It was late Wednesday afternoon, and Kansas City Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson could finally take a deep breath and relax – for a moment.
“We turned our roster into the ECHL league offices at 2 today,” Dickson said, “and that’s our roster for today. It may all change tomorrow, but that’s our roster and I really like it.”
While the official roster will be released by the league office tomorrow, Dickson did say the team had signed rookie goaltender Hayden Hawkey to a contract and the team released defenseman Brett Beauvais and rookie forward Jade McMullen.
“I love my job, but I don’t love calling a young guy into my office and telling him that he is no longer going to be a part of our team,” Dickson said. “I’ve been on the other side of the desk, and it’s no fun.
“Brett has been a solid player for this organization and he had a good camp, but it came down to a numbers game. Stockton (the Mavericks’ American Hockey League affiliate) sent a defenseman to us and we had to let Brett go. He’s a good player, and a good person, and we all hope he catches on with another team.
“Jade is a rookie who also had a good camp, but again, it’s a numbers game. It’s just as tough to tell a rookie he’s no longer a part of this team, as it was telling Brett, who was with us last year.”
The big news Wednesday was that the Mavericks have signed Hawkey to a contract after he spent the training camp on a tryout basis.
“Hayden can play,” Dickson said. “He proved it in camp, he proved it in our scrimmage and in the exhibition game against Allen (a 3-2 overtime loss). We’re excited about having him as part of our team.”
The roster will change sometime this week as Hawkey is the lone goaltender.
“We have one goaltender, and that’s Hayden, and right now, we are planning on starting him in Tulsa Friday night in the opener,” Dickson said. “We know Stockton will send us a goaltender, but they’re banged up at that position, so we don’t know when that’s going to happen.”
The Mavericks open the season at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Tulsa to face the Oilers, who eliminated Dickson’s team from the playoffs last year with a Game 7 win at BOK Center.
The Mavericks return home for a 7 p.m. Saturday home opener against the Indy Fuel.