Editor's note: The Examiner will be announcing the members of the Missouri Mavericks' Top 10 all-time team over the next two weeks. Each sports section will feature a member of the team, as voted on by fans on the Mavericks home web page. Longtime fan favorite John-Scott Dickson is featured today.
By Bill Althaus
For the past three seasons, John-Scott Dickson has rolled up his sleeves, packed his lunch pail and gone to work for the Missouri Mavericks.
Sure, he's scored 68 goals and added 74 assists through his career, but it's the little things this blue-collar player does that makes him so special to a team that has made the playoffs each year of its existence.
“When John-Scott arrived in Missouri three years ago, we knew we had a player we could build a team around,” team president Brent Thiessen said. “He's not flashy. He might not do anything you really remember from a game, but he's a winner.
“He does the little things that all winning teams need to succeed. He'll block a shot, he'll star on our special teams. He's a leader in the clubhouse, and he is a warrior.”
His first two seasons in Independence, Dickson did not miss a game. Last season, he suffered a late-season injury and played in just 56 games, missing most of the opening-round playoff loss to No. 8 seed Arizona.
“Look at what his absence meant in the playoffs,” Thiessen continued. “Do we win that playoff series with a healthy John-Scott Dickson? No one can say, for sure. But I like our chances a lot more with him in there. He's the consummate pro, a player's player who the guys embrace and love to call their teammate.
“He is certainly deserving of his spot on our all-time top 10 team. I'm happy our fans noticed what we've noticed the past three years. John-Scott Dickson is an important part of our team.”
Dickson has proven himself a vital addition to the Missouri special teams, scoring five power-play goals and adding four power-play assists last season, with 22 power-play goals and 14 power-play assists over the past three years. He and Andrew Courtney were the first two players the Mavericks signed for new coach Richard Matvichuk.
“Our only goal this year is to win a championship,” Matvichuk said, “and by signing a guy like John-Scott Dickson, we're a step closer to that goal. He is a winner, and he is going to play a big role for this team this upcoming season.”
Like so many other members of a team that has been embraced by Eastern Jackson County, the North York, Ontario, native now calls Missouri his home.
“I love it here, and I can't say thank you enough to our fans for voting me onto this top 10 team,” Dickson said. “I mean this from the bottom of my heart, it means a lot to me. I'm not a flashy player who gets a lot of headlines. I don't do the things that stand out in the boxscore, but I play hard and I play to win.
“I will do anything to help this team win, and all I can think about is what it would mean to this organization and the Orange Army to bring a championship to Independence. We won the Governors’ Cup last year, but that wasn't our big goal. We wanted a championship, and we fell short.
“When I get together with the guys who are in town, all we talk about is winning a championship and what we need to do to accomplish that. I know it's Coach Matvichuk's only goal, and it's our only goal, too.”
Dickson met his wife Ashley while playing for the Mavericks. They have a daughter, 14-month-old Harlow, and they are expecting their second child in September.
“My family is so important to me,” Dickson said. “I am a lucky guy. I play for the best organization in the CHL, we play in front of a sold-out crowd every home game and I have a wonderful family. You can't ask for much more than that.”
He paused for a moment, then added, “Expect a championship! And we're going to do our best to make that happen this season.”