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John-Scott Dickson
Head Coach / Director of Hockey Operations

John-Scott Dickson was announced as the third head coach in Mavericks history on June 30, 2016. Prior to becoming head coach he served as an assistant coach during the 2015-16 season when the Mavericks set a club record with 52 wins and claimed the Brabham Cup for the best regular season record in the ECHL. Dickson skated for the Mavericks from 2011 to 2015 and earned 154 points (75g, 79a) over 220 games. He also served as a player/assistant coach during his final season. Over his entire professional career Dickson logged 293 games and 184 points (84g, 100a). A native of North York, Ontario, Dickson lives with his wife Ashley, daughter Harlow, and son Welles in Liberty, Missouri.

Kyle Hood

Assistant Coach

Kyle Hood, 32, enjoyed a six-year professional career spent between the Mavericks, the Arizona Sundogs, Colorado Eagles and Italy’s Milano Rossoblu. He was the top scoring defenseman in the Central Hockey League for two consecutive seasons with 69 points in 2010-11 and 53 in 2011-12. Hood came to the Mavericks during the 2012-13 season and notched 11 points in 37 games. He also picked up five points over 14 games with the Mavericks in the 2013-14 campaign – his final as a player. For his career, Hood totaled 239 points (65g, 174a) and 602 penalty minutes over 327 games.


Simon Watson
Assistant Coach / Director of Skill Development

Watson enters his seventh year on the Kansas City Mavericks coaching staff. He was named assistant director of hockey operations in the fall of 2011. The Waterloo, Ontario native played for the Mavericks during the team's first two seasons and closed out his five-year career in the CHL with 95 goals and 125 assists in 298 games played and one All-Star appearance (2007). Watson was named the CHL's Man of the Year following the 2010-11 season for his contributions to the community off the ice.

Watson's primary focus with the team will be to work with Mavericks players during practices on individual skill development as well as overall practice help with the team. Watson is part of the Mavericks TV broadcast team, appearing as the color commentator during for KCMO’s Friday Night Ice. Simon also works closely with the youth organizations in Kansas City and shares his passion for the game of hockey throughout the metro area.


Watson graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2006 with a bachelor of science degree in psychology and a Masters in educational leadership following a 4 year career on SLU’s Division 1 Hockey Team.


Matt Stephenson
Sr. Advisor of Hockey Operations

Stephenson began playing Junior A hockey for the Nepean Raiders of the Central Junior Hockey League based in and around the City of Ottawa Ontario. Upon seasons end, he committed to St Cloud State University in the WCHA, where he would play 4 seasons and captain the Huskies in his final season. He would go on to play the next 7 years of professional hockey, spending time throughout the ECHL, AHL, EIHL and CHL. He finished his final professional season with the Mavericks in 2015.

Upon His retirement, Stephenson joined the hockey operations staff of the Mavericks for the 2015-2016 season, providing in game analytics. For the 2016-2017 season, Stephenson will resume the role of Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations. He will continue to aid with in game analytics as well Player development. His wife Shelly, daughter Braelyn and son Carter can be found at every home game.

Nick Potter

Head Athletic Trainer

Nick Potter is set to enter his third season with the Kansas City Mavericks in 2017-18. A graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training, Potter had spent seven seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs prior to joining the Mavericks staff. He also worked with the Detroit Lions as an athletic training intern for the 2004 and 2005 seasons before interning with the Chiefs in 2006. Potter, who earned a Master’s in Sport Management from Texas Tech University, currently lives in Olathe, Kansas, with his wife Kaylee, step-son Brayden and son Easton.

Mike Kempkes

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Mike Kempkes will enter his second season with the Kansas City Mavericks as the Strength and Conditioning Coach.  He specializes in strength and conditioning, CPT, with a nutrition and hockey background.  Mike was formerly the strength and conditioning coach and bench coach for the Russell Stover Tier 1 hockey club from 2005 to 2014.  He resides in downtown Kansas City, MO. 



Scott Eastman

Equipment Manager

Scott Eastman joins the Mavericks after serving as the equipment manager for Notre Dame’s ice hockey program in 2016-17. The St. Cloud State alum and native of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, is entering his ninth year of work as a hockey equipment manager with previous stops with Notre Dame, the AHL’s San Jose Barracudas (2015-16) and the University of Alaska – Fairbanks (six seasons). Scott and his wife Alexandra currently reside in Independence.


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