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MISSOURI MAVERICKS 2012-13 GAME DAY PROGRAM

ISSUE 1NOVEMBER 2012


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MAVERICKS TABLE OF CONTENTS

Letter from Mavericks President Missouri Mavericks 2012-2013 Schedule Mavericks Seating Chart Mavericks Hockey Operations and Info Upcoming Opponents Home Game Promotions and Giveaways Get to Know Your Mavs List of Corporate Sponsors Mavericks Players Season Ticket Holders Letter From CHL Commissioner Eyes on the Prize by Bill Althaus Referee Signals Hockey A to Z Autographs

Missouri Mavericks 19100 E. Valley View Parkway Independence, MO 64055 www.MissouriMavericks.com

816-252-PUCK (7825)

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MAVERICKS LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT & GM

Welcome Mavericks Fans! On behalf of the entire Mavericks organization, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2012-13 season.  We are very excited about our fourth season and know that the CHL product is better than ever this season. Not only will you see some of the best hockey players in the world, but we will also offer a variety of promotions and events that will be sure to entertain you and your family.  The current NHL lockout will ensure the talent level in the CHL is the best it’s ever been and we are excited to be a part of it. We have been hard at work recruiting a team we believe will compete for the President’s Cup.  Our promise to you is we will continue to work extremely hard to not only provide a competitive team on the ice, but also to present a wonderful, first-class experience as soon as you step inside Independence Events Center. On behalf of our ownership and front office, I would like to thank you for your support and look forward to seeing the Orange Army at the rink. Give M Hell,

Brent Thiessen President and General Manager Missouri Mavericks


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2012-13 201 2-13 SCHEDULE SCHHEDULE OCTOBER SUN

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CHL TEAM ABBREVIAATIONS TIONS ALN ALLEN ARZ ARIZONA BLM BLOOMINGTON DEN DENVER QDC QUAD CITTYY RPD RAPID CITTYY TEX TEXAS TUL TULSA WIC WICHITA

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All times Central. Dates and times subject to change.

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CHL PL PLAYOFFS AYOFFS RUN RUN INTO INTO MAY MAAAYY

Listen to all games live on AM 1660, the Mavericks mobile appp, or streaming at www.MissouriMavericks.com

Price Chopper Two-for-Tuesdays - Two-for-One tickets ets ts can c be purchased pur starting October 1 by showing a Price Chopper card in person son in the Silverstein Silv Eye Centers Box Office or online at Ticketmas etmaster.com by typing the code ‘ChopperX ChopperXXXX’ with each X repr representing resen the last 4 digits of the Pricee Chopper Shopper Card. (Certain (C restrictions apply) Family 4 Pack Dates e - At selectt home games (11/23, 12/31, 3/10), the Mavericks Ma will offer 4 packs which include 4 tickets, ets, 4 hot hot dogs and 4 Pepsi Products. Pr 4 packs go on sale October 1.


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Group tickets for or 15 or more mor people are available byy calling the Ma Mavericks at (816) 252--7825.


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MAVERICKS OPERATIONS & INFO

Head Coach/Director of Operations Hillman, 38, enters his fourth season with the Mavericks.  The Mavericks are the only team in the CHL to win a playoff series in each of the team’s first three seasons including the Turner Conference Finals last season.  Overall, Hillman has a 107-71-18 regular season record and 13-14 record in the playoffs.  The Mavericks are coming off their best season in which the team was 39-21-6 for 84 points and they finished tied for second place in the Turner Conference just three points out of first place.  Prior to joining the Mavericks, Hillman captured back-to-back regular season and playoff titles as the head coach with the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). During Hillman’s two seasons with the Ice Bears, his team compiled a record of 67-32-13 (.660), SCOTT HILLMAN Head Coach/Director of Hockey Opertions and he was named the SPHL Coach of the Year in 2008-09. Hillman had a stellar nine-season professional playing career, including his final eight seasons with the CHL’s Odessa Jackalopes. The offensive defenseman was a four-time CHL All-Star, and retired as the Jackalopes’ all-time leader in games played (446), and assists (260). He finished his career as the second leading scorer in club history with 326 points, and ranks among the top scoring defenseman in CHL history. The 2001-02 CHL Man of the Year graduated from the University of Windsor with a bachelor’s degree in human kinetics in 1999. He later received a Master of Science in kinesiology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in 2002, compiling a 4.0 grade point average.  He also owned and operated Sports Training Facilities in Odessa and Midland, Texas. Hillman completed his amateur career as the leading scoring defenseman in Windsor Lancer history. He led the Lancers to two consecutive trips to the National Championship tournament where he was named a first team all-star both years. In 1998 he was the nation’s leading scorer among defensemen with 42 points in 26 games and in 1999 he was a first team All-Canadian selection. The LaSalle, Ontario native is married to wife Dalyn and the couple has two sons; Corbin, 10 and Guhnar, 6.

Assistant Director of Operations Simon Watson retired from playing hockey and was named the Mavericks' Assistant Director of Hockey Operations in August 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 201011 season for his contributions to the community off the ice. As Watson enters his second year as Assistant Director of Hockey Operations, he will continue to assist Mavericks' Head SIMON WATSON Coach Scott Hillman in the day-to-day operations of the team Assistant Director of Hockey Opertions as well as be involved in the Mavericks' youth hockey programs. Watson attended St. Lawrence University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. Simon and his wife, Samantha, reside in Blue Springs with their dog, Millie.


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MAVERICKS UPCOMING OPPONENTS

WICHITA THUNDER Home Games - 11/3, 11/20 Founded: 1992 Head Coach: Kevin McClelland Wichita made a respectable run for the title last year, but fell short against the Komets. They entered the playoffs with a record of 44-19-3, which topped the Berry conference standings. The Thunder went back to the drawing board over the off season to repair from their loss in the CHL Championship series this past season. This year the Mavericks will defend their home ice against the intruding Thunder in this season’s home opener.

Bloomington Blaze Home Games - 11/9, 11/10 Founded: 2011 Head Coach: Brian Gratz The Blaze are looking for a fresh start this season by bringing in former Dayton Gems head coach Brian Gratz. The Blaze finished last season in the bottom of the Turner conference, finishing the regular season with a record of 2435-7. This month the Mavericks will battle the Blaze in a weekend showdown that promises to be a barn burner.

Rapid City Rush Home Games - 11/17 Founded: 2008 Head Coach: Joe Ferras

This is a must see game between two power house teams and the only chance to catch the Rush playing the Mavericks at the IEC all season. Make sure you attend this thrilling night of hockey and help cheer on Colt King, Derek Leblanc, and Blake Forsyth against their former team.

