Kansas City Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson is going to have plenty talk about at Fan Fest, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, as his ECHL team signed three more players Wednesday.
The Mavericks added forward Justin Breton and defensemen Troy Donnay and Tyler Palmer to their 2017-18 preseason roster.
“The team is really coming together,” said Dickson, who enters his second season as the Mavericks head coach. “I like what we’ve done in the offseason. Like so many members of the Orange Army, I wish we could start the season today – although we’d need a few practices to do that.”
President and general manager Brent Thiessen shares Dickson’s passion.
“We’re excited about these three additions to our roster,” Thiessen said. “We believe they will be strong contributors to our team both on the ice and in our room, and we’re excited to get them to Kansas City for the season.”
Breton, 28, was acquired by the Mavericks at the trade deadline last season in a future considerations deal with Kalamazoo. In 12 games with Kansas City, the forward contributed three assists.
Prior to joining the Mavericks, the 6-foot-1, 194 pounder played in 33 games for the ECHL’s Alaska Aces and in 14 games for the Kalamazoo Wings. He finished the year with season totals of 21 points in 59 games.
“I chose to play in Kansas City again because it is the best place to play in the ECHL,” Breton said. “The fans are top notch and provide a fun atmosphere. I’m excited for another season with the team and to take another shot at bringing the Kelly Cup to Kansas City.”
The Fitchburg, Mass., native had also played for Alaska in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 campaigns and made a stop with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League for two games in the 2015-16 season. To date, the left-hand-shooting forward has ECHL career marks of 82 points and 48 penalty minutes in 175 games played.
“Justin brings speed and experience to our forward group,” Dickson said. “We’re excited to bring him back to Kansas City. After his season last year I know he’s coming back hungry, motivated and looking to have a great season.”
Donnay, 23, joins the Mavericks after spending the previous two seasons with the ECHL’s Greenville Swamp Rabbits. In Greenville, Donnay totaled 28 points and 130 penalty minutes in 122 games in addition to a plus-7 rating.
The 6-foot-7, 205-pound defenseman signed an entry level contract with the New York Rangers in July of 2013, prior to completing his fourth season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters. He played for Erie from 2011-12 through the 2014-15 and was an alternate captain on the 2012-13 and 2013-14 editions of the Otters.
“I’m really excited to be joining Kansas City,” Donnay said. “I’ve heard a lot of great things about the organization through past and present players. I can’t wait to get the season started and to play in front of the fans in Kansas City.”
Prior to joining Erie, the Flint, Michigan, native skated in two seasons with the London Knights. In two seasons with London, he totaled four points, all assists, in 48 games with a plus-5 rating.
“Troy brings toughness and is tough to play against,” Dickson said. “He’s looking to have a great year and take that next step in his career. Troy signed a NHL contract with the New York Rangers and after seeing him play two full seasons in Greenville I can say the potential is definitely there.”
Palmer, 23, comes to Kansas City after spending four years at MacEwan University.
At MacEwan, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound defenseman totaled 44 points and 34 penalty minutes in 73 games while carrying a plus-45 rating.
“Tyler is looking to come in and prove himself,” Dickson said. “He’s a team-first guy who came highly recommended by (former Maverick) Kane Lafranchise. We’re excited to see what he can do and add to our team.”
A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Palmer played one season for the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in 2012-13, registering four assists in 12 games.
“Choosing to come to Kansas City was easy for me,” said Palmer. “Kane had nothing but great things to say about the coaching staff, the city, the fans and the community support for the team. Talking with John-Scott reaffirmed all of these things, and right from the get-go I felt Kansas City would be the best fit for me. I’m excited to take the next step in my hockey career and can’t wait for October.”
The Mavericks, who expect to get more players from the NHL affiliate Calgary Flames and the AHL Stockton Thunder, have 17 players signed so far for the preseason roster.