As practices come to an end and Coach Hillman makes his final cuts, the players, the media and the fans are all ready for the season.
That season starts tomorrow at 7 p.m. when the Missouri Mavericks travel to St. Charles, MO to take on the brand-new, St. Charles Chill.
“We believe this is the most talented group that has been together,” said Head Coach, Scott Hillman. “We looked at the strengths and weaknesses of the teams in the past seasons and we believed that we lacked on the blue line so we brought in guys we believed would play well on defense.”
The 2013-2014 Mavericks have eight returning veterans and twelve rookies. Three of the twelve are goaltenders as neither Mathieu Corbeil nor Mike Clemente returned for this season.
“Hopefully we can get a lot of wins,” said Mavericks captain, Sebastian Thinel. “We just need to be able to get better every day, reach the playoffs and win.”
The Mavericks are definitely ready to take that extra step and win the CHL President’s Cup which they fell short of last year losing in game 7 of the Semifinals to the Allen American’s.
“We’ve got to make sure we can win over the next 66 games,” said Hillman. “The biggest key for us is that we must make sure we have a lineup to stay healthy and have a lineup that is able to stick together.”
The Mavericks signed twelve rookies to their preseason roster including three goalies, four defenseman, and five forwards.
Also returning for this season is Colton Hayes who last year played 18 games for Missouri, netting one goal and assisting eight.
“It’s early,” said Hillman on how the rookies have been playing. “For the camaraderie and system work, the rookies are outstanding and it is really difficult to tell who the rookies are.”
The Mavericks who have been training for the last two weeks will face the St. Charles Chill tomorrow night in St. Charles. The game could prove to be a tough test. The Chill acquired former goalkeeper, Mathieu Corbeil from the Mavericks. Corbeil was untouchable in the net last year and has continued to mature. The Mavericks are ready to start the “Show-Me Cup” series tomorrow night.
“I’m excited to get back on the ice,” said Maverick Veteran, Dave Pszenyczny. “We have a core of returning players and some really talented rookies who are going to be key additions to our lineup this year.”