Mavericks Add Goaltender and Forward to Pre-Season Roster
Goaltender Austin Lee and forward Jason Dixon sign with Missouri
Independence, Missouri - Missouri Mavericks' Head Coach Scott Hillman announced Wednesday the Central Hockey League (CHL) club has signed forward Jason Dixon and goaltender Austin Lee. The Mavericks are now at 14 players signed to their pre-season roster. The CHL season will begin on October 19 and the Mavericks home opener is slated for November 3 at Independence Events Center.
Dixon, 27 (2/21/85), is entering his third season in the CHL and fourth overall. He played 62 games with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees last season and set career-highs with 41 points and 13 goals. The Belle River, Ontario native won a championship in Germany in 2010-11 with ERC Sonthofen 1999 where he averaged more than a point per contest with 35 points (11-24=35) in 30 games played. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound forward started his career with the Laredo Bucks in 2008-09 where he finished with 40 points on 11 goals and 29 assists in 64 games played. In total, Dixon has 81 points (27-57=81) and 44 penalty minutes in 127 games played in the CHL. Prior to turning professional, he played five seasons of junior hockey including three seasons for the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires.
"Jason Dixon brings a good skill set and grittiness that we believe will make us a tougher team to play against next season," said coach Hillman. "He is a player that earns the respect from his teammates through his determination and tenacity every night."
Lee, 23 (9/15/88), will begin his rookie season with the Mavericks after playing college hockey for the Minnesota State University Mavericks. The Bloomington, Minnesota native is one of only a handful of players in the history of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) who have accrued four WCHA All-Academic and four WCHA Scholar Athlete awards. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound goaltender finished his collegiate career with a 16-32-3 record, .909 save percentage and 2.89 goals-against average (GAA). He was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week twice in his career. Prior to playing at Minnesota State, Lee was 24-7-5 with a 2.61 GAA and .925 save percentage in 38 games played with the North American Hockey League's (NAHL) Fargo-Moorhead Jets. He was also awarded the 2005-06 Frank Brimsek Award as the top high school senior goaltender in the state of Minnesota.
"Austin Lee is a young goaltender that we have studied closely and believe will make a successful transition into professional hockey" remarked Hillman. "He is a big goaltender who anticipates well and has exceptional lateral movement. We are excited to see him in Missouri."
"Scott has done a tremendous job of identifying and securing top young talent this off-season," said Mavericks' President and General Manager Brent Thiessen. "These two players represent another example of Scott's efforts."