Hockey Ops

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Richard Matvichuk   email
Head Coach & Director of Hockey Operations

Richard Matvichuk was introduced as the Missouri Mavericks second coach in franchise history on June 12, 2014. Matvichuk previously worked with the Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons as Defensive Coach and Assistant General Manager. Matvichuk had a successful 14-year career in the National Hockey League, drafted 8th overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars, he went on to play 11 seasons for the Dallas Stars, winning the Stanley Cup in 1999 with his Dallas Stars teammates, before moving on to play for the New Jersey Devils in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

Matvichuk, originally from Edmonton, Alberta, has moved to the Kansas City area with his wife Tracy and their three sons, Cole, Dalton, and Dillon.

watson10-11Simon Watson  email
Director of Player Personnel

Watson retired from playing hockey and was named the Mavericks' Assistant Director of Hockey Operations in August of 2011. The Waterloo, Ontario, native spent two seasons behind the Mavericks' bench before moving into his current position of Director of Player Personnel in May of 2013.  He 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 2010-11 season for his contributions to the community off the ice.

Watson's role will be to coordinate player travel and housing, as well as assist in the day-to-day operations of the team.  He is also a coach for the KC Mavs Elite and will continue his work with youth hockey in Kansas City. Watson attended St. Lawrence University where he earned a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and a Master's Degree  in Educational Leadership.

Simon and his wife, Samantha, reside in Grain Valley with their dog, Millie.

dvorak10-11Andrew Dvorak  email
Equipment Manager

Andrew Dvorak returns for his fourth season with the Mavericks. His duties as Equipment manager include ordering equipment, maintaining equipment, sharpening skates, and keeping the locker room in order. Before joining the Mavericks, he spent the previous six years in Richmond, Virginia. He worked for the Riverdogs in the UHL for three years and Richmond Renegades of the SPHL for three years. In his off time, he enjoys playing golf and spending time at home with his family and friends. Andrew  is originally from Orlando, Florida. He and his wife Shannon currently reside in Independence with their dogs.


Bill Murray   email
Athletic Trainer

Bill Murray joins the Mavericks in his first season as Head Trainer.  A native to Chicago, Illinois where he spent seven seasons as Ball Boy for the NBA's Chicago Bulls, Murray has over 25 seasons of professional sports experience.  Murray spent more than ten years with the National Hockey League's New Jersey Devils (1996-2006) including their 2000 and 2003 Stanley Cup Championship seasons.  During Murrays' tenure as Head Trainer, the longest in franchise history, the Devils were consistantly among the NHL leaders in Fewest Man-Games-Lost totals while collecting more regular and post-season victories and making more playoff appearances than any other NHL club.  Murray joins the Mavericks from the Kontinental Hockey League and the KHL Medical Center in Moscow where he served as Chief Specialist. Murray began studying Sports Medicine while at Notre Dame University Preperatory graduating in 1984, with additional training and specialized courses in Sports Medicine at various colleges and universities.  He is a member of the National Atheletic Trainers Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association, the National Strength & Conditioning Association, and the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Socitey. 

Clint Elberts   email
Goaltender Coach

Clint Elberts enters his first season as goalie coach for the Mavericks.  Clint grew up playing hockey in Minnesota and Oregon before moving to Kansas City to work with the Russell Stover AAA Hockey Program, now Mav’s Elite, 7 years ago. He has worked as a goalie coach in the USHL, first with the Des Moines Buccaneers, and most recently for the past 2 seasons, with the Omaha Lancers.  He has been a professional goalie coach for over 10 years and currently owns The Hockey Center KC located in Independence, Mo.  Clint and his wife, Christina, reside in Kansas City, Mo.


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