Fort Worth Brahmas Home Games - 11/23 Founded: 1997 Head Coach: Dan Wildfong The Fort Worth Brahmas, previously known as the Texas Brahmas, are looking to make a statement this season with new ownership backing the team. Head Coach Dan Wildfong will be returning for his sixth season with the franchise. The Brahmas aim to continue their hard nose style of play this year by recruiting a young but tough team.

Quad City Mallards Home Games - 11/30 Founded: 2009 Head Coach: Terry Ruskowski The Mallards hope new coach Terry Ruskowski can bring a resurging force to their team. Ruskowski brings an accumulated career record of 589-416-102 into his tenth season as a CHL coach. With his experience and knowledge of the game the Mallards are sure to be a tough opponent this year. The Mavericks will be wrapping up November with a game against the Mallards in a showdown that will reward the winner momentum heading into December.


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MAVERICKS PROMOTIONS AND GIVEAWAYS

SEASON-LONG PROMOTIONS Freedom Fridays - All military personnel (active or non-active) with military ID card will receive $5 off any ticket at the Silverstein Eye Centers Box Office Only (excludes End level seating, maximum five tickets per ID). Friday games only, tickets for all Freedom Fridays go on sale October 1. The Brewtop Pub & Patio - Official Away Game Watch Party STRIKERZ - Official Post-Game Party Mac’s Maniacs - Join the Mac’s Maniacs Kids Club for FREE at any Mavs game! You’ll get exclusive parties and offers from Paradise Park and Red Robin. Price Chopper Two-for-Tuesdays - Two-for-One tickets can be purchased starting October 1 by showing a Price Chopper card in person in the Silverstein Eye Centers Box Office or online at Ticketmaster.com by typing the code ‘ChopperXXXX’ with each X representing the last 4 digits of the Price Chopper Shopper Card. (Certain restrictions apply) Family 4 Pack Dates - At select home games (11/23, 12/31, 3/10), the Mavericks will offer 4 packs which include 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 Pepsi Products. 4 packs go on sale October 1. Hog Wild Happy Hour - Blue Springs Harley-Davidson presents Hog Wild Happy Hour from 5:30-6:30p before EVERY Home Game. $3 Brews, $1 Hotdogs and $1 sodas! AM 1660 Radio Broadcasts - All 66 games will be broadcast live on AM 1660, the KMBZ Business Channel. All games will also be available through the Mavericks’ mobile app and streaming live www.MissouriMavericks.com.

UPCOMING GIVEAWAYS AND EVENTS Sat., Nov. 3 - Black Cowbell Giveaway courtesy of Firestone Fri., Nov. 9 - Youth Orange Jersey Giveaway courtesy of Shocking Prices Sat., Nov. 10 - Adopt-A-Mav post game player auction Sat., Nov. 17 - Post-Game Skate with Team sponsored by Price Chopper Fri., Nov. 30 - Adult White Jersey Giveaway courtesy of County Line Auto Parts

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MAVERICKS GET TO KNOW YOUR MAVERICKS

#13 BLAKE FORSYTH • Hometown: Winnipeg, MAN • Position: Defense • If I weren’t playing hockey, I’d be: A Teacher • Favorite TV character: Al Bundy • Worst hockey related injury: Broken Jaw • Actor to play me in a movie: Peewee Herman • Favorite band: Aerosmith • One food to eat for the rest of my life: Pork Chops • Superpower I want: Invisibility • Favorite movie: 300 • Favorite non-hockey athlete: Steve Young

#45 COLT KING • Hometown: Thunder Bay, ONT • Position: Left Wing • Nickname: Kinger • Movie I watch every year: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas • How I pass the time on road trip: Watch Movies • Pre-game meal: Chicken Alfredo • Favorite sports moment as a fan: Meeting Wayne Gretzky • Favorite type of music: Rock • Favorite Subject in school: Engligh • Hobby: Fishing • Favorite superhero: Hulk or Batman

#59 RILEY EMMERSON • Hometown: Abbotsford, BC • Position: Right Wing • Most important thing I learned in school: Work Ethic • How I pass the time on road trips: Read • One food to eat for the rest of my like: Chipotle • Favorite TV show: Sons of Anarchy • What I do on off days: Spend time with family • Pre-game music choice: Country • People might be surprised to know that I: Read a lot • Favorite Band: Mumford and Sons • Magazine subscription: People

#17 JEFF PIERCE • Hometown: Troy, MI • Position: Right Wing • Best player I’ve played with: Sebastien Thinel • Favorite quote: “Jealousy is a stinky cologne” • Biggest Fear: Sharks • Actor to play me in a movie: Keanu Reeves • Favorite hockey memory: Beating Michigan at Michigan • Favorite superhero: Batman • Favorite movie: Braveheart • Favorite vacation spot: The Beach • What I would do if I won the lottery: Buy a Lake House


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2012-2013 Missouri Mavericks Corporate Sponsors

54th Street Grill Air National Guard - MO American Family Insurance American Standard Arby's At&t Real Yellowpages Back Yard Burgers BD's Mongolian BBQ Belfonte Ice Cream Big Biscuit Blue Springs Harley-Davidson Blue Springs Nissan Bob Sight Kia Bolero Salon & Spa BrewTop Building A Healthier Independence Bushnell Cargo Largo Carrabbas Centerpoint Medical Center Century 21 All Pro Certified Radon Chick-Fil-A Comcast Cool Carvings County Beverage County Line Auto Parts Credit Guys Deenbaugh Dental Arts DiCarlo's Dick's Sporting Goods DOG Obedience Drumm Farm Drury Inn & Suites DSS Edward Jones Fazoli's Firehouse Subs

Firestone First Mortgage Solutions Furniture Deals Gray Chiropractic Heartland Podiatry Hilton Garden Inn HJ Design Holiday Inn Express & Comfort Suites Hooters Humana IHOP Indepedence Tourism Independence Audio/Video Independence Examiner Independence Power & Light Integrity Computer Services Isle of Capri Jay Love's Lawn & Landscape KC Sports Commission Kennedy's Custom Jewelers Ken's Foods Kincaid Coach Lines Legal Center for New Familes LMC Truck Lovinggood Orthodontics Mazuma Credit Union McCarthy Auto Group McCarthy Hyundai McIntosh Heating & A/C Midwest Gastro Missouri Lottery MODOT Molly Maid Nadler's Catering Noodles Oasis Tan Outback Steakhouse Papa Johns Paradise Park

