The Missouri Mavericks announced that they came to terms with the St. Louis Blues on an agreement for the 2016-2017 season where the two teams can collaborate to boost hockey as a sport throughout Missouri.
The Mavericks are the AA affiliate of the New York Islanders and that agreement to develop their prospects stays in place.
“The New York Islanders remain our primary National Hockey League affiliate and the Missouri Mavericks owe a lot of last year’s success on the ice to this relationship,” Mavericks General Manager Brent Thiessen said in a release. “For that we are grateful. Our primary focus, as a development league and team, is to further the growth of the New York Islanders’ prospects assigned to us and work with them on a daily basis to achieve that goal.”
The St. Louis Blues could also send prospects to the Mavericks under the working agreement if they see fit, but the main focus will be on growing hockey in the Kansas City area, especially at the youth level.
The partnership with the Blues includes collaborating on events for the NHL exhibition game between the Blues and the Washington Capitals on Oct. 5 at the Sprint Center. Events could include an opportunity for area youth to get hockey lessons from a Blues player. St. Louis is also hosting this season’s NHL Winter Classic outdoor game, and the collaboration could result in special offerings or events for Mavericks fans.
Read more: Kansas City Business Journal