The Kansas City Mavericks protected 24 players for the 2018-19 season, the ECHL team announced Friday.
Of the 24 players protected, none are goaltenders.
Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The players are not guaranteed spots on the 2018-19 roster.
The Mavericks protected forwards Greg Betzold, Justin Breton, Rocco Carzo, Mark Cooper, Dan Correale, Logan DeNoble, Corey Durocher, C.J. Eick, Dane Fox, Eric Freschi, Radoslav Illo, Jordan Kwas, Brogan O’Brien, Shawn Pauly, Matt Robertson, John Schiavo, Danny Smith and Jared VanWormer.
Defensemen protected included Patch Alber, Bryce Aneloski, Alex Brooks, Troy Donnay, Tyler Elbrecht and Nate Widman.
Teams can protect players who:
• Signed a standard player contract in 2017-18 and has not been traded or released.
• Signed a standard player contract in 2017-18 and was recalled to the NHL/AHL or IIHF team, and has not been traded or released.
• Had received a qualifying offer last summer for the current season, did not sign a standard player contract, and has not been traded or released.
• Has been suspended by the team or league, and has not been traded or released.
• Signed a standard player contract on or after the first day of the 2017-18 regular season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released.
• Has executed the ECHL Retirement Form, and has not been traded or released.
The ECHL also announced that teams must complete all future considerations trades by 2 p.m. June 13 and that teams must submit season-ending rosters by 2 p.m. June 15. Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2017-18.