Pepsi Price Chopper Protype Red Robin Reece & Nichols Rib Crib Roma Bakery Santa Fe Glass Savers Sheet Metal Workers Shocking Prices Silverstein Eye Centers Sonic Sport Clips Strikerz Summit Litho Sunnyside Garden Apartments Tim's Pizza Toshiba Business Solutions U.S. Army US Cleaners Verizon Wireless Vibe Marketing Villa Italian Fresh Kitchen Walz Tetrick Westport Flea Market Windstream Communications Xfinity Xtreme Family Fitness Mavericks Media / Radio Partners FOX 4 810 WHB 98.9 The Rock 96.5 The Buzz 1660 KMBZ Business Channel 610 KCSP Alice 102


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MAVERICKS MAVERICKS 2012-2013 TEAM ROSTER NAME: Austin Lee NUMBER: 1 POSITION: Goaltender HEIGHT: 6’ 3” WEIGHT: 200 SHOOTS: Left DATE OF BIRTH: 9/15/88 HOMETOWN: Bloomington, MN

NAME: Matt McCready NUMBER: 7 POSITION: Defenseman HEIGHT: 5’ 11” WEIGHT: 180 SHOOTS: Right DATE OF BIRTH: 7/9/87 HOMETOWN: Kingsville, ON

NAME: Mike Clemente NUMBER: 30 POSITION: Goaltender HEIGHT: 6’ 2” WEIGHT: 200 SHOOTS: Left DATE OF BIRTH: 1/9/90 HOMETOWN: Great Falls, VA

NAME: Trevor Kell NUMBER: 9 POSITION: Forward HEIGHT: 6’ 0” WEIGHT: 185 SHOOTS: Right DATE OF BIRTH: 6/23/86 HOMETOWN: Thunder Bay, ON

NAME: Mathieu Corbeil NUMBER: 35 POSITION: Goaltender HEIGHT: 6’ 6” WEIGHT: 205 SHOOTS: Left DATE OF BIRTH: 9/27/91 HOMETOWN: Montreal, PQ

NAME: Brian Bicek NUMBER: 10 POSITION: Forward HEIGHT: 5’ 9” WEIGHT: 175 SHOOTS: Left DATE OF BIRTH: 11/24/85 HOMETOWN: Downers Grove, IL

NAME: David Simoes NUMBER: 3 POSITION: Defenseman HEIGHT: 5’ 10” WEIGHT: 205 SHOOTS: Left DATE OF BIRTH: 3/9/85 HOMETOWN: Vanderhoof, BC

NAME: Blake Forsyth NUMBER: 13 POSITION: Defenseman HEIGHT: 6’ 3” WEIGHT: 191 SHOOTS: Left DATE OF BIRTH: 9/4/79 HOMETOWN: Winnipeg, MB

NAME: Brandon Smith NUMBER: 4 POSITION: Defenseman/Forward HEIGHT: 6’0” WEIGHT: 200 SHOOTS: Right DATE OF BIRTH: 9/3/86 HOMETOWN: Pepper Pike, OH

NAME: Jeff Pierce NUMBER: 17 POSITION: Forward HEIGHT: 6’0” WEIGHT: 180 SHOOTS: Right DATE OF BIRTH: 11/10/83 HOMETOWN: Troy, MI


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MAVERICKS 2012-2013 TEAM ROSTER NAME: Derek Leblanc NUMBER: 19 POSITION: Forward HEIGHT: 6’ 2” WEIGHT: 210 SHOOTS: Left DATE OF BIRTH: 3/31/86 HOMETOWN: Brandon, MB

NAME: Kellan Tochkin NUMBER: 28 POSITION: Forward HEIGHT: 5’ 10” WEIGHT: 176 SHOOTS: Right DATE OF BIRTH: 2/15/91 HOMETOWN: Abbortsford, BC

NAME: Ryan Jardine NUMBER: 21 POSITION: Forward HEIGHT: 6’ 0” WEIGHT: 192 SHOOTS: Left DATE OF BIRTH: 3/15/80 HOMETOWN: Ottawa, ON

NAME: John-Scott Dickson NUMBER: 40 POSITION: Forward HEIGHT: 6’ 3” WEIGHT: 212 SHOOTS: Right DATE OF BIRTH: 4/10/84 HOMETOWN: North York, ON

NAME: Matt Krug NUMBER: 22 POSITION: Defenseman HEIGHT: 6’ 0” WEIGHT: 230 SHOOTS: Right DATE OF BIRTH: 7/7/85 HOMETOWN: Livonia, MI

NAME: Sebastien Thinel NUMBER: 43 POSITION: Forward HEIGHT: 6’ 1” WEIGHT: 187 SHOOTS: Left DATE OF BIRTH: 3/24/81 HOMETOWN: St. Jerome, PQ

NAME: Jamie VanderVeeken NUMBER: 26 POSITION: Defenseman HEIGHT: 6’ 2” WEIGHT: 215 SHOOTS: Left DATE OF BIRTH: 1/20/86 HOMETOWN: Wallaceburg, ON

NAME: Colt King NUMBER: 45 POSITION: Forward HEIGHT: 6’ 2” WEIGHT: 220 SHOOTS: Left DATE OF BIRTH: 3/4/83 HOMETOWN: Thunder Bay, ON

NAME: Kenton Miller NUMBER: 27 POSITION: Forward HEIGHT: 6’0” WEIGHT: 196 SHOOTS: Left DATE OF BIRTH: 2/10/91 HOMETOWN: Redvers, SK

NAME: Riley Emmerson NUMBER: 59 POSITION: Forward HEIGHT: 6’8” WEIGHT: 248 SHOOTS: Right DATE OF BIRTH: 2/7/86 HOMETOWN: Riley Emmerson, BC


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MAVERICKS SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

Richard D. Birks Stephanie Goldberg Mark Julian Skip & Angel Cox Randy & Mary House John Stephens Joshua C Bean James McMillen Leslie M Greiner Kevin Sexton Brian Morgan Greg & Carolyn Steinike Valerie Hough David Staves Kevin Gabert Matt Adams Angela Dornbrook Grant & Maggi James Jack & Linda Major James Wallace Patrick McKenna Terry Rusconi Harley A. Todd Allen Clem Robert Heacock Dave Vun Cannon Tom Wilhoit Vince Hayes Rich Aubuchon Tom Waters Dale Risker Joe Alsman Ivan Brown Rich Cronemeyer Joe Thieman Chet Neumann Robert Schaaf Raymond K. Maxwell Kenny Heermann Ray Haskins Lake Crookham Willie & Pam Humphreys Kenneth Hollins Steve Cookston Mark Troy Rea Myers Patrick Morris Jennifer Young Russel Titus Debra Moravac

