The architect of the Kansas City Mavericks, president and general manager Brent Thiessen, has signed a three-year contract extension to remain with the team through the 2021-22 season.
Thiessen has been in charge of the Mavericks since the team’s inception in the 2009-10 season.
The Mavericks have earned the most points during the regular season twice under his leadership and have won four Franchise of the Year Awards.
“I’m excited to continue the job and appreciate the trust that ownership has placed in me,” Thiessen said. “I take great pride in the fact that Kansas City is a premier place to play and work within the ECHL. We look forward to competing on the ice, continuing to grow hockey throughout the region and providing a first-class experience for our fans.”
Thiessen has been named the Executive of the Year three times, with two of those awards coming while leading the Mavericks.
“You know, I love what I do,” he continued. “I work with a staff, coaches and players who have a great passion for this game and for our community and that makes it very easy to come to come to work every day.”
Thiessen was a three-time Corporate Sales Executive of the Year winner and won the N. Thomas Berry Commitment Cup for outstanding service and dedication to the Central Hockey League. He has been a part of two championship squads, one with the Colorado Eagles and one with the Arizona Sundogs.
The Mavericks are the third team he has built from the ground floor, as Kansas City joins the Eagles and Sundogs as teams that prospered from his guidance and leadership.
“In the past we have had some – well, for the lack of a better term – sexy players, guys who were fun to watch and they were able to move up and enjoy success at a new level, like Tanner Fritz (who is playing in the NHL), but this year, we have guys who have bought into our style of play,” Thiessen said. “They do the little things to win hockey games. They have bumps, bruises, are sore and maybe a little bit hurt, but they get out there and compete and win games. I really love watching this team play, and so do our fans.”
The Mavericks moved from unaffiliated status in the Central Hockey League to the ECHL in 2014. The team has had affiliations with the New York Islanders and now the Calgary Flames since joining the ECHL.
Thiessen recently finalized a new lease for the Mavericks at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena that will keep the team in Independence through at least the 2023-24 season.
“We’re off to a successful start this season and there is a lot of optimism and excitement with our club,” he added of the Mavericks, who are off to a 12-5-1-1 start.