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Examiner
  • Mavs bring back King, Vossen

  • Colt .45 and The Boss are back!

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  • Colt .45 and The Boss are back!
    The Missouri Mavericks announced Thursday that forward Colt “.45” King and Evan “The Boss” Vossen have re-signed for the 2013-14 season.
    The Mavericks, who came within a win of reaching the Central Hockey League championship round for the second year in a row, now have six players signed to their preseason roster.
    “We are thrilled to bring this pair of players back to solidify our left side,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said. “Colt has the ability to dominate the game physically and is capable of making space for himself and his line mates in order to contribute offensively.
    “Vossen had a very solid rookie campaign. He proved to be a great shut down forward and penalty killer.”
    King, who played just 46 games after suffering an upper body injury that put him on the injured reserve list late in season, finished with 30 points and 93 penalty minutes. He was voted Best Bodychecker, Third-Best Fighter (heavyweight) and Second-Best Power Forward in the Best of the Best Poll voted on by players, coaches and operational staff members from around the league.
    “I am so excited to be coming back to Kansas City,” King said by phone. “Lindsay (Williams, his longtime girlfriend) and I have been talking and Missouri is the only place we want to be. It's a first-rate organization, a great community, a great arena, great fans and this year could be something special and we want to be a part of it.”
    King starred on the Rapid City Rush team that swept aside the Mavericks in their first season and went on to win the CHL title.
    “This team is doing it right,” he added. “They're building from within with the core guys from last season. I know how excited all the guys who are coming back are, and I've talked to guys around the league who want to be a part of this team.
    “I know Scott and Brent (Thiessen, president and general manager) are building a great team. The only down side is that we all have to wait for the summer to end and for the season to start.”
    King, 30, is entering his 10th professional season and sixth in the CHL. He has played in 519 pro games in five different leagues and has accounted for 366 points and 1,465 penalty minutes.
    Vossen, 27, finished his rookie season with 21 points in 52 games. Prior to joining the Mavericks, the 6-foot, 190-pound forward played in two games last season for the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL.
    “We all feel like we have some unfinished business to take care of,” Vossen said by phone. “We finished strong and made it to the semfinal round of the playoffs but our goal wasn't the semifinals, it was winning it all, and it looks like Brent and Scott are putting together a team that can accomplish that this season.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I look at the guys who have signed, and I get so excited. And I hope to make a bigger impact throughout the season this year. I got off to a little bit of a slow start my rookie season and now, that I know what to expect, I think I can be more productive throughout the entire season.”
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