Just because the season is over doesn't mean Missouri Mavericks president and general manager is out on the golf course or jet-setting across the country.
Just because the season is over doesn't mean Missouri Mavericks president and general manager Brent Thiessen is out on the golf course or jet-setting across the country.
“This is actually among the busiest times of the year,” Thiessen said Wednesday afternoon after it was announced that the Mavericks led the Central Hockey League with 17 sellouts this past season.
“That is such a credit to our staff,” Thiessen said of the sellouts. “You never know when a fan is attending his or her first game, and you want to make it special. You hope for a victory, of course, but you want to make the entire evening special, and I believe that is why we had 17 sellouts this season.”
It was also announced that the CHL had one of its strongest seasons in recent history. The CHL finished with close to 1.4 million fans attending games during the regular and postseason.
“The CHL is blessed with passionate, enthusiastic fans and we want to thank them for their support and for creating unmatched atmospheres in our venues,” CHL commissioner Duane Lewis said in a press release. “We had arguably our most exciting season to date with a fantastic finish to the regular season and an unforgettable postseason and the fans were truly the beneficiaries of this excitement.”
The CHL welcomed an increase in the number of sellouts during the season (31) with 9.4 percent of the league's regular-season games played in front of sold-out crowds compared to 8.2 percent during the 2011-12 campaign. The Mavericks were involved in more than 50 percent of those sellouts.
“Like I said, a credit to our staff and our team,” Thiessen said. “For instance, we had a gentleman come to our select-a-season-ticket event this past Saturday (at the Events Center) and he put money down for season tickets, and he had just attended one playoff game," Thiessen said. "We've been here five seasons, and there are still people we are trying to reach, to let them know what type of product we offer.”
Thiessen also said the Mavericks are close to improving their total number of season tickets for each of their five seasons in the Events Center.
“Very soon, we should top last year's total,” he said, “making us one of the rare franchises that are lucky enough sell more season tickets each year we've been in the league, and we have our fans to thank for that.”
The Mavericks were also second in the league in overall average attendance, trailing only Wichita 5,559 to 5,522.
Wichita plays in a venue that is much larger than the Events Center, and the Thunder played one game in front of a crowd of 10,264 on March 24, 2012.
“We might average more fans with a larger venue,” Thiessen said, “but we feel the size of the Events Center is just perfect for our team.”
Page 2 of 2 - MAVS PLAN NEWS CONFERENCE: It's that time of year when the Missouri Mavericks whet their fans appetite for the upcoming season with a news conference to announce a number of items, including the signing of many players for the upcoming season.
The team's first news conference will be at 11 a.m., June 13 at the President's Club in the Independence Events Center. The news conference is open to the public.
The Mavericks' fifth-season logo will be unveiled and several player signings and announcements will be made, along with a fifth anniversary jersey giveaway initiative that will allow fans to vote on their favorite past jersey designs.
“We are extremely excited to begin what will be a year-long hockey celebration in Eastern Jackson County commemorating our fifth season in Independence,” Thiessen said. “This gives us time to reflect back on the quality players that have led our team in previous seasons and build towards what will inevitably be our best campaign yet.”
Several Mavericks players will be present to discuss their goals for the upcoming season.
JR. MAVS FUNDRAISER: In other Mavericks news, Simon Watson's Stick-n-Puck band will headline a fundraiser to help raise money for the Jr. Mavericks Financial Assistance Program.
Watson, who is now overseeing the Jr. Mavericks program after serving the past two seasons as the team's assistant director of hockey operations, will headline the event that runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Strikerz, the bowling center located just south of the Events Center.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12. Sponsorship packages begin at $50. For more information contact Stuart Goldberg at 913-206-5936.
The evening will include music, food, drinks and a silent auction.
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