The biggest announcement at Saturday night’s annual Mac Awards was greeted with a hearty reception from an appreciative crowd at the Stoney Creek Conference Center.
Kansas City Mavericks president and general manager Brent Thiessen announced that coach John-Scott Dickson was being rewarded with a two-year contract extension.
“I met with Brent about a week and a half ago, and we talked about a new contract and he wanted to announce it Saturday night at the Mac Awards,” Dickson said. “When he made the announcement, there was a nice reception from our fans, which I appreciated.”
Dickson is in his second year as Mavericks head coach and owns a record of 66-60-7-7. The Mavericks are three games out of a playoff spot entering play tonight, with four games left on the schedule.
“We are thrilled to announce that John-Scott will continue as our head coach for at least the next two seasons,” Thiessen said. “He represents our organization in a first-class manner both on and off the ice and holds our players to a high standard. We firmly believe that he is the man to lead our team to our goal of a Kelly Cup.”
This has been a roller-coaster ride of a season as the Mavericks have played through a series of injuries to key players, including associate captain Rocco Carzo, who tore his ACL and missed most of the season.
“Yeah, a lot went on with all the injuries, but we’re not making an excuses,” Dickson said. “We’re still battling for a playoff spot and it all gets started again tonight against Tulsa.”
Dickson, a member of the Mavericks All-Time Top 10 team, served as assistant coach during the Mavericks’ Brabham Cup-winning season (given to the ECHL team with the best regular season record) in 2015-16.
“I’d like to thank Brent and (team owner) Lamar Hunt, Jr. for their belief and support,” Dickson said. “I also want to thank (assistant coach) Kyle Hood for all of his help. He has been an incredible asset for me and for the team, and I’m excited to continue working with him in the future.
“And thanks to (athletic trainer) Nick Potter, (equipment manager) Scott Eastman, (senior advisor to hockey operations) Matt Stephenson and (strength coach) Mike Kempkes. We’re a team, and they are all a very important part of the team. Our success as a team is in large part because of the efforts of our entire staff, and I would not be here without them.”
Now that Dickson will be around for two more years, there’s only one thing left he wants to do.
“I am honored to continue as head coach of the Mavericks and look forward to helping this organization meet its ultimate goal of a championship.”