INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The Missouri Mavericks announced today that they have come to terms with the National Hockey League's St. Louis Blues on a working agreement for the 2016-17 season. Concurrently with this working agreement, the New York Islanders remain as the Missouri Mavericks primary NHL affiliate.
"This working agreement with the St. Louis Blues is an opportunity for the Missouri Mavericks organization to further engage hockey fans throughout Missouri and Kansas. The Blues have a significant fan base in the Kansas City area and they will play a preseason NHL game at the Sprint Center on October 5th. As organizations we are like-minded on growing youth hockey throughout the region and looking to grow cross-promotional opportunities for both organizations," said Mavericks Owner Lamar Hunt Jr.
"Under this working agreement we have the ability to collaborate with the Blues across multiple levels. It's also exciting for our organization and our fans to add another NHL team to our brand," said Mavericks General Manager Brent Thiessen.
"The New York Islanders remain our primary NHL affiliate and the Missouri Mavericks owe a lot of last year's success on the ice to this relationship. For that we are very grateful. Our primary focus, as a development league and team, is to further the growth of the New York Islanders' prospects they assign us and work with them on a daily basis to achieve that goal," added Thiessen.
The Blues are scheduled to play a preseason exhibition game against the Washington Capitals on October 5 at Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City. The Mavericks are working with the Blues and Sprint Center on a number of promotional efforts surrounding the game including discounted ticket purchase opportunities for Mavericks season ticket holders and fans.
St. Louis will also be at the center of the hockey universe on January 2, 2017 when the Blues host the Chicago Blackhawks at Busch Stadium for the annual NHL Winter Classic outdoor game.
"The St. Louis Blues are excited to begin a new partnership with the Missouri Mavericks, extending our reach to hockey fans across the great state of Missouri," said Blues CEO and President of Business Operations, Chris Zimmerman. "Importantly, we look forward to contributing to the work Lamar Hunt Jr. and his team are implementing to grow the game of hockey in the Kansas City region."
The Blues began play in 1967 as one of six expansion teams that helped the NHL grow from its "Original Six" to 12 teams. They advanced to three consecutive Stanley Cup Finals in their first three seasons and also own a Presidents' Trophy as the league's top regular season team (1999-2000) and nine division championships. The Blues enjoyed a run to the Western Conference Final in the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs, which included a seven-game first round series victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
About the Missouri Mavericks: The Mavericks are members of the Mountain Division of the Western Conference of the ECHL-the Premier 'AA' Hockey League in North America. Founded in 2009, the Mavericks are entering their eighth season in team history at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. The Mavericks are the defending Brabham Cup winners after posting a league-leading record of 52-15-5 during the 2015-16 ECHL season, and have been honored with multiple community and league awards including the Harry S. Truman Special Community Service Recognition Award, the Bud Poile Governors' Cup (CHL), and the CHL Franchise of the Year Award for four consecutive seasons.