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  • Mavs add two more pieces

  • Missouri Mavericks coach Scott Hillman believes his team has added two more pieces to the puzzle that hopefully will lead to another successful season for his CHL club.

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  • Missouri Mavericks coach Scott Hillman believes his team has added two more pieces to the puzzle that hopefully will lead to another successful season for his CHL club.
    “Two very important pieces,” Hillman said Wednesday afternoon as the Mavericks announced the signing of defenseman Matt Krug and forward Jeff Pierce for the 2012-13 season.
    The Mavericks have signed 20 players to their preseason roster. The team will open training camp Oct. 8 at the Independence Events Center.
    Krug, 28, enters his fourth professional season and first full season in the CHL. The native of Livonia, Mich., played for the ECHL's Toledo Walleye last season totaling 135 penalty minutes and 19 assists in 54 games played.
    The 6-foot, 230-pound defenseman played four seasons of Division I hockey including three at Wayne State University and one season at Robert Morris University.
    “Matt has a real strong shot and will help on the power play,” Hillman said. “He is a hard hitting, no nonsense defenseman. He has a big shot from the point and we believe will be a very valuable asset to our defensive core.”
    Pierce, 28, played his first three seasons with Mavericks captain and leading scorer from a season ago, Sebastien Thinel. The 6-foot, 180-pound forward most recently skated for the Cardiff Devils in England along with fellow Mavericks' signee defenseman Jamie VanderVeeken.
    “We hope we can rekindle the fire and chemistry that Pierce had with Sebbie in Odessa,” the coach said. “We are excited to reunite them. He is so fast – he's going to remind fans of Brian Bicek.”
    The Troy, Mich., native finished second on the Devils with 67 points last season on 33 goals and 34 assists in just 53 games. He played with Thinel during the previous three seasons and totaled 73 goals and 95 assists for 168 points in 193 games. He also totaled 147 penalty minutes with the Jackalopes.
    In 33 playoff games with Odessa, Pierce had 17 goals and 12 assists for 29 points. He played four seasons at Western Michigan University before playing professionally.
    Team president and general manager Brent Thiessen also likes what he's seeing as his team heads into camp.
    “We are rounding out the final additions to the roster and look forward to getting the guys here and observing how they compete,” Thiessen said. “We believe these two additions will help solidify our backend and give us depth up front.”
     

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