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Mavericks Create Committee to Honor Past Players

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Kansas City Mavericks President and General Manager Brent Thiessen announced Monday the formation of the Mavericks Selection Committee, created prior to the team’s landmark 10th season with the intention of recognizing all-time Maverick greats and retiring their numbers.

The committee of 10 individuals from outside of the Mavericks organization was tasked with creating the criteria for the highest-possible honor a former player can receive, having their number retired and hung from the rafters at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

“We are excited to create this committee with the intent of looking at previous Maverick players and their achievements.  We wanted to invite different members from different backgrounds to bring their perspective and voice.  The committee will be tasked with selecting players who they believe are deserving of jersey retirement,” said Thiessen. “The committee will create the criteria used for the process moving forward and using that criteria will vote on the player they deem most deserving.  We are happy to be in a position to look back on nine great seasons and start celebrating past successes with our fan base.”

The group consisted of 10-year season ticket holders, media members who have covered the team, and people within the hockey community. Serving on the committee were:

Joe Alsman – Season Ticket Holder
Joe Krebs – Season Ticket Holder
John Hall – Season Ticket Holder
Bill Althaus - Independence Examiner
Soren Petro – 810 Radio
Joel Goldberg – Fox Sports Kansas City
Brad Pascall – Assistant General Manager, Calgary Flames
Ken Morrow – Director of Pro Scouting, New York Islanders
Tom Tilley – Kansas City Youth Hockey Association and former NHL player
Brandon Schultz – Director, Centerpoint Community Ice

Upon establishing the criteria for nomination, the members of the committee received a packet of anonymous resumes of all past Mavericks players who met the criteria. The members then submitted votes for the players they thought were most deserving. Each season the committee will have an opportunity to vote for up to one player to receive the honor.

The committee will decide on one former player to receive the honor during the upcoming season, to be announced at a later date.

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