INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The Kansas City Mavericks have added defenseman Patch Alber to the 2017-18 roster, announced Wednesday by Mavericks general manager Brent Thiessen.
"We're thrilled to welcome Patch back to Kansas City," said Thiessen. "He sees the ice well and skates very well, too. He was a steadying presence on the blue line and was productive on both ends of the ice in his previous stint with the Mavericks and we're looking for more of the same from him this season."
Alber, 28, played a total of 58 games in Kansas City during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. In that time, he produced 26 points (1G+25A) in addition to a plus-10 rating.
"I’m very excited to be back in Kansas City," said Alber. "It’s such an amazing place to play. The organization is first class with a huge emphasis on winning. The fans are amazing to play in front of. It’s a hard city to beat as far as a place to live. When I started talking to Coach Dickson I knew coming back would be a great fit.”
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound defenseman was traded from the Mavericks to Adirondack on October 21, 2015, just three games into the Mavericks' Brabham Cup-winning season. He went on to set personal records with his new team, finishing with a then-career-high 30 points, all assists, in 2015-16 before besting that mark with 39 points (3G+36A) last year. He finished a plus-nine with the Thunder.
"Patch is a good puck-moving defenseman, sees the ice well and pushes the pace out of the defensive zone," said Mavericks head coach John-Scott Dickson. "He has very high character, competes hard and brings a team-first approach. He’s just the type of man that we want in our organization."
He also got his first Kelly Cup Playoffs experience with Adirondack, a team that reached the postseason in both of his seasons with the Thunder. In 18 games, he has four points (1G+3A) and is a plus-three.
Prior to joining the Mavericks, the Clifton Park, N.Y. native skated in 84 games for the Elmira Jackals, where he recorded 24 points (6G+18A). The upcoming season will be his fifth in the ECHL.
Alber played his collegiate hockey at Boston College, where he helped the Eagles win two national championships, three conference tournament championships and one Hockey East regular season title.
The Mavericks open their season on the road at Tulsa on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7:05 p.m. Kansas City's home opener will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7:05 p.m. against the Wichita Thunder. Season tickets remain on sale.
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