Kansas City Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson was sitting at his desk inside Silverstein Eye Centers Arena and had a grin on his face.
He was reeling off a list of names of potential Mavericks players, but no goaltender was among them.
There were familiar names like Tyler Elbrecht and Rocco Carzo and youngsters who made an impact in the 2016-17 season like Dan Correale and Shawn Pauly, but the one question on everyone’s mind was simple: “Who was going to replace record-breaking goaltender Josh Robinson (who set an ECHL record 21-game personal win streak from Nov. 4, 2015 through Feb. 14, 2016)?”
Robinson had traded his stick for a whistle as he joined the coaching staff of the Florida Everblades.
The coy Dickson said, “Nothing to worry about, we’re going to find a goalie – probably a veteran guy and we’ll likely get a young guy from Calgary. Or, we could put Welles in there.”
Welles, Dickson’s young son, turned toward his dad and offered one of the toys he was playing with on the floor in front of dad’s desk.
Welles won’t be in the net for the Mavericks this season, but ECHL veteran Ty Rimmer will be.
“I am very excited to be joining the Mavericks organization,” Rimmer said. “I had heard only positive things about Kansas City, and John-Scott confirmed what it would be like to play for the Mavs. I am really looking forward to competing in front of such passionate fans and being a part of the Kansas City community.”
Last year, the Edmonton, Alberta, native competed for the Vipiteno Sterzing Broncos of the Alps Hockey League, a league that consists of teams from Austria, Italy and Slovenia. With the Broncos, Rimmer played in 31 games and claimed a 2.36 goals-against average with a strong .921 save percentage.
“Playing in Europe was a lot of fun and our team had some success, but after the season ended my agent and I started looking for something back in the states,” Rimmer added. “We talked with John-Scott and it didn’t take long to cut a deal. I played quite a few games in Kansas City back when I was with Quad City (in the 2013-14 Central Hockey League season) and I remember the rush coming out onto the ice with a sold-out building – and that’s when I was on the opposing team.
“I can’t wait to experience that as a member of the Mavericks.”
Neither can general manager Brent Thiessen.
“Ty definitely brings a lot of experience to our goalie group,” Thiessen said. “He takes a professional approach to the rink every day. Ty is a solid addition to our team.”
Rimmer, 25, has played professionally since the 2012-13 season when he broke into the American Hockey League with one game for the Manchester Monarchs. He started the 2013-14 season with three games for the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons before playing 39 games with Quad City. He played the 2014-15 season with the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors before splitting time in 2015-16 with the ECHL’s Norfolk Admirals and the Condors, who had moved to the AHL.
He is 40-38-12 in 98 CHL and ECHL games and 3-3-2 in 10 AHL games in his career.
“Ty is a true professional, from his game-day performance through his approach in practice,” Dickson said. “He’s a guy who has played at the next level and will provide great experience to our team. We’re excited about adding Ty to our roster. It will be great to have a veteran presence with the younger guys we get from Calgary.”
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound goaltender also brings ECHL experience to Kansas City with stints with Bakersfield (2014-15) and Norfolk (2015-16). He has played 59 games at the ECHL level and carries a 22-24-7 record in net.
“I hope to be a solid presence in the locker room and on the ice,” Rimmer said. “I’m looking forward to working with the younger goalie on the team and promise that I will do anything I can to help this team win.”
Prior to his professional career, Rimmer spent time with the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings, Prince George Cougars, Tri-City Americans and Lethbridge Hurricanes over five seasons in major junior hockey.