• Mavs sign Wilson for stretch run

  • A week ago, Brock Wilson was coaching a 16-under Midget Minor youth hockey team in St. Louis.

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  • A week ago, Brock Wilson was coaching a 16-under Midget Minor youth hockey team in St. Louis.
    Now, the Des Peres, Mo., native is getting a chance to help the Missouri Mavericks make a playoff run.
    Wilson, who won a championship while playing in Nottingham, England, last year, will suit up for the Mavericks Friday night when they play at Fort Worth.
    “We're certainly going to give him a week or two to get in real game shape,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said Wednesday morning. “But we couldn't be any more excited to have Brock with the team.
    Wilson, 28, is a veteran of 321 professional games, a majority of which were played in the East Coast Hockey League. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound defenseman most recently played overseas for the Nottingham Panthers in the British Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL), where he accounted for 28 points in 54 games.
    “We remember him from his ECHL days (with Utah) and we know he will help the team. He knows Effie (Charlie Effinger, a former Mavericks goaltender and St. Louis resident) and Emmer (Riley Emmerson, a forward on this year's Mavericks team).
    “He's a guy who plays the game the way it should be played and he's a character guy, too. He's going to fit in well in the locker room and on the ice.”
    Wilson is excited to trade his coaching whistle for the chance to get back and compete on the ice.
    “During the lockout, I skated with 15 or 16 guys from the Blues, so I've been out on the ice, just not in a competitive situation,” said Wilson, who showed some fancy moves around the net during a practice session. “Once you compete, you miss that part of the game. We won the championship last year in Nottingham and I got to play against Colt (King). So we kind of know each other and Riley is a good friend.
    “We talked and I got a call from Coach Hillman and I told him I would like a day to think about it. I thought about it and here I am. This is a good group of guys, and you know they're character guys by the way they won that last game in Denver.”
    The Mavericks claimed a 7-5 win Monday at Denver after trailing 2-0 in the first 3:47 of the opening period.
    “They're shorthanded, they needed some help and here I am,” Wilson said. “I hope I can help. I know what to expect. They're not going to bring someone in who can hurt the chemistry of the team.
    “I'm a team guy. Whatever they want from me, I'm going to do my best to give it to them.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Playing in his sixth professional season, Wilson played the previous three seasons in the ECHL with four different teams (Augusta, Dayton, Toledo, Utah). He played the majority of his rookie season with the International Hockey League's Flint Generals.
    The Mavericks have also placed defenseman J.P. Testwuide on team suspension.
    “J.P. is a valuable member of our hockey club,” Hillman said. “Although he has some commitments he must fulfill outside of the game, he is doing what he can to be part of this organization down the stretch, and we hope to see him in a Mavericks' sweater again in the future.”

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