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  • Mavs renew affiliation with AHL's Wolves

  • The Missouri Mavericks renewed their affiliation agreement with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey Association for the third consecutive year.

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  • The Missouri Mavericks renewed their affiliation agreement with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey Association for the third consecutive year.
    The Wolves are now the primary affiliate of the National Hockey League's St. Louis Blues after being an affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks from 2011 to last season and the Atlanta Thrashers from 2001 to 2011.
    The affiliation agreement allows young Mavericks players like goaltender Mathieu Corbeil and forwards Kenton Miller and Kellan Tochkin to compete in the Chicago Wolves training camp, and it also allows for a limited number of players to be signed to two-way contracts between the Mavericks and the Wolves.
    Mavericks coach Scott Hillman will also attend the Wolves training camp in Chicago.
    “This is a real important agreement because it allows us to get those talented young players like Miller and Tochkin who, I believe, are going to play in the AHL this upcoming season,” Hillman said.
    “We don't get players like them and Corbeil without this agreement. In addition to providing us the opportunity to work with some of the best young talented hockey players in the CHL, the affiliation with the Chicago Wolves and the close relationship we have shared over the past few seasons has provided me great opportunities to learn and improve as a head coach.”
    Miller set a Mavericks single-season record last season with 30 goals and Tochkin led all scorers through the first two rounds of the playoffs.
    “Working with Wolves general manager Wendell Young and his staff in Chicago is a valuable experience,” Hillman added, “and I look forward to being on the ice with them in September during their training camp with some of our top prospects.”
    The agreement also allows Chicago to loan players to the Mavericks and for Mavericks players to be called up to the Wolves, who have won the AHL’s Calder Cup championship in 2002 and 2008.
    “(Goaltender) Mike Clemente recently signed with Springfield in the AHL, and I have been talking to that organization about what a hard worker he is how much he meant to our team last season,” Hillman said. “It's just a win-win situation to be associated with an AHL team like Chicago.”
     
     

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