Tim Comer Robert & Wendy Stinson Kathy Emley David Cook David Wylie Scott McCarthy Bob Gillett Becky Cox Eric Olson Brad Coleman John Pinch Marcie Gragg Steve & Janet Congdon Mike & Rhonda Hardison R.G. Odell John & Virginia Chamberlain Gregory & Sharon Webb Christine Howell Lisa Spaulding Jason Hook James & Alma Edson Tracy Carnal Greg Kirkman Roger Umbarger Matthew Chrisman Josh Sonsiadek Brad Mouse Dan W. Gaylord John Raffel Julie & Stephen Erickson Dorothy Mulford James Gray Bart & Cathy Fifield Steve Campbell Bob Aubuchon Patrick Collins John & Linda Hall David Botts Mike Burgess Dean Wescott David Downs Steve & Diana Taylor Chris McCreary Kurt Johnsen Nancy Mitchell Conni Baldwin Joe & Tracy Damario Tina Parsley Hughes Barbara J. Friel David McDowell

Grant Bowerman Joe Krebs Kris Grimes Jennifer K Hicks Beverly Cummings Chris Barkhurst Daniel Donovan Richard E. Montgomery Max Brown Robyn Durst John Meyer Marty Brown Samuel & Jean Lombardo Donald & Chris Bryant Jeff Wayman Dave Mullen Mark Cyr & Frank Leone Todd Crawford Dave Fuchs Jeff VanDam Damion Levings Ron Peterson Jeremy McGowan John Sparks James & Kathryn Whitfield Michael R. Evans Greg McCullough Steve Winship Tiffany Moore Kevin Parr Phillip Heavelow Justin Bohling Drew McElroy J. Erik Juergensen Mike Misko David Curtis Sandra Young Robert Rauzi Bill Glasco Bonnie Borgman Scott Nelson Steve & Jennifer Segura Naomi Burwell Laura Hardman Chris Hoover Mike Stahl Kimberly Hunter Michael Ostrom Ron & Ruth McCubbin Shelley McCubbin

Jeff Schnakenberg Bob Kurth Richard Gillette Andy Dean Charles Clabough Mike Moran Barbara McCormick Paul Egleston Todd Mannschreck Gregory Klein Sr. Russell & Susan Crumrine Kate & Todd Fullerton Jean Morris Brenda Brown Don Miller Molly & Chris Pesce John & Tina Weber Laurie Barker Jason Weber Earl Goad Adam Couch Steven Trader Keith Bower Michael & Sharon Mathews Sy Harvell Martha Miller Lou Gresham Carrie McDonald Dennis McDonald Sarah McDonald Whitnee Milburn Richard & Dana Miller Emily Foster William Brittain Sean Powell John F. Howe James Shoaf Keith Pettersen Brandon Russell Donald DeBoard Brian Marks Dan Stephens Randy & Debi Denham Brian & Malisa Pitts Aaron McRoberts Chad Helmer Doug Franks Thomas & Debra Howard Frank & Erin Means Debbie Sydlo


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SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

Steve Lohe Zoe Zaiser Alex Miller James Sisson Gaylon Foresee Jeff Meehan Pam Conner Rodney Robinson Debbie Stovall Nicole & Brian Stewart Bryan & Dawn Adams Gerri Lynn Harmon Shelly Nieweg Jeff Adams Walter Miller Mark Mika Daniel Wood Amie Elliott Jeff Dyke Brad Ullery Tom Smith Hays Boughan Sharon Schenk Aaron & Diana Casebolt Travis Trudeau Milton Hatt Chip & Stacy Chandler Kevin Bodrie-Tush Bert and Vicki Park Donna & Gary Stines Fred & Kim Shirk David & Kathy Lackland David Parker Judy Bellville Bill Wrisinger Ron Dake Gary H. Fisk John McKinney Vince Thompson Don Baken Stacey Schell-Newland Kim & Jeff Blystone Robert Rippentrop Craig Cook Mark Bauman Don Guthrie Frank Spevak Jack Lowe Jeff Mullins Mike Bukaty

Shannon Casey Robert Stoeck Gerry & Mary Sepulveda Andy Humble Matthew Baker Charlie Kirkham Doug Harris David Kopp Dan Ross Scott & Carol Roberson Don Loudon Jeff Butler Marty R. Wilson Ron Cory Diana Enna Rob & Heather Carpenter James C. Bellomy Gary Naugle James Head Joe Pollard Rob Weishar George Cavender Robert Brady John Mickelson Scott Moorhouse Chris Schutte Gary L. Walker Michael Ryffe Bruce Haydon Dave Shipman Lee Snyder Lewis L. Clark Mike Phillips Lisa Tepen Alan Reid Marlene Bohling Edwin G. Hodges David Berry Garland Strickland Jodene Ashleman James Rouse Mike Heirston Ron Deis Thomas Roehrick Lance Schefers Geoff Mills Patrick Steiner Jane & Ronald Morman Stephanie & Teresa Curl Richard Swart

Michelle Stone Michael McCoy Patrick Kelly Sam Gilliland Rodney Dalton Mike & Jennifer Graham Troy & Grace Thorpe Craig M. Cook Robert Reynolds Kelly Heinen Sara Fox Jeff Rinehart Jay Gruver Ann & Lee Williams Jared & Rachel Helston Carl & Rhonda Smart Ron & Jan Taylor Teresa Schumaker Laura Cambron Bill Pecota Jennifer & Jimmy Leath Brock & Sharlene Sears Jerry Pientka Brian Gilliland Terry & Pamm Collins Sandy & Blake Roberson Wendy Rosche Mike Berry Jeannie Hughes Scott Leonard Steve Gipson Ron Butler Patrick & Kimberlea Rauzi Danny Atie Holly Krahenbuhl Tammy Myers Bob Young David Emerick Jonathan & Erin Summers Alicia Robinson Malissa Shrout Steven Grant Dean Feuerborn Robert & Hazel Hall Jeff & Caroline Rogers Barb Clarke Steve Hinderliter Sandy Gordon Zachary Schmidt Antoinette Madeira

Beth & John Bauer Martin Wix Jim Doiron Ron Adams Kelly Rice Karen Sims Pete Cole Jason Davis Michael Harris Thomas Gregory Clifton Nix Amanda Bleyenberg Wanda & Joey Taylor Rodney Heyer Timothy & Sandy Willis Josh Seevers Ed Humbel Tracy Rogers Vicki Hedberg Charles Schuman Jeanette Hines Meghan Hines Dennis Peoples Mike Byard Lynne Drummond Wendy K Wilson Kim Brown Scot Albertson Judy Tyson Florence Hulse Jerri Evans Melanie & Danielle Lanigan Roger Neir Tiffany & Michael Summers Greg Sexton John Gauld Stephanie Dunlap Gary & Shirley Long Jen Weiland Tony Pardo Raymond Haile Roger Denton Jeff & Emily Herdman Todd Johns Steve & Louise Small Stuart Goldberg Clint Cassing Chuck Cox Scott & Melissa Wilkins David Willems


