INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Kansas City Mavericks general manager Brent Thiessen has earned a new title of Team President, announced Thursday by team owner Lamar Hunt, Jr.
“Since I purchased the Kansas City Mavericks in January of 2015, Brent has displayed great leadership within our organization motivated our staff to be among the leaders in the ECHL in all revenue categories while at the same time utilizing the Mavericks’ platform to impact community organizations that make Kansas City a better place to live,” said Hunt. “Concurrently and without complaint, he had also served on the Executive Committee of the ECHL and is on the Collective Bargaining Committee where he is a trusted and balanced resource for the league and the players. I am proud to call him a friend, but now I am also very proud to give him the title of President of the Kansas City Mavericks.”
Thiessen has been a part of the Mavericks since the team’s inception in the 2009-10 season and has earned four Executive of the Year awards in his eight seasons in Kansas City, most recently at ECHL League Meetings in Las Vegas in June. Thiessen also played a key role in bringing the Mavericks to the ECHL prior to the 2014-15 season after five years in the Central Hockey League.
Under Thiessen’s leadership, the Mavericks won four consecutive Franchise of the Year awards in the CHL and remain a staple in community causes in the greater Kansas City area. Just last season, the Mavericks gave more than $375,000 to a variety of charitable causes.
Thiessen has also maintained a competitive team on the ice, earning the Brabham Cup for the ECHL’s best regular season team in 2015-16 and garnering five playoff berths in eight years.
“It’s been an amazing eight seasons here in Kansas City,” said Thiessen. “I can’t wait to start season nine. We have a fantastic team that has a tremendous passion for doing what they do. I appreciate Lamar (Hunt, Jr.) and his guidance and vision for hockey in Kansas City.”
Prior to joining the Mavericks, Thiessen served as President of the Arizona Sundogs and worked with the NHL’s Florida Panthers as well as the Colorado Eagles.
The Mavericks open their season at Tulsa on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7:05 p.m. and begin their home slate on Saturday, Oct. 28, also at 7:05 p.m., against Wichita. Season tickets remain on sale.
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