Kansas City Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson hopes members of the Orange Army are as excited as he is about the team’s latest signing.
The Mavericks have added defenseman Patch Alber to the 2017-18 roster – that’s right, the same Patch Alber who played for the team during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 campaigns. He was traded to Adirondack on Oct. 21, 2015.
“Patch is excited about coming back and we’re thrilled to have him in a Mavericks jersey,” Dickson said. “It says a lot about an organization when a player, who was traded away, wants to come back to your team.
"Patch is a good puck-moving defenseman, sees the ice well and pushes the pace out of the defensive zone. He has very high character, competes hard and brings a team-first approach. He’s just the type of man that we want in our organization."
General manager Brent Thiessen agrees.
"We're thrilled to welcome Patch back to Kansas City," Thiessen said. "He sees the ice well and skates very well, too. He was a steadying presence on the blue line and was productive on both ends of the ice in his previous stint with the Mavericks and we're looking for more of the same from him this season."
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Alber, 28, played 56 games with the Mavericks in the 2014-15 season and just two in 2015-16 before being traded to the Adirondack Thunder. In that time, he produced 26 points (1 goal, 25 assists) in addition to a plus-10 rating.
"I’m very excited to be back in Kansas City," Alber said. "It’s such an amazing place to play. The organization is first class with a huge emphasis on winning. The fans are amazing to play in front of. It’s a hard city to beat as far as a place to live. When I started talking to Coach Dickson I knew coming back would be a great fit.”
While playing in Adirondack, Alber went on to set personal records with his new team, finishing with a then-career-high 30 points, all assists, in 2015-16 before topping that mark with 39 points (2 goals, 37 assists) last year. He finished a plus-nine in two seasons with the Thunder.
He also got his first Kelly Cup Playoffs experience with Adirondack, a team that reached the postseason in both of his seasons. In 18 games, he has four points and was a plus-three.
Prior to joining the Mavericks, the Clifton Park, N.Y., native skated in 84 games for the Elmira Jackals, where he recorded 24 points (6 goals, 18 assists). The upcoming season will be his fifth in the ECHL.
Alber played his collegiate hockey at Boston College, where he helped the Eagles win two national championships, three conference tournament championships and one Hockey East regular season conference title.