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MAVERICKS SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

Joyce Althaus Kelley Wood Mike Husereaux Todd Jones Aaron Hammar Robin Bogart BJ Moyer Brooke M. Wood Becky & Kevin Jameson Brian Irvine Mark Snow Keith Winn Jerry Gallion Randy Herpich Stephanie & John Beggs Bryan McCoy Brian Rupard Lisa Nelson Perry Egerton Geoff Eblen Angie Eaton John & Sandra Martin Chester H. Harvell Jessica Mauzey Larry Titus Jessie Hill Jenny Berlin Kelsie Woodward John Colle Donna Rider Judy Simonitsch Alisa Cain Kim Wiechers Lance Friday Sarah Morton Tony Kern David Bartlett Greg Klein Linda & Joe Wilmurth Jerry Vick Justin Kesner Melanie & Brian Baker Chad Taylor Bill & Kathy Taylor Troy Bruns Greg Osborne Shannon Bray Rhonda Butzbach Scott Alexander Jimmy Faseler

Martin Bessant Thomas McGee Katelynn Rogers Trina & John Cole Miranda Ritter Vito Mirabella Stacey Mycanka Jimmy & Missy Todd Patrick Ray Cyndi Hamilton Ronda Francis Joanna & Mark Grote Linda Reyes Shay Parra Maria & John Leeper Linda & Kenneth Kessler Debbie Miller Laurel McKean Shelia Shafer Katie Worley Katherine Belter Trenton & Ashley Kelly Kelli Merrill Roxanne Kadir-Dawson Michelle Smith Team Sean Mullen Greg Leyh Dustin Degraffenried Daniel Clymore David Rhodes Adam Webster Chris Hubbard Danielle Schremser Clayton Discher Derek Smith Gary Nelson Jeni Davis Daniel Mulford Kelly Olson Mike Gavoli Brandi Gietzen Joe Stansfield Vickie & Richard Matney Bob Klem Tracy Richards Stacy Diaz Keith & Ariane Miller Rebecca Litton Marsha Oldham Alicia Smith

Heather & David Smith Joel & Kim Heath Scott Cross Jeri Couch Brian Bauer James Hayes John & Glenda Foley Lynn Coke Kevin Bye Ron Gabbert Brandon Deweese Shanda Deweese Wesley Cline Joe Barton Rick Gruber Thom & Michelle McNorney Bill Roberts Rick Lunceford Shirley Willmon Danny & Trish Bland Heather & Derek Barham Kelly Tennison Jeremiah Griffith Dean Schacht David Ledgerwood Andrea & Jason Cook Art Phillips Britt Batchelor Kevin Stallings Mike Peterson Don McKenna Amanda Tisdale Mike Capps Pat Smith Douglas Christie Terry Brown Camm Construction Anthony Totta Jon Ball Automotive Claims Specialist Automotive Bill Sellers Jayson & Patsy Cruse Lori Stevenson Karen Downey Patti Jorgensen Kim Downey Mike & Jolene Osborn Kris DeFrain

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LETTER FROM CHL COMMISSIONER Dear Central Hockey League Fans:

Once again it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to another season of CHL hockey, our 21st year in operation. For the past 20 seasons, the CHL has prided itself on being a league where families and hockey fans of all ages can experience top-level professional hockey at an affordable price. Some of the most exciting and skilled professional hockey players will take to the ice in their quest to hoist the Ray Miron Presidents’ Cup.

DUANE LEWIS

Last season, over two million fans came through the turnstiles to watch CHL games throughout the regular season and playoffs, averaging more than 4,000 fans per game in the regular season, and more than 4,400 in the playoffs, resulting in increases in both categories from the previous season. CHL Commissioner

The 2011-12 season culminated with Fort Wayne Komets winning the CHL Championship, beating the 20-year CHL franchise Wichita Thunder in five games, in front of some of the largest crowds in our history. As a developmental league, the CHL made tremendous strides in advancing players with more than 60 different skaters making their way to the American Hockey League over the past two seasons. In addition, many of the CHL Officials worked games in the American Hockey League and two former CHL Officials were hired by the National Hockey League in the off-season (John Grandt and Jon McIsaac), realizing their dreams of advancing to highest level very quickly into their young careers. The upcoming season will see some great rivalries renewed, and new ones to be formed as we welcome the Denver Cutthroats to the CHL. The action will prove to be as exciting as ever both on and off the ice, while striving to entertain our guests throughout the 66game schedule. I would like to thank you for your support of your team, the league and the sport we all love!

Sincerely,

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Mavericks want to bring home title for loyal fans By Bill Althaus bill.althaus@examiner.net

revved up – the boys on the team, the coaches, the front office and certainly the fans – for a great year. All the boys were When Brian Bicek pulled up to the Indetalking about the fans, the chemistry this pendence Events Center for the first day of team is forming and what a great season it’s preseason camp, one of the newest memgoing to be.” bers of the More than Missouri 100 fans Mavericks were in the was a bit Events Cenconfused. ter as 22 I thought players hit we were the ice for just having the first time. practice There were and a scrimsome familiar mage, and faces and all these plenty of cars were in new players the parking to pique the lot,” Bicek fans’ interest. said on Oct. “I was sup8, following posed to go the first day to the doctor of training this morning camp for to get some members of blood work the Central done,” said Hockey original seaLeague son ticket club. holder Gar“Then, I go land StrickFans celebrate along with the Mavericks after scoring a goal last inside and land, who is season at the Independence Events Center. see all the battling canCourtesy of the Missouri Mavericks fans – the cer. “When fans who are there to watch us practice – they told me to be in this morning, I told and I realize just how special the fans are them that we had to change the time. here in Independence. We’re excited about “I’m not going to miss my boys’ first pracwhat this team can accomplish this season, tice. I know that blood work is important, and it didn’t take long to see that our fans but so is seeing my boys out on the ice.” share in our enthusiasm. The fans’ interest didn’t surprise coach Scott “I have to admit, it’s a first for me to see that Hillman, but the number in attendance many fans at practice. I think we’re all caught even him off guard.


