One more player and the Missouri Mavericks will have two full lines to play with.

One more player and the Missouri Mavericks will have two full lines to play with.
The Mavericks added three new faces to their blossoming Central Hockey League franchise in forward Carlyle Lewis and defensemen Doug MacIver and Travis Martell, giving the Independence expansion team nine players to work with now.
Lewis, 31, is the third veteran to join the squad, leaving one more spot on the roster for a player with 300 professional games of experience. Lewis, entering his 11th year as a pro and first in the Central Hockey League, played the last three seasons in the United Kingdom and Italy, racking up 91 points and a whopping 538 penalty minutes, including a career high 282 last season, in 143 games. He also played in the American Hockey League and ECHL for seven seasons.
“Carlyle Lewis will be a huge presence for us on the ice,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said in a press release. “He is the third veteran signing for our inaugural season and a big piece of the puzzle with a lot of AHL experience. Carlyle will be looked upon for his leadership and his good knack for scoring goals. He will also be the first to stand up for his teammates.”
MacIver, 28, is going into his eighth season and third in the CHL, spending one season each with the Memphis Riverkings and the now-defunct Austin Ice Bats. He also played overseas for the past two years and has spent much of his career in the ECHL, as well as a year in the AHL with the Rochester Americans.
Martell, also 6-foot-5, will begin his sophomore season with the Mavericks, staying with Hillman after playing under him last year with the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Knoxville Ice Bears, scoring 20 points, 19 of which were assists, in 58 games in his rookie season.
“We are excited to announce the signing of two big, physical defensemen,” Hillman said. “Martell developed an incredible amount as a rookie last season, and MacIver has been a solid defensemen at this level for a long time.”
Emphasis on big. MacIver and Martell are each 6-foot-5 and Lewis stands 6-3. All of them weight at least 225 pounds and have 3,540 penalty minutes between them.
“They are big boys,” general manager Brent Thiessen said. “We’re going to have a lot of presence on the ice, and it goes back to wanting to have a tough team that defends their home ice. I think we’re going to have an exciting product.”
A physical-yet-goal-scoring team is exactly what the Mavericks promised fans, and Thiessen said they’re living up to their word.
“When you look at our roster, I think we’re very balanced,” he said. “We have guys that can put the puck in the net, guys that will be physical, and two goalies that can be good night in and night out.
“We’re wanting to win a championship. Anything short of that isn’t why we’re here. We’re out to win a championship, not only for us, but for the community as well.”
Thiessen said the expansion team is close to signing new deals with more players, easy to do when you have throngs of free agents calling to be a part of the team.
“With the amount and caliber of players wanting to play for us, we’re very happy with where we are and where we need to be,” Thiessen said. “Obviously, there’s more work that needs to be done, as our final test will be when we start playing games in October, but we’re very proud with where the team is going.”
The Mavericks, as they edge closer to filling their roster, will learn their schedule very soon, in about 10 days, Thiessen said.
“That will be a very exciting time for us,” he said.

A GLANCE AT NEW MAVERICKS PLAYERS

The Missouri Mavericks, the new Central Hockey League team that will begin play at the Independence Events Center in November, signed three more players Monday, giving them nine total on their roster. Here is a glance at the new signees’ professional careers:

CARLYLE LEWIS, RW, 6-3, 234
Hometown: Middleton, Nova Scotia
Season    Team    Lge.    GP    G    A    Pts.    PM
1999-00    Albany River Rats    AHL    69    1    2    2    181
2000-01    Albany River Rats    AHL    68    1    7    8    175
2001-02    Columbus Cottonmouths    ECHL    51    13    12    25    224
2001-02    Albany River Rats    AHL    16    0    0    0    10
2002-03    Columbus Cottonmouths    ECHL    59    15    20    35    275
2003-04    Columbus Cottonmouths    ECHL    71    21    18    39    181
2004-05    Portland Pirates    AHL    13    0    1    1    34
2004-05    South Carolina Stingrays    ECHL    49    10    19    29    210
2005-06    Danbury Trashers    UHL    45    9    12    21    221
2005-06    Roanoke Valley Vipers    UHL    6    1    2    3    10
2006-07    Bolzano HC    Italy    29    10    15    25    95
2007-08    Belfast Giants    Ireland    49    11    18    29    161
2008-09    Coventry Blaze    Ireland    65    18    19    37    282

DOUG MacIVER, D, 6-5, 235
Hometown: King City, Ontario
Season    Team    Lge.    GP    G    A    Pts.    PM
2001-02    Rochester Americans    AHL    2    0    0    0    0
2002-03    Jackson Bandits    ECHL    27    1    3    4    103
2003-04    Charlotte Checkers    ECHL    8    1    2    3    15
2003-04    Fresno Falcons    ECHL    16    0    0    0    116
2003-04    Peoria Rivermen    ECHL    17    0    3    3    53
2003-04    Reading Royals    ECHL    9    1    0    1    9
2004-05    Louisiana IceGators    ECHL    63    1    5    6    326
2005-06    San Diego Gulls    ECHL    27    2    1    3    154
2005-06    Pensacola Ice Pilots    ECHL    2    0    0    0    7
2006-07    Austin Ice Bats    CHL    6    0    1    1    21
2006-07    Memphis Riverkings    CHL    28    0    0    0    127
2007-08    The Hague HYS    Holland    35    7    28    35    170
2008-09    Cardiff Devils    Irleand    64    3    21    24    291

TRAVIS MARTELL, D, 6-5, 225
Hometown: Kelowna, British Columbia
Season    Team    Lge.    GP    G    A    Pts.    PM
2008-09    Knoxville Ice Bears    SPHL    58    1    19    20    89