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Examiner
  • Mavs strengthen depleted roster with two signings

  • Missouri Mavericks coach Scott Hillman looked at a stack of papers on the desk in his office inside the Independence Events Center, glanced at his computer screen and just shook his head.

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  • Missouri Mavericks coach Scott Hillman looked at a stack of papers on the desk in his office inside the Independence Events Center, glanced at his computer screen and just shook his head.
    “We need some healthy players,” Hillman said as a streak of injuries and illness have left him with a thread-bare roster. “We're bringing in some players, we have to, because we need to compete and not have the boys taking the long shifts and playing out of position.”
    The Mavericks announced Friday that forward Jed Ortmeyer and defenseman J.P. Testwuide have signed with the CHL team.
    Both players are expected to be in the Mavericks lineup at 7:05 p.m. tonight when the team hosts the Denver Cutthroats.
    “The timing of adding these quality, high-level players to our depleted lineup could not be better,” Hillman said. “Both Jed and J.P. are professionals that will lead by example and help our younger players understand the mental and physical approach it takes to play at the next level. Both players will add grit and depth to our lineup.”
    Ortmeyer, 34, is a veteran of 345 games in the National Hockey League and most recently played in 35 games with the Minnesota Wild last season.
    The 6-foot-1, 205-pound forward has 53 points and 161 penalty minutes in stints with four different NHL clubs (New York Rangers, Nashville, San Jose, Minnesota).
    The Omaha, Neb.-native split time between the American Hockey League and NHL throughout his 10-year career and he has 154 points in 576 games.
    Ortmeyer attended the University of Michigan and skated in 145 career games with the Wolverines collecting 117 points  over the course of four seasons (1999-2003).
    “Being able to add two players of their caliber mid-season is a huge statement about this organization and our fans,” president and general manager Brent Thiessen said.
    “We have had a recent run of injuries and we couldn't be happier to welcome them to our line-up. Our fans will see two very talented players at the IEC this weekend.”
    Testwuide, 28, played the previous three seasons in the AHL with four separate teams and he added four games with the Mavericks last season. The fourth-year pro has played in a total of 153 professional games and has 16 points and 203 penalty minutes.
    The 6-foot, 203-pound defenseman has also played in 21 playoff games in the AHL where he accounted for a goal and an assist and 16 penalty minutes.
    A native of Vail, Colo., Testwuide spent four years at the University of Denver before turning pro.  
    With the Pioneers, he recorded 23 assists, 28 points and 282 penalty minutes in 144 games from 2005 to 2009.
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