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  • Mavs' Watson to take over youth program

  • Simon Watson, who has been the Missouri Mavericks assistant director of hockey operations the past two seasons, has been named to the KC Mavs Elite Midget coaching staff for the 2013-14 season.

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  • Simon Watson, who has been the Missouri Mavericks assistant director of hockey operations the past two seasons, has been named to the KC Mavs Elite Midget coaching staff for the 2013-14 season.
    The KC Mavs Elite Midget is formerly the Russell Stover Tier 1 AAA program.
    Watson will continue working for the Mavericks as director of player personnel next season along with his continued support of the Jr. Mavs youth hockey organization.
    However, he will no longer join Mavericks coach Scott Hillman on the bench for home and road games.
    “Simon's role will be close to what it was two years ago,” Hillman said, “when he worked with the team at all practices but did not travel on the road. He will still work with the team at practices but will dedicate most of his time and talent to the KC Mavs Elite Midgets.
    “This is a big move for Simon and I couldn't be happier for him. The impact he has had on young talent in the area is getting a lot of attention. Just look at the work he did (this past season) with (Mavericks rookies) Kenton Miller and Kellan Tochkin.”
    Miller set a single-season team record with 30 goals and Tochkin led all CHL players in scoring through the first two rounds of the playoffs.
    “This is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in a nationally recognized program based in Kansas City,” Watson, a former Mavericks player who won the CHL Man of the Year Award three years ago, said in a press release. “I look forward to working in an environment which will enable me to coach, mentor and teach young players as they work towards their hockey goals of playing at the next level.”
    Mavericks general manager Brent Thiessen said this is a logical move for Watson and one that could have a big impact on the Mavs Elite program.
    “We are very excited for Simon as he takes the next step in his coaching career,” Thiessen said. “He has demonstrated his commitment to the development of youth hockey in this area and we are happy he will still be in the office with Scott on a day-to-day basis.
    “He will be traveling with his Mavs Elite team and we all realize this is just a tremendous opportunity for Simon as he takes the next step in the coaching profession.”
    The KC Mavs Elite program operates under the Mid-America Hockey Association.
    “We are extremely excited to add Simon to the Mavs Elite staff,” Don Burns, hockey director for KC Mavs Elite, said in the release. “Simon's playing, coaching and education backgrounds are a perfect combination for the youth players in the Mavs Elite program.”
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