The Kansas City Mavericks hosted their annual Mac Awards Saturday night at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Independence, Missouri. The event is the Mavericks signature annual event for season ticket holders, corporate partners, players, staff and coaches. The Mavericks announced several award winners, including Team MVP and Maverick of the Year. Rob Hughes of KMBC 9 News emceed the event, welcoming nearly 500 guests to the event.
Mavericks goaltender Mason McDonald was honored as the team's MVP for the 2018-19 season. McDonald, a second round pick by the Calgary Flames in 2014, is one of the ECHL's best goaltenders this season with 20 wins, a 2.30 GAA and .922 save percentage. McDonald thanked his teammates and Mavericks fans for their support throughout the season.
Mavericks assistant coach Kyle Hood was given the organization's 'Maverick of the Year' award, an honor given to someone involved at any level with the Mavericks organization. Hood's involvement with the Jr. Mavericks and commitment to growing hockey at the youth level were cited as the reasons for the honor.
ECHL Commissioner, Ryan Crelin sat down for a 15-minute Q & A with Rob Hughes, answering questions about the future of the league, as well as the impact of markets like Kansas City have in AA hockey.
Additional awards were given throughout the evening as well. Dennis King and Rick Hansen were given the James McGinnis Spirit Award, an award given to a fan or individual involved with the organization who goes above and beyond in their commitment to supporing the Mavericks. Both off-ice officials, King was sent to the hospital earlier this year with pneumonia. Despite being bedridden for weeks, King corresponded with Hansen, co-managing the Mavericks' off-ice crew for each home game while Dennis recovered.
The Mavericks also honored their longtime radio broadcaster, Bob Rennison with a lifetime achievement award for his many years of service to the Mavericks and sports broadcasting in the region.