontario, and a former teammate of captain Sebastien Thinel (2007-2010 with the now defunct Odessa Jackalopes of the Central Hockey League).
“Thinel told me about Circelli, who played in France last year, and we got in touch with him and he’s excited to come to town and get back with his former teammate,” the coach said.
“He’s going to be a great power play guy, and a guy who can put the puck in the back of the net. The fans are going to enjoy watching this guy play.”
Circelli has 85 goals and 85 assists through 212 CHL career games with Wichita, Odessa and Rapid City. He totaled 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 47 games with the Rapid City Rush in the 2011-12 season. He had 45 points (23 goals, 22 assists) in 46 games in the last two seasons with Rapaces de Gap in France's Ligue Magnus.
Ehrhardt, 21, spent the majority of the 2013-14 season with Matvichuk’s former Allen Americans championship team. The 6-foot-4, 216-pound defenseman from Calgary, Alberta, scored seven points and had 104 penalty minutes in 47 regular-season games.
“Dallas is a big strong kid who is still growing into his body,” Matvichuk said. “He is going to make us a much more physical team. If he needs to fight, he can fight. He uses his size and strength to his advantage, and is going to be a very physical player for us this season.
“He’s also going to be a big part of our penalty kill. I’ve worked with Dallas before and look forward to having him on the roster again.”