The Kansas City Mavericks have acquired the rights to forward Jordan Kwas from the Wheeling Nailers.

In exchange for the rights to Kwas, the Mavericks sent defenseman Zach Tolkinen to Wheeling.

“It’s a part of the job that stinks – when you have to tell a great guy like Zach he’s been traded – but it’s all part of the game, unfortunately,” Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson said. “When we look at out (player) board, we needed to add that forward who could score some goals, and to get talent, you have to trade talent.”

Kwas, 28, is set to enter his fourth season in the ECHL. He spent the better part of the past two seasons with the Nailers, helping Wheeling reach the Kelly Cup Finals in 2015-16.

“He knows what it’s like to play in a finals, and that’s big – on the ice and in the locker room,” Dickson added.

The 5-foot-10, 183-pound forward remains unsigned for the 2017-18 season. He is coming off a year in which he posted career highs in points (44), goals (20), assists (24) and penalty minutes (58).

The Cochrane, Alberta, native had previous stints with the South Carolina Stingrays (17 games in 2015-16) and Colorado Eagles (2014-15, 2015-16). He has ECHL career totals of 41 goals and 63 assists for 104 points in 198 games played.

The played his collegiate hockey for the University of Alaska-Anchorage, posting career highs in points (32) and goals (13) as a senior.