A pair of ECHL veterans are teaming up again.
Only this time it will be with the Kansas City Mavericks.
The Mavericks and head coach John-Scott Dickson announced Friday that they have signed defenseman Cliff Watson and forward C.J. Eick.
The pair had been teammates in both the ECHL with the Utah Grizzlies and in college at Michigan Tech, playing together in total for parts of four seasons before joining up once again in Independence for the 2018-19 season.
Watson helped lead the Colorado Eagles to the ECHL’s Kelly Cup championship last season.
“I’m excited to sign with Kansas City and am looking forward to the upcoming season,” Watson said in a press release. “From the coaching staff to the city, fans and organization as a whole, I knew it would be a great place to play.”
Eick, 26, rejoins the Mavericks after finishing the 2017-18 season in Kansas City following a February trade from the Utah Grizzlies.
“I’m extremely happy to be back in Kansas City this season,” Eick said in the release. “I love the organization and atmosphere within the organization. With the coaching staff and players we have coming in, we have all the tools to have a very successful season.”
Watson, 24, began last season with Utah and finished with Colorado. In between he made stops with three American Hockey League teams, including the Mavericks’ AHl affiliate Stockton Heat. He posted 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 36 games with Utah. He had 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 30 games in the regular season and playoffs with the Eagles, who have now joined the AHL after winning the title last season.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound defenseman also played in eight total AHL games during the 2017-18 campaign, skating in six with the Utica Comets, and one each with the San Jose Barracuda and the Stockton Heat. He recorded one assist and four penalty minutes in his eight AHL contests.
The left-handed Sheboygan, Wisconsin, native was a sixth-round pick (168th overall) by the San Jose Sharks in the 2012 NHL Draft. He served as captain at Michigan Tech in his junior and senior seasons.
Eick, 26, in 22 games with the Mavericks, tallied six points (one goal, five assists). His only goal came against his former team, Utah.
The 5-foot-7, 161-pound forward from Appleton, Wisconsin, began his professional career with the Grizzlies, skating in 105 games between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons and registering 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists). He began last season as Utah’s captain.