Following a loss in the last game of the 2019 ECHL playoffs, Kansas City Mavericks forward David Dziurzynski hinted at retiring.
An injury kept him from playing alongside his brother Darian as the Mavericks lost 4-3 to the Tulsa Oilers in the opening seven-game series.
“We all thought that David was going to retire, but I think the more he thought about it, the more he wanted to come back and take care of some unfinished business,” Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson said Tuesday.
The Mavericks announced Tuesday they have re-signed the Dziurzynski brothers to one-year contracts for the 2019-20 season.
“They’re veterans and we’re expecting a lot more from them this season,” Dickson added. “We want them to lead in the locker room and on the ice. We’re really excited about these signings.”
Darian, a fifth-round draft pick of the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2011 NHL Draft, was the Mavericks’ leading goal scorer last year, netting 27 goals and picking up 21 assists for 48 points in 69 games.
This will be his third season with the Mavericks. In 86 career games with Kansas City, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound 28-year-old forward has scored 37 goals and tallied 24 assists for 51 points.
In 195 career ECHL games, Darian has 139 points on 76 goals and 63 assists.
David, a 6-3, 225-pound forward, notched 48 points on 18 goals and 30 assists last season for the Mavs and amassed 96 penalty minutes (second on team in 2018-19) in 62 games.
David has played in 26 total games in the National Hockey League for the Ottawa Senators in 2012-13 and 2015-16, racking up six points on three goals and three assists along with 22 penalty minutes.
In 81 career ECHL games, David has scored 20 goals and notched 31 assists for 51 points.