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Examiner
  • Mavs bring back four stalwarts

  • For the past 10 seasons, Missouri Mavericks captain Sebastien Thinel has taken a few months following the season to decide where he will take his talents the next year.

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  • For the past 10 seasons, Missouri Mavericks captain Sebastien Thinel has taken a few months following the season to decide where he will take his talents the next year.
    That wasn’t the case for the reigning Central Hockey League MVP following arguably the best season of his 11-year career as he met with Mavericks president and general manager Brent Thiessen a few days after the season ended.
    “We have some unfinished business here next season and I wanted to make sure that I was a part of the team,” said Thinel, who joined fellow captain Dave Pszenyczny and veteran forwards John-Scott Dickson and Andrew Courtney at a news conference that spilled out of the President’s Club at the Independence Events Center.
    “It didn’t take any time to get the contract done. It’s such a pleasure to be back. Besides, my wife Ashley loves it here and she told me to get it done, so we did.”
    Thinel has 825 career points in 633 CHL games over a career in which he has won two MVP awards and three scoring championships, including one last season.
    “We are so pleased to have Sebbie back for a third year,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said. “My job got a lot easier the day we signed these four players.”
    Pszenyczny has been the heart and soul of the Mavericks' defense the past two seasons, ranking first in goals scored by a defenseman on power plays and second overall by a defenseman.
    “No one plays this game with more passion than Chezzy,” Hillman said. “He keeps guys honest in the locker room and is such a big part of our team – all four of these guys are a big part of our team.”
    Courtney has played his entire CHL career with the Mavericks and always seems to peak during the playoffs, where he has 25 points in 24 postseason games.
    “He can score at any time, but what is most exciting about Andrew’s play is the way he explodes during the playoffs,” Hillman said. “He was a big part of our team last year, and we want him to be a part of it for many years to come.”
    Courtney, who has 99 points in 114 regular season games, couldn’t wait to re-sign with the Mavericks.
    “We want to finish what we started this season,” Courtney said. “The last two seasons we’ve made it to Game 7 of the semifinals (only to lose to the eventual CHL champion). I know that this season we’re all going to have just one goal – getting to the championship series and winning it all.”
    Dickson has been a consistent force for the Mavericks, with 105 points in 132 games over the last two seasons.
    Page 2 of 2 - “JSD and Courts are just so solid,” Hillman said. “JSD is one of the top shot blockers in the league and he is so good on the penalty-kill unit. You have to have those solid, all-around players like JSD to compete for a championship.”
    Dickson, who married a woman from Liberty, Mo., is now a dad and can’t wait for the upcoming season.
    “There is no better place to play in the CHL than here in Independence,” Dickson said. “We all have one goal, and I know we share it with everyone in attendance today, and that’s to win a CHL championship.
    “And when we do, we can’t wait to share it with our fans.”
    Follow Bill Althaus on Twitter: @AlthausEJC
     
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