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“Goodness, it’s a practice, and we have as many fans as attend some of the games in the CHL,” quipped Hillman, who spent the entire scrimmage session watching the action from the press box with president and general manager Brent Thiessen and assistant director of hockey operations Simon Watson. “We have a scrimmage at 6 p.m. Thursday and I can’t even begin to imagine how many fans are going to be there. It’s great to see the fans so excited because we’re certainly excited. This is the most depth and talent we’ve had on the ice in four years. “And with just 24 players in camp, everyone is playing for a legitimate spot on the team. And I believe that everyone in camp will play in the CHL. Unfortunately, not all of the

boys will be playing here because of a numbers game, but every player out on the ice can play in this league.” Former defensive standout Blake Forsyth is back with the Mavericks after playing last season in Rapid City. He can’t wait for the season to begin, and said the first practice set the tone for the entire preseason. “We’ve had some sessions with the fans where we have been able to meet them, and they’re great people – just like they were my first season with the Mavericks,” Forsyth said. “But more importantly, we’re already developing a chemistry among the players. “The guys on last year’s team made a real run at going to the championship series. They lost out to Fort Wayne, but you can tell


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from talking to the players on last year’s team that they have a sense of unfinished business and I, along with the other new players, want to do everything to help them accomplish the only goal this team has – to win the CHL championship.” A healthy Ryan Jardine is back this season after missing most of the 2011-12 campaign with a serious concussion and broken arm. “Three days into last season I get the concussion,” the veteran forward said, “and then, right after I come back, I break my arm. I didn’t want my career to end with a season of disappointment, because I didn’t feel like I contributed the way I should. “When you look out on the ice or in the locker room, I’ve never seen a Mavericks team with this much depth and talent. I think we have the chance to do something special. On paper, we look good – really good. But the game is played on the ice and we have to prove that we are a team that is capable of winning a championship. “If we work hard and develop a team chemistry, I think it can happen. But we have to

work hard – nothing is going to be handed to us.” Returning team captain Sebastien Thinel agrees. “I’m back this season to win a championship,” said Thinel, one of the leading scorers in CHL history and a former league MVP. “We have depth on all three lines, we have great leaders and I think we can be part of something special this season.” So does forward John-Scott Dickson, who spent much of last season skating on the same lines as Jardine and Thinel. “The one thing that could make us a better team this season is our depth,” Dickson said. “I don’t care which line you play on, you’re going to be out on the ice with some great players. The guys who are back from last year know how close we came to getting to the championship series and the new guys want to help us reach that goal this season. “We can’t wait to get started – and from looking at the number of fans who were here today, it looks like they feel the same way.”


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Welcome to Hockey 101 a quick reference guide to better understand the game of hockey. If you are new to the Mavericks and hockey, and you are having a hard time understanding what is happening on the ice, there are two rules that will help immensely. Please pay close attention to the icing and offside basics below and you will follow the game much easier.

BASICS Goal - A goal is awarded when the puck entirely crosses the red goal line between the goal posts. The player who shoots the puck into the net or who was the last player of the scoring team to touch the puck is credited with the goal. A goal is disallowed if the puck was thrown or otherwise intentionally directed into the net by an attacking player by any means other than his stick. The puck, however, can be deflected off a skate or the attacking player's body into the net if it was unintentional. A goal also is allowed if it is directed into the net by a defending player. Icing - Icing occurs when a team shoots the puck from its half of the ice (behind the center red line) across the opponent's goal line without the puck passing through any part of the goal crease. Icing is not called (it is "waived off") when a team is shorthanded, when the opposition could have made a play on the puck before it went over the goal line, or when a player of the team shooting the puck touches it before an opposing player. After the puck is iced, play stops and a faceoff is held in the defensive zone of the team that committed icing. Offside - Offside occurs when an offensive player crosses the blue line into the attacking zone before the puck. The determining criterion for offside is the positioning of the skates. The player’s skates must be entirely over the blue line ahead of the puck for a player to be called for offside. Play is stopped and a face-off is held in the neutral zone (between the blue lines). Overtime/Shootout - When teams are tied at the conclusion of regulation play, each team will receive one point in the standings. A five-minute, sudden-death overtime will be played, with each team using four skaters. The winning team will receive a second point in the standings. If a game is still tied at the conclusion of the overtime, a shootout will be used to determine the winner. Five skaters from each team will go one-on-one against the goalie and the team that scores the most goals will earn a second point in the standings.

PLAYERS Goaltender - The goalie's primary task is simple - keep the puck out of his net. Offensively, he may start his team down the ice with a pass, but seldom does he leave the net he guards. Defensemen - These players try to stop the incoming play at their own blue line. They try to break up passes, block shots, cover opposing forwards and clear the puck from in front of their own goal. Offensively, they get the puck to their forwards and follow the play into the attacking zone, positioning themselves just inside their opponent's blue line at the "points." Center - The quarterback on the ice, the center leads the attack by carrying the puck on offense. He exchanges passes with his wings to steer the play toward the opposing goal. On defense, he tries to disrupt a play before it gets on his team's side of the ice. Wings - The wings team up with the center on the attack to set up shots on goal. Defensively, they attempt to break up plays by their counterparts and upset the shot attempts.

OFFICIALS Referee - He supervises the game, calls the penalties, determines goals and handles faceoffs at center ice to start each period. The referee is the official with orange bands on each of his arms. Linesmen - Two are used. They call offside, icing and handle all face-offs not occurring at center ice. They do not call penalties, but can recommend to the referee that a penalty be called. Goal Judges - One sits off-ice behind each goal and indicates when a goal

has been scored by turning on a red light just above his station. The referee can ask his advice on disputed goals, but the referee has final authority and can overrule the goal judge. Official Scorer - He determines which player scores and credits assists if there are any. He may consult the referee, but the scorer is the final authority in crediting points.

PENALTIES A team plays shorthanded when one or more of its players is charged with a penalty. However, no team is forced to play more than two players below full strength (five players – excluding the goalie) at any time. When a third penalty is assessed to the same team, it is suspended until the first penalty expires. When a penalty is called on a goalie, a teammate serves his time in the penalty box. Minor penalty - (Two minutes) Called for tripping, hooking, spearing, slashing, charging, roughing, holding, elbowing or boarding. Major penalty - (Five minutes) Called for fighting or when minor penalties are committed with deliberate attempt to injure. Major penalties for slashing, spearing, high-sticking, elbowing, butt-ending and cross-checking carry automatic game misconducts. Misconduct - (10 minutes) Called for various forms of unsportsmanlike behavior or when a player incurs a second major penalty in a game. This is a penalty against an individual and not a team, so a substitute is permitted. Penalty shot - A free shot, unopposed except for the goalie, given to a player who is illegally impeded from behind when he has possession of the puck with no opponent between him and the goal except the goalie. The team which commits the offense is not penalized beyond the penalty shot, whether it succeeds or not. Delayed penalty - The referee will hold his arm up, but will not blow his whistle until the penalized team regains possession of the puck.

