INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Kansas City Mavericks general manger Brent Thiessen announced Wednesday the signings of Tyler Elbrecht and Shawn Pauly for the 2017-18 season.
"We're excited to announce that Tyler Elbrecht and Shawn Pauly will be coming back to Kansas City," said Thiessen. "Elbrecht will be a huge part of the locker room once again this season, just as he was last year, and we're excited to have Pauly continue his growth with the Mavericks."
Both players skated with the Mavericks in 2016-17 with Pauly spending the full season in Kansas City. Elbrecht played his first 47 games of the season with the Mavericks until he was traded to Manchester on Feb. 16.
Elbrecht, 28, has spent the previous four seasons in the ECHL after competing at Minnesota State - Mankato for his collegiate career. He tallied 14 points (4G+10A) in 47 games in Kansas City a year ago.
At the time of his trade last season, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound defenseman carried a plus-2 rating - third-best among Maverick defensemen in 2016-17.
The Edwardsville, Illinois, native served as an alternate captain with Kansas City last season.
"I couldn't be happier to be re-joining the Kansas City family," said Elbrecht. "Not only is the organization exceptional but the fans are incredible as well. I look forward to bringing my experience to a team which has one goal in mind, a Kelly Cup."
"We're very lucky to have Tyler (Elbrecht) back," said Kansas City Mavericks head coach John-Scott Dickson. "The leadership he brings on and off the ice is invaluable. We want accountability in the room from the players and we feel he will bring that."
Pauly, 25, skated in 54 games for Kansas City in 2016-17 in his first professional season. He totaled 14 points (6G+8A) with 14 penalty minutes and was an even for his plus-minus.
The 6-foot, 190-pound forward joined the Mavericks after a four-year career with UCONN, where he tallied 83 points (28G+55A) in four seasons with the Huskies.
The Bellingham, Washington native finished his career as an alternate captain for the Huskies as a senior.
“It was an easy decision to come back to the Mavericks and the best fans in the ECHL," said Pauly. "I can’t wait to get this season started and am excited for the opportunity to remain a part of this organization. We are all looking forward to accomplishing our goal of bringing the Kelly Cup home to Kansas City this year.”
"Shawn (Pauly) came a long way last year in his first professional season," said Dickson. "He's a versatile player who will play multiple positions when needed to help our team. His play on the penalty kill was top notch all year and we are excited to have him back."
Kansas City will begin its 2017-18 season on the road at Tulsa on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7:05 p.m. The Mavericks' home opener will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28 against Wichita, also at 7:05 p.m. Season tickets are on sale now.
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