The Kansas City Mavericks have renewed their affiliation with the National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames and American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat.
The new agreement brings the partnership into its second season.
“It’s really good,” Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson said of the extension. “Last year was kind of a feeling out process for both organizations.
“I think they wanted to know what to expect from our organization – with a young coach who still has a lot to learn – and we realized that they will provide the support and players we need to make our organization successful.
“I’m really excited about the renewal and I hope they are too.”
Kansas City had six players from the Flames’ organization on its roster in 2017-18, including goalies Mason McDonald and Tyler Parsons, defenseman Kayle Doetzel and forwards Mike McMurtry, Darren Nowick and Hunter Smith.
“We’re thrilled to continue building our relationship with the Flames and Heat,” Mavericks president and general manager Brent Thiessen said in a release. “Partnering with the Flames’ organization allows us to maintain our momentum within the affiliation and work with a top-notch franchise with a build-from-the-bottom philosophy.
“The Mavericks and I look forward to year two of what we believe will be one of the premier partnerships in all of professional hockey.”
Stockton coach Cail MacLean echoed Thiessen’s philosophy.
“We’re pleased to renew our ECHL affiliation with the group in Kansas City,” MacLean said in the release. “Our players were well taken care of and we view Kansas City as a premier franchise in the ECHL. We look forward to growing our relationship again this season.”
The Mavericks will enter their fifth year in the ECHL and 10th as a club this season. Kansas City was unaffiliated in 2014-15, before partnering with the New York Islanders for 2015-16 and 2016-17 along with a working agreement with the St. Louis Blues in the 2016-17 campaign.