KC Mavericks' season canceled

ECHL announced the decision Saturday
Posted at 9:00 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 22:00:22-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The remainder of the Kansas City Mavericks’ season has been canceled.

The Mavericks are part of the ECHL, which announced on Saturday that its board of governors approved canceling the season.

“As each passing day raises additional concerns for the safety of those in the ECHL community and as we take precautionary measures in conjunction with our local authorities across the continent to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it has become apparent that this is the prudent decision,” ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin said in the statement. “Our game and our product are based on our fans and their ability to cheer on their favorite ECHL team and players at one of our many facilities around the continent. Without that social environment and game atmosphere, the ECHL simply isn’t the same.”

Brent Thiessen, president and general manager of the Kansas City Mavericks, said in a statement that the team supports the ECHL’s decision.

“We wish we could finish the season for our fans, players and partners, but the health and safety of those individuals in and around our community must be our top priority… While this is a painful outcome and an unfortunate end to the sason, we look forward to continuing the proud tradition of Mavericks hockey in 2020-21 as a member of the ECHL.”

The Kansas City Mavericks were ranked seventh in the Mountain Division, 13th in the Western Conference and 24th in the league.