• McGrane leaving Mavs to play in France

  • Forward Ed McGrane, who added instant offense to the 2011-12 Missouri Mavericks, is leaving the CHL team to play next season in Grenoble, France.

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  • Forward Ed McGrane, who added instant offense to the 2011-12 Missouri Mavericks, is leaving the CHL team to play next season in Grenoble, France.
    McGrane scored 74 points in the regular season and was a standout in the playoffs with eight goals and five assists in just 11 games.
    Mavericks coach Scott Hillman and team president and general manager Brent Thiessen said they hate to see McGrane leave, but they understand and support his decision.
    “It’s all about dollars and cents,” Thiessen said, “and because of the salary structure of this league, we can’t come close to matching what he’s going to be paid to play overseas.
    “So, good for him. We’re going to miss him, but we wish him the best. He is a family man, with two young children, and he is doing what he believes is right for him and his family. We’ve always said that we want our players to be able to better themselves, and that’s what Ed is doing with this move.”
    Hillman agreed.
    “When we heard about this from Ed, it took us by surprise,” Hillman said, “but we respect his decision and wish him and his family the very best.”
    Hillman said after the end of his team’s deep playoff run, that the focus of the offseason would be adding defense to the team that came within a game of playing for the CHL championship. He now says offense will be added to his wish list.
    “We will certainly be looking for a player who can take Ed’s place on the roster,” Hillman said. “There’s a hole in our offense and we’re going to do our very best to fill it. While I know our fans will miss Ed, we want to assure them that we are still bringing back a core group of players who will give us more talent and depth than with any team we’ve had in the past.”
    Thiessen assured the team’s fans that he and Hillman will do everything possible to make next year’s team even more competitive than the squad that featured McGrane.
    “I’d be lying to you if I told you we weren’t disappointed by this move, and I know our fans will be disappointed,” Thiessen said. “Ed is going to be making a significant more amount of money and we’re happy for him in that regard. And hey, if it doesn’t work out overseas, well I know a team that would welcome him back with open arms. Scott and everyone in this organization is going to work hard to make next year’s team one that our fans will be proud to support.”
    McGrane, 34, played for Division I Karlkrona (Sweden) in 2010-11 before joining the Mavericks last season. Before that, he played five seasons with the Colorado Eagles.
    Page 2 of 2 - “An opportunity came along that I wasn’t even looking for,” McGrane said late Tuesday night. “It’s hard to say goodbye to a community, a group of fans and teammates you really enjoy being around. It’s tough, but I am doing this for my family. Brent and Scott understood that, and I hope our fans do, too.”

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