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  • Mavericks president Thiessen quiets rumors surrounding CHL

  • Missouri Mavericks president and general manager Brent Thiessen returned late Monday night from a special meeting in Dallas, in which the future of the Central Hockey League was the main topic of discussion.

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  • Missouri Mavericks president and general manager Brent Thiessen returned late Monday night from a special meeting in Dallas, in which the future of the Central Hockey League was the main topic of discussion.
    While he cannot comment on all the rumors surrounding the league, and the possible departure of a handful of teams, he did make two emphatic statements.
    “First, and foremost,” Thiessen said Tuesday morning in his office at the Independence Events Center, “there will be hockey in this building this upcoming season. I can promise that.
    “And the Missouri Mavericks will be a part of the Central Hockey League.”
    He said there would be another meeting sometime later this week, and afterward he believes he will be allowed to address the issues regarding teams and the 2011-12 schedule.
    He also said the Mavericks would have an announcement in the very near future about the signing of current and future Maverick players.
    “There will be changes this year in the league,” Thiessen said. “Some teams will leave, and there may be some expansion to new cities. I just can’t comment until we know exactly what is going to happen.
    “But I am sure I’m getting the same emails and phone calls (media) are getting, and I want our fans to know that we’ll be back for the upcoming season and we’re going to be bigger and better than ever.”
    A large calendar covers a wall in Thiessen’s office, and it has tentative home dates sketched in.
    “We are kind of at a standstill right now, because we don’t know who’s in and who’s out this season,” he said. “We met in Dallas because of its central location, and we hammered a lot of things out.
    “But many of the team officials wanted to return home, think about what’s going on and give their final answers later this week.”
    Thiessen said the rumors of the CHL folding simply aren’t true.
    “We know we’re going to be in the CHL this year, and we hope to be in the CHL for many years to come,” he said. “And while the CHL is facing some major challenges, we’re not the only league facing issues like this. It’s also happening in the East Coast Hockey League and other leagues.
    “The bottom line is pretty simple. These are very tough economic times, and the teams that can’t make a profit probably won’t be around for a long time. We have a great, great fan base and wonderful owners.
    “Soon, very soon, I should be able to answer any questions about the league, which teams will return, which cities might join the league and future of the CHL.”
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