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ECHL Team Owned by Lamar Hunt Jr. Signs Two Defensemen

Lamar Hunt Jr.'s Missouri Mavericks signed two new defensemen last month ahead of their 2015 season opening. Patrick Cullity and Wes Cunningham both have experience playing in the ECHL.


Kansas City, MO -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/02/2015 -- Lamar Hunt Jr.'s ECHL team the Missouri Mavericks have hired defensemen Patrick Cullity and Wes Cunningham to play on the team for the 2015-16 season. The two men have previously played defense positions for teams in the ECHL and will be moving to Missouri this fall.

The Canadian native Wes Cunningham is a defenseman with an extensive experience playing for a number of teams. Cunningham has played hockey internationally, returning to begin playing for the Mavericks this season after playing overseas for France. He has also played for the American Hockey League with the Norfolk Admirals and the Mavericks affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Cunningham has been playing in the ECHL off and on for seven years.

Patrick (Pat) Cullity will be playing for the Mavericks after five seasons playing off and on in the American Hockey League and ECHL. Cullity began playing in the AHL after playing for the University of Vermont for four seasons. He has played more than 250 games in professional hockey since he started playing in 2009.

Both players have said they are looking forward to their first season with the Missouri Mavericks. The first home game will be held at the Independence Center on October 24, tickets are on sale now. For more information visit

About The Missouri Mavericks
The Missouri Mavericks are a professional ice hockey team based in Independence, Missouri and the proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Islanders (NHL) and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Mavs are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the ECHL—the Premier 'AA' Hockey League in North America, led by General Manager Brent Thiessen and Head Coach Richard Matvichuk. Founded in 2009, the Mavericks are entering into their seventh season in franchise history at Independence Events Center. Missouri competed for five seasons in the (now defunct) Central Hockey League (CHL) before formally joining the ECHL on Oct. 7, 2014 ahead of their 2014-15 campaign. Lamar Hunt Jr. was announced as the new President and Owner of the Missouri Mavericks on Feb. 6, 2015.

About Lamar Hunt Jr.
Lamar Hunt, Jr. founded and participates in the Loretto Companies group that includes the Kansas City based private charitable organization Loretto Foundation, LLC. One of the major goals of the foundation, besides making contributions to charities, is to educate the public about what the Christian faith has to say about business and our work in the world. Hunt is also the owner of the Independence, MO hockey team the Missouri Mavericks, LLC (member of the East Coast hockey League).