INFRACTIONS Boarding - Checking or pushing an opponent violently into the boards while the player is facing the boards. Charging - Taking more than three skating strides prior to checking an opponent. Cross-Checking - Hitting an opponent with both hands on the stick and no part of the stick on the ice. Elbowing - Using an elbow in any way to foul an opponent. Tripping - Using a stick, knee, foot, arm, hand, or elbow to cause an opponet to trip or fall. High Sticking - Striking your opponent while carrying the stick above shoulder level. Holding - Grabbing an opponent's body, equipment or clothing with the hands or stick. Hooking - "Hooking" a stick around an opponent to try to block his progress. Interference - Illegal body contact with an opponent who is not in possession of the puck, or knocking an opponent's fallen stick out of his reach. Slashing - Hitting an opposing player with the stick or swinging the stick at an opposing player. Spearing - Stabbing an opponent with the point of the stick blade while the stick is being carried in one or both hands. Hand Pass - Called when a player uses his hand to direct the puck to another player from the same team in the offensive or neutral zone. Hand passes are allowed in the defensive zone.


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HOCKEY LINGO Back Check - To hinder an opponent heading toward and into the defending zone. Blue Lines - The pair of one-foot wide blue lines which extend across the ice at a distance of 60 feet from each goal. These lines break up the ice into attacking, neutral and defending zones. Body Check - Use of the body on an opponent. It is legal when the opponent has possession of the puck or was the last player to have touched it. Butt-ending - To hit an opponent with the end of the stick farthest from the blade. It is illegal and calls for a penalty. Goal Crease - Area directly in front of the goaltender. It is four feet wide and eight feet long and marked off by red lines. Offensive players who do not have possession of the puck may not enter. Deke - To fake an opponent out of position. Face Off - The dropping of the puck between one player from each team to begin or resume play. Forecheck - To pressure the opponent in it’s end of the rink, preventing an offensive rush. Freezing the Puck - To hold the puck against the boards with either the skate or stick to get a stoppage of play. Goal Line - The red line, which runs between the goal posts and extends in both directions to the side boards. Goal Mouth - The area just in front of the goal and crease lines. Hat Trick - The scoring of three or more goals by a player in one game. Icing - When a player shoots the puck from his side of the center red line past the opposition's goal line. Icing is an illegal way to advance the puck. Offsides - A team is ruled offsides when a player fully crosses the attacking blue line before the puck does. If the puck leaves the attack zone during an offensive play, then each player on the offensive team must leave (clear) the attack zone, before the puck can be re-entered on the attack. One-timer - Hitting the puck directly upon receiving a pass. The offensive player takes his backswing while the puck is on its way to him and tries to time his swing with the arrival of the puck. Penalty Box - The area opposite the team benches, where penalized players serve time. Power Play - A power play occurs when a team has a one-man or two-man advantage because of an opponent’s penalties. Pulling the Goalie - Replacing the goalie with an extra skater in a high-risk attempt to tie the game. This primarily occurs when a team trails, usually by one goal, late in the game. Save - A shot blocked by the goaltender, which would have been a goal had it not been stopped. Screened Shot - The goaltender’s view is blocked by players between him and the shooter. Slap Shot - Hitting the puck with the blade of the stick after taking a full backswing. Slot - The area immediately in front of the goal crease. It is from this zone that most goals are scored and where the most furious activity takes place. Splitting the Defense - The player with the puck attempts to squeeze between the opponent’s defensemen. Stick Handling - To control the puck along the ice with the stick. Top Shelf - Term used to describe when an offensive player shoots high in an attempt to beat the goalie by shooting the puck into the top portion of the net. Wraparound - A player skates around behind the opposing goal and attempts to wrap the puck around the goal post and under the goalie. Wrist Shot - Hitting the puck with the blade of the stick using a quick snap of the wrist rather than a full back swing.

FAQ’s Q: What is the puck made of? A: The puck is made of vulcanized rubber and is three inches in diameter and one inch thick, weighing about six ounces. It is frozen before entering play to make it bounce resistant.

Q: What about deflections? A: Deflections aren’t just luck. Players practice redirecting shots by standing at the side of the net and knocking a shot from the outside past the goalie into another area of the goal. Q: How thick is the ice? A: The ice is approximately 3/4" thick and is usually kept at 16 degrees Fahrenheit for the proper hardness. The thicker the sheet of ice becomes, the softer and slower it is. Q: What are the standard dimensions of the rink? A: The standard is 200’ by 85’, although some do vary. Q: Can the puck be kicked in for a goal? A: Not intentionally. However, if a puck is deflected off a skate or off a player’s body and no overt attempt is made to throw it or kick it in, a goal is allowed. Q: Why do goalies frequently come out of in front of their net? A: Usually when a goalie leaves the area immediately in front of the goal, it is to reduce the shooting area, cut down the angle of the shooter or for the offensive player to release his shot before he would like to. After coming out of the net, the goalie is usually backing up slowly in an attempt to get the shooter to commit himself first. Q: Who gets credited for an assist? A: The last player or players (no more than two) who touch the puck prior to the goal scorer are awarded assists. For example, if player A passes to player B who passes to player C who scores a goal, players A and B get assists. Q: Why doesn’t the referee stop fights? A: First, it is his job to watch what is going on and determine who should be penalized. Also, it is quite hazardous in close during a fight and because he is in sole control of the game, he has to protect himself from injury. Q: How are the markings - the red and blue lines, goal lines, crease and face-off circles - applied to the ice? A: The ice is built up to a half-inch thickness by spraying water over the concrete floor, which has the freezing pipes embedded into it. Then the markings are painted on, after which additional water is sprayed to coat the markings and build the ice to the prescribed thickness. Q: Are all sticks alike? A: Far from it. Just as baseball players have individually personalized bats, so, too, do hockey players have their own patterned sticks. Flexibility, the angle of the blade, weight, etc., vary from player to player.

HOCKEY LINGO On the fly - ‘On the fly’ is used to describe a line change that happens while play is going on. Many plays in hockey can go on for several minutes at a time without a stoppage in play and line changes are necessary to keep players fresh and energized. Most ‘on the fly’ changes come while teams are on the penalty kill, trying to keep fresh legs on the ice while down one or two skaters. Dangle -‘Dangle’ is a relatively new term to the hockey vernacular. It’s used to describe the action of a player with the puck, usually a forward, using fancy stickhandling and lateral movement to beat an opposing player to the goal. It can be used as a noun or verb. It’s also commonly referred to as deking. Example: “Simon Watson just pulled a beautiful dangle on that 2-on-1” or “Nick Sirota just dangled Joe Grimaldi out of his pads in the neutral zone” Butterfly/Hybrid/Stand-up goaltenders -The renaissance of the goaltending position happened in the early-1990s with the invention of the ‘butterfly’ position and is now used by nearly every goaltender in pro hockey. The butterfly position requires quick hands from the goaltender, as the style requires the goalie to kneel with their legs splayed out to the side when facing any shot. This allows the goaltender to take away the lower part of the net from the shooter and better control rebounds. In recent years, some goaltenders have adopted a ‘hybrid’ style, where the goaltender only uses the butterfly position when facing a low shot and remaining upright for ex-


