INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Kansas City Mavericks President and General Manager Brent Thiessen announced Wednesday two more additions to the 2017-18 roster, forwards Eric Freschi and Matt Robertson.
“We’re happy about adding two young, versatile, team-first forwards to our roster,” said Thiessen. “I’m excited to welcome Matt back to Kansas City and to see Eric start his professional career with the Mavericks.”
Freschi, 24, signs with the Mavericks after completing his collegiate career at Cornell in 2016-17. In each of the past two seasons, the 5-foot-11, 194-pound forward received the Cornell Hockey Association Award for contributions to the team that are demonstrated in energy, heart and hustle.
The Bloomington, Minnesota, native was a fixture on the Big Red penalty kill throughout his collegiate career. Last season, Freschi led Cornell with a plus-14 rating while tallying 14 points (2G+12A) in 35 games.
The right-hand shot played in a total of 126 games with Cornell, finishing his collegiate career with 30 points (9G+21A), 128 penalty minutes and a plus-4 rating.
Prior to his collegiate career, Freschi played for the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints, totaling 51 points (28G+23A) and 138 penalty minutes with a plus-21 rating in 114 games.
“I’m most excited to join an organization that is committed to a team-first attitude and that wants to win the right way,” said Freschi. “Talking with the coaching staff made my decision easy because I could tell the staff values hard-nosed players, which I pride myself on.”
“Speaking with Eric, he’s is looking to come in, compete and do whatever it takes to help his team win,” said Mavericks head coach John-Scott Dickson. “He’s a guy who is coming in to make an impression and I know we’re all excited to see him at camp in October.”
Robertson, 25, rejoins the Mavericks after playing his final 28 games of 2016-17 in Kansas City. In that time, he posted 13 points (6G+7A) with a plus-8 rating.
The Mavericks signed the 6-foot, 175-pound forward on December 9 after he played his first two professional games with the Reading Royals. He scored his first professional goal on February 26 against Tulsa, a two-goal game, and finished the season strong by beating the goalie in each of the Mavericks’ final two games of the season.
The Rohnert Park, California native played college hockey at Ferris State, setting career-high marks as a junior with 23 points, 17 assists and a plus-7 rating in 2014-15. As a sophomore, Robertson helped the Bulldogs win the WCHA regular season championship, earn a NCAA Tournament berth and reach the school’s first-ever Frozen Four.
“Last year in Kansas City was a great experience for me,” said Robertson. “I’m really looking forward to getting back to Kansas City and playing in one of the best atmospheres in the ECHL.”
“Matt is a smart and skilled player, a good addition to our forward corps,” said Dickson. “He’s looking to have a great start to his year after missing some time last season to injuries.”
The Mavericks open the season on Friday, Oct. 13 at Tulsa at 7:05 p.m. and will hold their home opener on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7:05 p.m. against Wichita. Season tickets, mini packs and single-game tickets are on sale now.
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