Missouri Mavericks coach Scott Hillman confirmed late Tuesday night that the Central Hockey League team has traded all-star forward Nick Sirota to the Arizona Sundogs for future considerations.

Missouri Mavericks coach Scott Hillman confirmed late Tuesday night that the Central Hockey League team has traded all-star forward Nick Sirota to the Arizona Sundogs for future considerations.

“There’s not a player in the league we could trade for and get back what Nick meant to this team,” Hillman said after working with fans at the Mavericks Adult Fantasy Camp at the Independence Events Center.

“But it all boils down to this – we offered Nick a contract and he didn’t accept it, so we made the trade to allow Nick to negotiate a contract with a new team.

“He has meant so much to this team and our fans. Our fans helped vote him onto the all-star team last year, but we have 19 players we are negotiating with from last year and all of them want a raise.

“We offered Nick what we thought was a fair contract, he did not accept it, so now, both parties can move on. We wish him all the best.”

Sirota, 27, is entering his third full season in the CHL. He scored 107 points for the Mavericks the past two seasons with 45 goals and 62 assists. He was the team’s leading scorer last season, totaling 62 points on 26 goals and 36 assists.

He was the runner-up for the CHL 2009-2010 Rookie of the Year and was named to the league’s All-Rookie Team after posting 19 goals and 26 assists in the Mavericks’ inaugural season.

Hillman said that this year’s preseason camp with be the most competitive in the three-year history of the team.

“We want players in camp who want to be a part of the Mavericks,” Hillman said, “and some of the top players from around the league want to be a part of this team. I can’t wait for camp – and I know the players feel the same way.”