The Missouri Mavericks traded defenseman Dominic D’Amour to the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees in exchange for future considerations Saturday.
The second-year Central Hockey League team also announced this weekend that forward Olivier Filion has been placed on team suspension
The Missouri Mavericks traded defenseman Dominic D’Amour to the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees Saturday in exchange for forward Sean Muncy.
The second-year Central Hockey League team also announced this weekend that forward Olivier Filion has been placed on team suspension.
“We’re going to miss Dom,” Hillman said, “but we brought him in to stabilize our power play, and it just wasn’t working. And with the situation with Olivier, we had to make a move. It’s never easy to trade a player, but we had to do something, and do something quick.”
Muncy, 26, was second in scoring on the Killer Bees roster with 31 points on 14 goals and 17 assists, and he will begin his tenure with the Mavericks as the team’s leading scorer.
The Chesterfield, Mo., native will also come to the Mavericks as the team’s assist leader (17) and power play points leader with nine.
“We are really pleased to have Sean join our team,” Hillman said. “He is another local Missouri product and we are hopeful he will continue his offensive production with the Mavericks.”
Derek Pallardy, the Mavericks versatile forward/defender, is excited about Muncy joining the team.
“A great guy and a great player,” said Pallardy, who is also from Chesterfield, a St. Louis suburb. “He’s one of those guys who’s always smiling, always having a great time.”
The 6-foot, 185-pound forward is currently in his second season of professional hockey having played for the Killer Bees during his rookie season as well.
“We believe this trade will make us better,” Hillman added. “We have received a very good player from the Killer Bees, and this also frees up some salary cap room in order to find a defenseman who can quarterback our power play with more efficiency.
“We thank Dominic for his time here and wish him well. He represented us with class and I suspect the Killer Bees will be very happy to have him on their team.”
Filion notified the team prior to the Mavericks’ 3-0 loss Friday that he was leaving to pursue interests outside of hockey and was therefore put on the team suspension list. He had even mentioned the move on his Facebook page.
When asked about Filion, the Mavs coach bristled.
“How can a captain do that to his teammates and to our fans?” Hillman asked, choosing words carefully. “This is a big blow to our team, one we didn’t see coming. And the timing could not be worse as we play a stretch of six games in nine days. You could tell the boys were in complete shock Friday night.
“I will never make an excuse following a loss, but I couldn’t tell anyone what was happening. It affects the line Filion was a part of and the line that we had to take a player from to replace Filion. He was a major contributor to our team and it will take a lot of adapting by players in our locker room to fill that gap.”
Page 2 of 2 - Muncy is expected to join the team in time for Friday night’s home game against Wichita at the Independence Events Center.