Missouri Mavericks coach Scott Hillman announced Monday the Central Hockey League club has signed forward Toby Lafrance and defensemen Chris Mifflen and Mike Wakita.

Missouri Mavericks coach Scott Hillman announced Monday the Central Hockey League club has signed forward Toby Lafrance and defensemen Chris Mifflen and Mike Wakita.
Lafrance and Mifflen return after playing for Missouri in the team’s inaugural season and Wakita enters his rookie season in the CHL.
“We are very excited about our first six signings for next season,” said Mavericks’ president and general manager Brent Thiessen. “In our most recent group of signings, we have added scoring, and introduced two solid players on the blue line who give us a great presence.”
Lafrance, 22, joined the Mavericks in February of 2010 and played in the team’s final 21 games.
The Granby, Quebec, native finished with nearly a point per game with Missouri with 20 points, including six multiple-point games, and three game-winning goals.
The 5-foot-9, 190-pound forward split time between the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder and Johnstown Chiefs during his rookie season where he finished with 33 points in 60 games.
“We are very excited to have Toby back,” Hillman said. “He was an instant scoring threat when he joined our team and we look forward to him making that contribution next season.”
Mifflen, 22, is entering his rookie season, however he played two games for the Mavericks during the 2010 playoffs as an amateur. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound defenseman is the first blue-liner to sign with the Mavericks for the 2010-11 season.
“Although we only had Chris for last year’s playoffs, we were impressed with his size and ability on the blue line,” Hillman said. “He immediately makes our defense stronger and bigger.”
Wakita, 24, is also entering his rookie season. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound defenseman finished a four-year NCAA career at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., with three goals and eight assists in 108 games to go along with 150 penalty minutes
“We landed another physical defenseman,” said Hillman of his sixth signing for the 2010-11 season. “We know we were small on the blue line last year, and Mifflen and Wakita both play a big and physical style on defense. They are both young players that have aspirations to be in the American Hockey League.”