Justin Breton appeared to be on his way to a strong season for the Kansas City Mavericks last year.
But a leg injury derailed that.
Now he will get another chance after signing with the Mavericks for the 2018-19 ECHL season. He will be joined by another familiar face. Fellow forward Eric Freschi, who spent his pro rookie season with the Mavs last year, also re-signed Tuesday, head coach John-Scott Dickson announced.
Breton, 29, was off to a strong start last season with five goals and 16 assists in 37 games before a leg injury in January ended his season.
“I’m looking forward to another season in Kansas City,” Breton said in a press release. “I can’t wait to help the Mavericks compete for the Kelly Cup.”
The 6-foot-1, 194-pound forward joined the Mavericks late in the 2016-17 campaign. The left-hander began his ECHL career in 2014-15 with the Alaska Aces, spending his first three professional seasons in Anchorage. He also had a brief stop with the Kalamazoo Wings prior to coming to Kansas City.
A native of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Breton also played two games in the American Hockey League with the Manitoba Moose in the 2015-16 season.
Prior to turning pro, he had 65 points (27 goals, 38 assists) in 140 games at Bentley University.
Freschi, 25, rejoins the Mavericks following his rookie campaign in 2017-18. In his first pro season, the 5-foot-11, 194-pound forward registered seven goals and 17 assists with a plus-4 rating in 50 games.
“I’m excited to be back with the Mavericks organization and can’t wait to get to work,” Freschi said in the press release.
The Bloomington, Minnesota, native signed with the Mavericks out of Cornell University, where he received the team’s Cornell Hockey Association Award two times, an honor given annually to the player whose contributions to the team don’t show up in the box score but are in the form of energy, heart and hustle. In 126 career games with the Big Red, Freschi totaled 30 points on nine goals and 21 assists.
The right-handed forward quickly found a home in the Mavericks record book last season with a five-point night – two goals and three assists – against the Wichita Thunder, most by any Maverick in the ECHL. He also finished the game with a plus-5 rating, tying for the high-water mark in team history.