INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The Kansas City Mavericks have signed forwards Corey Durocher and Jared VanWormer for the 2018-19 season, announced Tuesday by head coach John-Scott Dickson.
Durocher and VanWormer helped form a second line that carried the Mavericks on the offensive end down the stretch, with the duo combining for 37 points over the team’s final 22 games of the season.
Durocher, 26, was acquired in a future considerations deal with the Idaho Steelheads on Feb. 12. He wasted no time in making an impact for the Mavericks, scoring a goal in his first game with Kansas City.
The 6-foot-3, 194-pound, left-handed forward was a sixth-round pick by the Florida Panthers in the 2010 NHL Draft and will be entering his second full professional season. Last year he totaled 10 goals and 14 assists while splitting time between Kansas City (21 games - 6g, 8a), Idaho (19 games - 2g, 6a) and Brampton (10 games - 2g).
The Ottawa, Ontario native played collegiately at Carleton University of Canada’s USports and totaled 83 points (34g, 49a) in four seasons.
“I’m very excited to be back in Kansas City and with the Mavericks,” said Durocher. “I knew at the end of last season that this was a place I wanted to return to. Coach Dickson and (assistant coach Kyle) Hood gave me all the opportunities to succeed when I came in last year and I hope I can build upon that this upcoming season.”
VanWormer, 25, finished his first full season in the ECHL as the league’s top power play threat, finishing the season with a Mavericks team record 14 goals on the man-advantage.
The 6-foot, 203-pound forward amassed 42 points (22g, 20a) in 2017-18, good for the third-best total on the Mavericks’ roster. He also led the team with five game-winning goals.
The right-hand shot first played for the Mavericks to close out the 2016-17 season, adding one assist in his brief first taste of ECHL hockey.
The Traverse City, Michigan native played collegiately at Ferris State, where he captained the Bulldogs during his senior season in 16-17. He posted 60 points (25g, 35a) in 136 games with a plus-14 rating during his tenure in the NCAA.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to re-sign with a great organization in the Kansas City Mavericks,” said VanWormer. “I’m looking forward to the season and seeing what this team can do.”
Season tickets for the 2018-19 season remain on sale.
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