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Examiner
  • Mavs repeat as Franchise of the Year

  • The Missouri Mavericks returned from the Central Hockey League’s 18th annual Summer Conference with plenty of hardware, including the Franchise of the Year Award, which the fifth-year team has won the past three seasons.

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  • The Missouri Mavericks returned from the Central Hockey League’s 18th annual Summer Conference with plenty of hardware, including the Franchise of the Year Award, which the fifth-year team has won the past three seasons.
    This is also the third season in a row the Mavericks won Group Ticket Sales Franchise of the Year.
    It is the second season in a row the Mavericks won for Corporate Partnerships and Ticket Sales Franchise and president Brent Thiessen was again named the winner of the Brad Treliving Executive of the Year during the ceremony Friday night in Phoenix.
    Mavericks broadcaster Bob Rennison was named the Broadcaster of the Year.
    “It was a pretty good conference,” Thiessen said as he got back to work in his office inside the Independence Events Center Monday. “It was a good trip, a good time, a time to see a lot of folks we haven’t seen since last summer.
    “Now, it’s time to get back to work. I know our fans get tired of hearing me say this, but we’re doing our best to make season number five the biggest and the best yet. We work hard to win that Franchise of the Year Award, and to win it three years in a row is amazing.
    “We want season number five to be fabulous. To win an award like that encompasses the players, the coaches, the team store, our season-ticket holders, folks who purchase tickets for single games, our watch parties, our corporate sponsors ... those are the things that make this franchise stand out, that make this franchise different from the other franchises in the league.
    “Everyone who works for the Mavericks – and we have seven people on staff who have been with us since Day 1 – is excited about coming to work every day. There are some teams that don’t even have seven people on their staff. Everyone who is here, wants to be here.”
    Thiessen chuckles and shakes his head when asked about winning the Executive of the Year honor for the second year in a row.
    “You had to ask me about that, didn’t you?” he said. “Here I am, talking about the team aspect of our awards, and you go to one of the two awards won by an individual (with Rennison claiming the other). I don’t win that award, and Bob doesn’t win his award, without the great people who make up this organization.
    “In my acceptance speech for the Franchise of the Year I stated how easy it was for me to come to work every day because I am surrounded by so many great people. We have each other, we care about each other and I truly believe our people – and I’m talking about members of the staff – are our greatest assets.”
    Page 2 of 2 - n The Mavericks will host their fourth annual Fan Fest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 21 at the Events Center. The Mavericks will begin CHL action in October. Season tickets are on sale now.
    n Thiessen will talk about the strength of the CHL and the fact that the same group owns the Mavericks and the first-year St. Charles Chill in Wednesday’s Examiner. On Thursday, Rennison will be featured alongside a look at the 2013-14 Mavericks.
    Follow Bill Althaus on Twitter: @AlthausEJC
     
     
     
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