Kansas City Mavericks owner Lamar Hunt, Jr. and general manager Brent Thiessen announced on Thursday that the club will become the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Calgary Flames and AHL’s Stockton Heat beginning with the 2017-18 season.
Independence, MO (PRWEB) June 08, 2017
Kansas City Mavericks owner Lamar Hunt, Jr. and general manager Brent Thiessen announced on Thursday that the club will become the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Calgary Flames and A HL’s Stockton Heat beginning with the 2017-18 season.
“First, I want to thank the New York Islanders, and last year the St. Louis Blues, for allowing us to affiliate with them over the past couple of seasons,” said Hunt. “After having an opportunity to talk to several different NHL/AHL teams, we welcome the Calgary Flames and the Stockton Heat as our new affiliate for the 2017-18 season with a series of one-year contracts. We believe the Flames… Continue reading →
People often ask me what my greatest sport’s memory is and are surprised when I mention Wimbledon Tennis in the summer of 1971. I was just 14-years-old and my father took me over to England while on a business trip. The purpose of his trip was to try to unite professional tennis into a cohesive and sensible business for the sport and the players. I remember while in England a writer by the name of J.L. Manning wrote an article that had the byline, “Lamar Hunt ruins the future of tennis”.
A “Sports Illustrated” article from June 19, 1972 reminisced that, “Writers like J.L. Manning in the London Evening Standard would write, ‘Hunt is the all-time enemy of England.’ The whole English tennis Establishment and the whole English sporting press were saying, ‘We’ve got to hurt Hunt,’ and ‘We got to hurt the WCT.’ ” The background to… Continue reading →
The Missouri Mavericks announced that upon completion of the 2016-17 season their name will change to the Kansas City Mavericks. The team will continue to compete in the ECHL and play its home games at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
“We continue to work feverishly to grow hockey, including youth hockey, across the greater Kansas City region and believe it is very timely to have a team name that reflects just that. Our ticket sales reflect many fans on both sides of the state line and in outlying areas proximate to Kansas City,” said Mavericks owner Lamar Hunt Jr.
“We are very content and pleased with our franchise membership in the ECHL and are proud to call Silverstein Eye Centers Arena our home. Our desire is to unite all fans, no matter where they come from, in the greater Kansas City region. This name change is reflective of all of the… Continue reading →
Lamar Hunt Jr continues to expand his involvement in Kansas City sports. Hockey, a sport this is now only gaining its foot in American sports culture, is now ready to put its in Kansas City. Starting with his purchase of the Missouri Mavericks, Hunt Jr. continues to pave the way for youth hockey expansion with hopes of gaining 10,000 skaters. Youth Sports is a growing industry both in this nation and others and sports fans are continuing to contribute to its rising popularity.
Youth sports are on the rise in the Kansas City area, paving the way for future generations young and old to benefit from its effects on communities. Kansas City area youth will start to experience a safe and active sport that helps them stay fit, make friends
The development of a youth sports facility represents a major stride for children, to give them an opportunity to… Continue reading →
Fans of hockey in Kansas City have reason to start getting excited. Earlier this year, Lamar Hunt Jr bought the Missouri Mavericks, a team that just recently signed a direct affiliation agreement with the New York Islanders, and has huge plans to develop KC’s youth hockey culture.
“We need to get teams from St. Louis, Chicago and Omaha to come play here, as opposed to our teams having to export themselves and constantly be on the road,” he said. “I was talking to a parent who told me they drive 8-12 hours a weekend to go play youth hockey out of market.”
In a move in February, the Kansas City Youth Hockey Association (KCYHA) announced that they would consolidate all “Club” and “Travel” teams to operate under one name. In an official statement the KCYHA expressed that they “want to focus on travel becoming a single, unified… Continue reading →