INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Forward Justin Breton and defensemen Troy Donnay and Tyler Palmer have signed with the Kansas City Mavericks for 2017-18, announced Wednesday by Mavericks President and General Manager Brent Thiessen.
“We’re excited about these three additions to our roster,” said Thiessen. “We believe they will be strong contributors to our team both on the ice and in our room, and we’re excited to get them to Kansas City for the season.”
Breton, 28, was acquired by the Mavericks at the trade deadline last season in a future considerations trade with Kalamazoo. In 12 games with Kansas City, the forward contributed three assists.
Prior to joining the Mavericks, the 6-foot-1, 194-pound forward played in 33 games for the Alaska Aces and in 14 games for the Kalamazoo Wings in the 2016-17 season. He finished the year with season totals of 21 points (9G+12A) in 59 games.
The Fitchburg, Massachusetts, native had also played for Alaska in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 campaigns and made a stop with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL for two games in the 2015-16 season. To date, the left-hand-shooting forward has ECHL career marks of 82 points (42G+40A) and 48 penalty minutes in 175 games played.
“I chose to play in Kansas City again because it is the best place to play in the ECHL,” said Breton. “The fans are top notch and provide a fun atmosphere. I’m excited for another season with the team and to take another shot at bringing the Kelly Cup to Kansas City.”
“Justin brings speed and experience to our forward group,” said Mavericks head coach John-Scott Dickson. “We’re excited to bring him back to Kansas City. After his season last year I know he’s coming back hungry, motivated and looking to have a great season.”
Donnay, 23, joins the Mavericks after spending the previous two seasons with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. In Greenville, Donnay totaled 28 points (5G+23A) and 130 penalty minutes in 122 games in addition to a plus-7 rating.
The 6-foot-7, 205-pound defenseman signed an entry level contract with the New York Rangers in July of 2013, prior to completing his fourth season with the OHL’s Erie Otters. He played for Erie from the 2011-12 season through the 2014-15 campaign and was an alternate captain on the 2012-13 and 2013-14 editions of the Otters that featured eventual top NHL Draft pick Connor McDavid.
Prior to joining Erie, the Flint, Michigan, native skated in two seasons with the London Knights. In two seasons with London, the right-hand-shooting blue liner totaled four points, all assists, in 48 games with a plus-5 rating.
“I’m really excited to be joining Kansas City,” said Donnay. “I’ve heard a lot of great things about the organization through past and present players. I can’t wait to get the season started and to play in front of the fans in Kansas City.”
“Troy brings toughness and is tough to play against,” said Dickson. “He’s looking to have a great year and take that next step in his career. Troy signed a NHL contract with the New York Rangers and after seeing him play two full seasons in Greenville I can say the potential is definitely there.”
Palmer, 23, comes to Kansas City after spending four years at MacEwan University from 2012-13 through the 2015-16 season. He missed 2016-17 due to injury.
At MacEwan, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound defenseman totaled 44 points (7G+37A) and 34 penalty minutes in 73 games while carrying a plus-45 rating.
A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Palmer played one season for the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in 2012-13, registering four assists in 12 games. At home, the left-hand shot trains with former Maverick Kane Lafranchise.
“Choosing to come to Kansas City was easy for me,” said Palmer. “Kane had nothing but great things to say about the coaching staff, the city, the fans and the community support for the team. Talking with John-Scott reaffirmed all of these things, and right from the get-go I felt Kansas City would be the best fit for me. I’m excited to take the next step in my hockey career and can’t wait for October.”
“Tyler is looking to come in and prove himself,” said Dickson. “He’s a team-first guy that came highly-recommended from Kane Lafranchise. We’re excited to see what he can do and add to our team.”
The Mavericks open the 2017-18 campaign on the road at Tulsa on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7:05 p.m. and will begin their home schedule on Saturday, Oct. 28 against Wichita, also at 7:05 p.m. Season tickets remain on sale.
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