The Missouri Mavericks have signed defenseman Shawn Fensel from the 1000 Islands Privateers of the Federal Hockey League.

The Missouri Mavericks have signed defenseman Shawn Fensel from the 1000 Islands Privateers of the Federal Hockey League.

Fensel, a native of Nepean, Ontario, will join the Mavericks this Friday for their game at Tulsa.

“Shawn is a key addition right now for us to get us back to six defensemen,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said.  “He skates well, handles the puck very well, and he should contribute to our power play.

“Shawn brings a youthful enthusiasm to the blue line, and we believe he will contribute significantly to our playoff run.”

Fensel fits in well with his new team as he is a former teammate of Simon Watson and knows Mike Berry because they both lived in the same area of Ontario.

“I played with Watty, and he must have put in a good word for me,” said Fensel, who drove through some massive snow storms to join the Mavericks this week.

“You can see from just looking around the locker room, this is a great bunch of guys. They immediately made me feel at home, and I can’t wait to get out and play. It’s been a while since I’ve been on the ice (in a game), and I need to shake a little rust off, but I’ll be ready Friday.”

Fensel, 24, will fill the void left by former Mav defenseman Dominic D’Amour, who was traded to the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees last week in exchange for forward Sean Muncy.

Fensel is in the midst of a career year, having scored 32 points on five goals and 27 assists in 30 games for 1000 Islands, which plays in Alexandria Bay, N.Y.

The right-handed defenseman’s special teams’ strength got him noticed by the Mavericks, as 17 of his 27 assists came on the power play.

“That’s what we need, and we think we got it with Shawn,” Hillman said.

The 5-foot-9, 200-pound blue liner served as the captain of the Privateers this season and led the team in plus/minus rating. Fensel spent four years at St. Lawrence University, scoring 59 points as a defenseman with the team.

After graduating in 2009, he was signed by the Cincinnati Cyclones of the East Coast Hockey League, but an injury in training camp prevented him from making the final roster.

“I am so excited about this move,” Fensel said. “I can’t wait for a home game, because all the guys have been telling me about the fans and how this place is sold out and really special on game days.”