The Kansas City Mavericks traded fan favorite and all-star forward Jared VanWormer and defenseman Brayden Sherbinin to the Norfolk Admirals for forward Luke Nogard and future considerations, the team announced Friday.
“We got deep into the summer, and unfortunately, we are dealing with salary cap issues and had to make a move, and we believe this trade will benefit Jared while helping our team,” president and general manager Brent Thiessen said Friday. “Jared meant a lot to this team and we wish him nothing but the best in Norfolk.”
Nogard, a 6-foot-1, 212-pound forward from Mississauga, Ontario, turned in an impressive ECHL rookie season for the Admirals last season, scoring 16 goals and assisting on 22 for 38 points with 104 penalty minutes in 65 games.
The 25-year-old played collegiately for the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks, posting 23 points on 10 goals and 13 assists in 114 games. Nogard was the teammate of Kansas City Mavericks rookie forward Ryan Galt at UNO from 2015-18.
VanWormer, 26, a Traverse City, Mich., native, compiled 47 points on 20 goals and 27 assists in 53 games for the Mavericks last season. He also played eight games in the American Hockey League with the Stockton Heat, Milwaukee Admirals and Colorado Eagles last season.
In 133 career games with the Mavericks, VanWormer tallied 90 points on 43 goals and 47 assists. He also tied for the team lead in postseason points in the 2019 Kelly Cup Playoffs, putting up eight points in seven games on four goals and four assists.
“Jared became an all-star with our team and he and (captain) Rocco Carzo helped change the hockey culture with the Mavericks,” coach John-Scott Dickson added. “I respect the way he plays the game, the way he handles himself in the locker room and in the community. We all wish him the best.”
VanWormer was the Mavericks’ representative at the 2019 ECHL All-Star Game, in which he scored three goals and added an assist.
Sherbinin, a defenseman from Kelowna, British Columbia, played in 18 games for Kansas City and notched two assists last year after being acquired in a midseason trade with the Rapid City Rush.