The Missouri Mavericks were the talk of the 17th annual Central Hockey League Spring Conference in Las Vegas, where the team won eight of the 15 awards, including the prestigious Franchise of the Year honor for the second year in a row.

The Missouri Mavericks were the talk of the 17th annual Central Hockey League Spring Conference in Las Vegas, where the team won eight of the 15 awards, including the prestigious Franchise of the Year honor for the second year in a row.

“That usually doesn’t happen,” Patrick Armstrong, team vice president who won the Communications Executive of the Year Award for the second year in a row, said over the phone from the Las Vegas airport.

“The neatest thing about this awards ceremony was how everyone from the Mavericks who won an award thanked the entire Mavericks team when they were honored. This is a team effort, on and off the ice.”

The Mavericks stole the show after coach Scott Hillman’s team made it to the Turner Conference championship series, where they lost to eventual league champion Fort Wayne in the seventh game of the best-of-seven series.

Missouri led the league with 19 sellouts during the regular season, and the Mavericks’ numbers in the areas of merchandising, corporate sales  and ticket sales were honored throughout the evening as the best in the league.

Last season, the Mavs captured six awards, giving them the repeat in the categories of Group Ticket Sales Franchise of the Year, Merchandising Franchise of the Year, Ticketing Executive of the Year (Ben Gaul) and Communications Executive of the Year, to go along with their back-to-back top franchise nod.

The Mavericks were also named the Ticket Sales Franchise of the Year, and their president and general manger, Brent Thiessen, was  named the winner of the Brad Treliving Executive of the Year award.

The only other team to win more than one award was the Allen Americans, who were named the CHL’s Most Improved Franchise and also earned the Game Operations Franchise of the Year.

Other individual honorees were Daniel Nieves of the Rapid City Rush,  earning the CHL’s Broadcaster of the Year award; Scott Plourde, of the  Texas Brahmas, earning the Ralph Backstrom Soul of the Service award; and Arizona Sundogs owner Brad Fain, earning the CHL Leadership award.

The other team awards handed out were the Community Relations Franchise of the Year (Quad City Mallards) and the New Media Franchise of the Year (Wichita Thunder).    

Here is a list of all awards winners:

n Ralph Backstrom Soul of Service Award – Scott Plourde, Texas Brahmas
n CHL Game Operations Franchise of the Year – Allen Americans
n CHL Merchandising Franchise of the Year – Missouri Mavericks
n CHL Community Relations Franchise of the Year – Quad City Mallards
n CHL New Media Franchise of the Year – Wichita Thunder
n CHL Broadcaster of the Year – Daniel Nieves, Rapid City Rush
n CHL Communications Executive of the Year – Patrick Armstrong, Missouri Mavericks
n CHL Corporate Partnership Team of the Year – Missouri Mavericks
n CHL Group Sales Franchise of the Year – Missouri Mavericks
n CHL Ticketing Executive of the Year – Ben Gaul, Missouri Mavericks
n CHL Ticket Sales Franchise of the Year – Missouri Mavericks
n CHL Most Improved Franchise – Allen Americans
n CHL Leadership Award – Brad Fain, Arizona Sundogs
n Brad Treliving CHL Executive of the Year – Brent Thiessen, Missouri Mavericks
n CHL Franchise of the Year – Missouri Mavericks