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tended periods of time, using their upper body to stop high shots and control rebounds with their chest and arms. Neutral zone -The neutral zone represents the areas between the bluelines and center ice. Many coaches believe that this is where the game is won and lost. Most turnovers in the neutral zone, especially by defensemen, lead to scoring chances for the attacking team. The neutral zone has become a more critical area of the ice since the elimination of the offside or “two-line” pass rule last decade. The Trapezoid -One of the newer rules introduced to professional hockey is the addition of the trapezoid behind each net. This area is designated by two diagonal redlines, adjacent to the goal line. This area was added to increase the flow and speed of the game. Goaltenders are not allowed to touch the puck outside of this area. If they do, the result is a two-minute ‘delay of game’ penalty. Slot -The area in between the lower faceoff circles in front of the net is commonly referred to as the slot. This is where most offensive chances are generated. The center is usually parked in this area of the attacking zone, battling it out with defensemen, setting screens and redirecting shots. Point -This term refers to the area near the blueline in the attacking zone. While possessing the puck, the offense generally tries to work the puck back to the defensemen on the point, trying to generate rebounds from slap shots by defensemen. This area is crucial during special teams play, as some teams will put 2-3 players back by the blueline and try to thread shots through traffic in front of the net. 5-hole -The 5-hole is the area between a goalie’s legs. The term 5-hole comes from the five open areas on net that aren’t covered by a goaltender. Holes one and two are above the goalie’s shoulders and three and four are on the outside of the goaltender’s leg pads. This is the most difficult area to score on a goaltender, especially with the abundance of butterfly style goaltenders in today’s game. Cycle -The term ‘cycle’ refers to the sustained passing of the puck in the offensive zone. A good cycle happens when 4-5 players of the attacking team touch the puck in the offensive zone. The rhythm and timing of passes are important when establishing a cycle. Cycling the puck opens up offensive opportunities with the intention of disrupting the defense’s alignment. D-to-D -Whenever a defenseman passes the puck to another defenseman along the offensive blueline, this is called a D-to-D pass. It’s most commonly seen on the power play, used to draw forwards to the blueline and open up a forward down low for a scoring chance. A D-to-D pass is also used as an outlet pass if the defenseman is being pressured by an opposing player. It’s also used for one-timed shots and disrupting the defending forwards’ placement. Wheel -During a breakout, you’ll commonly hear players telling each other “WHEEL! WHEEL!” This alerts the forward that he is being covered by an attacking player and should carry the puck behind the net and continue the breakout into the neutral zone or look for an outlet pass. Breakout -The key to a good offense is a good breakout. The breakout starts in the defensive zone, with forwards and defensemen moving in set patterns in an attempt to move the puck into the neutral zone without turning the puck over to the other team. Successful breakouts can spring odd-man rushes or even breakaways if the attacking team is aggressively forechecking. Backcheck/Forecheck -Backchecking is a hustle play. It happens when a forward is trailing a play and skates back into the defensive zone to support the defenders when the opposing team is moving into the attacking zone. A good backcheck can disrupt scoring chances by opposing teams and create odd-man rushes going the other way. Forechecking, similar to a full court press in basketball, is when one or more forwards aggressively pressure the opposing team in their defensive zone. Often seen on plays where the puck is loose in the corner, a forecheck can spring offensive opportunities and can lead to goals.

Chirping -Another relatively new term to hockey, chirping is hockey’s version of “trash talk”. Chirping is as much a part of the game as the puck itself and can get pretty nasty at times, especially between two teams who see each other often. Chirping plays a huge role in the mental aspect of hockey, as players will say near anything to get under the skin of an opposing player and give a mental edge to their team. Dump and chase - This term refers to an offensive strategy of trying to catch a team while they are unorganized in their defensive zone. A player will shoot the puck into the offensive zone and his teammates will race to the puck, trying to dig it out from behind the net to generate a scoring chance for their team. Generally considered a passive style of play, a good dumpand-chase can spring a trailing forward in the slot for a scoring chance. Blind pass - A blind pass is hockey’s version of the ‘no-look’ pass, where a player uses his ‘sixth sense’ on the ice to surprise a defender and attempt a pass to an open teammate without looking at said teammate. It takes a special kind of player to properly execute a blind pass, as these risky plays can often result in a turnover. Odd-man rush - An odd-man rush refers to when the attacking team outnumbers the defending team while moving into the offensive zone and can lead to one of the most exciting plays in hockey. The most commonly seen odd-man rushes are two-on-ones and three-on-twos. A good pass or a well placed shot can lead to a goal, but an ill-advised pass or misplaced shot can lead to an odd-man rush the other way for the other team. Screen -A screen refers to a player, attacking or defending, purposely or inadvertently placing themselves in front of the goaltender in front of the net. The purpose of the screen is to disrupt the goaltender’s view of the puck and redirect the puck into the net. It’s common to see this on the power play or during sustained puck possession in the offensive zone. A well placed screen can cause a goaltender fits and often lead to a goal. Saucer pass -A saucer pass is one of the most understated plays in hockey. A player making a saucer pass lifts the puck in the air softly to the receiving player. The motion of the puck makes it appear as if it were a flying saucer, floating over the ice. A well placed saucer pass will give any defenseman nightmares and makes for a pretty picture. Short side -The short side refers to the area of between the goaltender and the post closest to the position of the puck in the attacking zone. When you hear about a goalie getting beat ‘short side’, it usually means that the goaltender wasn’t covering the gap between his body and the post on a shot that comes from the half boards or outside of the faceoff circles. Pinching - A pinching defenseman is a defender jumping up from their “athome” position near the blueline in an attempt to keep the puck in the offensive zone or stop an opposing player from entering either the neutral or attacking zone. This is a very risky play and can lead to an odd-man rush or a breakaway for the opposition. A successful pinch can catch the other team back on their heels and keep the pressure in the offensive zone. Grinder - A grinder is a player who may not lead the team in goals or assists, but will go into the corners for loose pucks, set screens, forecheck, backcheck, block shots, throw a hit or drop the gloves from time to time. A grinder’s role is to give energy to the rest of the team by hustling and doing the “little things”. These players are usually on the third or fourth lines and contribute on the penalty kill. Top six - This term refers to the top two forward lines on a team, composed of six skaters. These are the players that are relied upon to generate the most offense for a hockey team. These players have to be the most consistent offensive contributors on the team. A solid mix of power forwards and skill players are needed to compete at any level of professional hockey and a good top six is a necessary component for any championship team.


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