Kansas City Mavericks president and general manager Brent Thiessen didn’t try to hide his excitement as the team announced its first signee Monday afternoon.
The Mavericks announced that they have signed rookie defenseman Tommy Muck to a standard player contract. He is the first player signed for the first season under new head coach Tad O’Had.
Muck, a native of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., comes to the Mavericks after a four-year career at Bemidji (Minn.) State University. He was voted team captain for his senior season, when he tallied four goals and 16 assists with a plus-15 plus-minus rating in 37 games. He was named to the WCHA’s All-Star team.
"It’s great to announce Tad’s first signing," Thiessen said Monday. "You know, we’re looking at the process and we think we’re finding the right pieces to this offseason puzzle."
O’Had is impressed with his leadership skills.
"He was an exceptional leader at Bemidji State, captaining the team his senior year," O’Had, who also serves as the Mavericks’ director of hockey operations, said of Muck. "He instills the qualities that we want in our Mavs players. ... Coaches and scouts rave about his compete level and willingness to always do what is best for the team.
"He routinely is first over the boards for critical moments, penalty kill and when the team needs an energy boost. He is exactly the type of young, hungry D-man that can be very successful at the pro level. He is chock full of character and an exceptional addition to the Mavs."
Muck played 150 games at Bemidji State and had a plus-13 rating and 30 assists for his college career.
"He’s the type of player our fans are going to enjoy watching this season," Thiessen said. "We want players who will represent the Mavericks on the ice and in our community and we believe that is the type of player Tommy will be. We can’t wait to get started."
Added O’Had: "We’re hammering away this offseason. This team, this community, has so much to offer and we have quite a few players who are excited to come here and be a part of the Mavericks."
The Mavericks are slated to open the home portion of their schedule on Oct. 17 at Cable Dahmer Arena against the Tulsa Oilers.