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  • Mavs' Watson excited about new position

  • Before Kellan Tochkin and Kenton Miller left Independence, the Missouri Mavericks high-scoring rookie forwards offered a word of thanks to an unsung hero in the CHL team's organization.

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  • Before Kellan Tochkin and Kenton Miller left Independence, the Missouri Mavericks high-scoring rookie forwards offered a word of thanks to an unsung hero in the CHL team's organization.
    “Watty spent so much time with us – before practice, after practice – we can't thank him enough,” said Tochkin, referring to Mavericks assistant director of hockey operations Simon Watson.
    “You learn a lot at all levels,” Miller added, “and Toch and I learned so much with the Mavericks. Now, we have to take what we learned here and do our best to make it to the next level. And when we do, we'll have Watty and Coach (Scott Hillman) to thank.”
    Hillman's attention to detail and teaching ability has been well documented the past four years the Mavericks have called the Independence Events Center home, while Watson has been a behind-the-scenes guy trying to do whatever it takes to make the team better.
    And now, he will have the opportunity to make his own team better as it was announced Tuesday that he has been added 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 to work with Hillman on a day-to-day basis, but he will now travel with his KC Mavs Elite Midget team rather than with the parent Mavericks.
    “This is what I've dreamed about,” Watson said late Wednesday night after a training session with a group of area youth players. “We want to build the best possible team, the best possible hockey product, right here in Independence. And now, I have the chance to be a part of that. I'll still be involved with Hilly and the Mavs, but I've always wanted my own team, to help develop kids from this area so they can play college or professional hockey.
    “That was the goal of this organization when we got here four years ago and now, it's becoming a reality.”
    Watson spent the last two years on the coaching staff and 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.
    “Watty deserves this,” Hillman said. “No one works harder and he has so much to give. Look at what he meant to Miller and Tochkin this past season. Those two players could make it to the NHL, and if they do, they can thank Watty as one of the coaches who helped them realize their dream.”
    Simon retired from professional hockey in 2011 after playing five years in the CHL. He was a member of the Mavericks’ first two teams and won the CHL Man of the Year Award in 2011.
    Page 2 of 2 - “This is a Tier I program and we're going to make it a place college and professional scouts and coaches come to look for quality players,” Watson said. “We're going to take the same approach with this program that the Mavericks take – we want quality young men who can play the game and who will represent their team and their community wherever they happen to be playing.”
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