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  • Chicago assigns two to Mavs

  • Scott Hillman recently returned from a trip to Chicago where he got up close and personal with the Missouri Mavericks’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.

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  • Scott Hillman recently returned from a trip to Chicago where he got up close and personal with the Missouri Mavericks’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.
    The Mavericks coach was excited about the trip, and even more excited about the players the Wolves assigned to his CHL team.
    Chicago has assigned forwards Riley Emmerson and Trevor Kell to the Mavericks. Missouri forward Brian Bicek and defenseman Matt McCready were also released from the Wolves camp, where they had been working out with the AHL team.
    The latest additions to the Mavericks, who open camp Oct. 8, leave the team with 22 players on their preseason roster.
    “I'm so excited about our affiliation with the Wolves,” Hillman said. “It is a huge asset to our franchise, our players and our staff.
    “This season, due to the NHL lockout, there was also a significant presence by the Vancouver Canucks management and scouting staff who are very interested in what we are doing here in Missouri and are excited to have us as part of their extended family.”
    Bicek, one of the newest Mavericks, and McCready, who joined the team late last season, were signed by the Mavericks for the 2012-13 season and invited to attend the Wolves training camp. McCready scored the Wolves’ lone goal in Monday's preseason shootout loss to the Peoria Rivermen.
    “Our players are seeing the benefits of this affiliation and have been granted the opportunity to showcase themselves to NHL and AHL scouts,” Hillman said. “This season two of our players gained valuable experience practicing and playing with players that have had and certainly will have careers in the NHL. Brian Bicek and Matt McCready both represented our organization very well over the past week in Chicago.”
    Emmerson, 26, scored four goals and totaled 181 penalty minutes in 66 games with the ECHL's Utah Grizzlies and Toledo Walleye last season. The 6-foot-8, 248-pound forward also appeared in 46 ECHL contests with Utah that year collecting two assists and 142 penalty minutes.
    “Riley Emmerson is a very intimidating figure and will be a welcomed addition to our franchise,” Hillman said of the Minnesota Wild's seventh-round NHL draft pick in 2005. “He is every bit of 6-foot-8, and will certainly be one of the biggest players in the league.
    “He is excited to join our club and we expect Riley to be a favorite in the locker room, and our fans are sure to love his no-nonsense, hard-nosed style of play.”
    Kell, 26, spent the 2011-12 campaign with Fassa of Italy's Serie A, where he ranked first on the team with 25 assists and third with 36 points and 11 goals in 45 games. The 6-foot, 185-pound forward has skated in 37 career AHL games with the Lowell Devils and Albany and totaled 12 points and 14 penalty minutes.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Trevor Kell is an explosive hockey player,” Hillman said of the fifth-round selection by the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks in 2004. “He has significant AHL experience, is a former ECHL captain and plays the game with passion and grit. Trevor will be a real leader for us this season.”
     

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