INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI - The ECHL is pleased to announce that an agreement for Missouri Mavericks current ownership to sell the team to Loretto Sports Ventures, LLC and President Lamar Hunt Jr. has been approved by the ECHL Board Of Directors.
“Today is an exciting day for the Missouri Mavericks and our great fans,” said new Mavericks owner and Loretto Ventures, LLC President, Lamar Hunt Jr. “Since 2009, the Mavericks have been an exemplary hockey franchise. I have seen firsthand how the team and staff come together to create a competitive product on the ice, as well as an exhilarating game day experience at Independence Events Center. We are pleased to have the opportunity to build upon the foundation of success the team has established and can’t wait to get started.”
“Lamar’s sports acumen and dedication to the community will immediately impact the success of our team,” said Mavericks General Manager, Brent Thiessen. “It ensures our long-term future in Kansas City and we are excited to help him take the franchise to the next level.”
“We proudly welcome Lamar Hunt Jr. to the ECHL,” said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. “The Missouri Mavericks have been a welcome addition to our league and the new ownership group provides a strong local tie to what has been a great city for our sport.”
Under the new ownership, the Mavericks will seek to raise the profile of the team regionally, seek affiliation with an NHL franchise and expand existing youth hockey programs in the Kansas City area.
Lamar Hunt Jr. will be formally introduced as the team’s new owner at a 1pm press conference, today at Independence Events Center (19100 East Valley View Parkway, Indepencence MO 64055) and as new owner to Mavericks fans, tonight at 7:05 pm, prior to the Mavericks game vs. Rapid City Rush.