Stony Mountain’s Brett Stovin, seen here in his Saskatoon Blades uniform, will be suiting up for the Missouri Mavericks for the rest of their ECHL season. Stovin recently completed his junior career and will take the summer to consider whether to play university hockey or test the pro market for opportunities. (missourimavericks.com)
Just days after Stony Mountain’s Brett Stovin finished his junior hockey career with the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Saskatoon Blades, he is now getting a taste of the pros.
The Blades revealed March 25 that Stovin has reached a verbal agreement to join the Missouri Mavericks of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) on a professional try-out basis for the remainder of the regular season.
As captain of the Blades in 2014-15, Stovin scored 29 goals and 21 assists for 50 points in 72 games. Over five seasons in Saskatoon, he amassed 68 goals and 58 assists for 126 points in 263 regular season games as well as having played in the 2013 Memorial Cup.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about (the Mavericks) and talking to guys who’ve played down in the (ECHL). A lot of good information from those guys, some tips on how to prepare myself,” Stovin told Blades manager of communications Blair Farthing in a video posted on the team website.
The Mavericks, based in Independence, MO, have a record of 23-33-4-3 this season and are in 12th place in the ECHL’s Western Conference. The team is coached by former Blade and 1999 Stanley Cup champion Richard Matvichuk and is an affiliate of the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL).
After this season, Stovin will decide whether to entertain other opportunities in professional hockey or to play Canadian university hockey next season. Stovin is currently enrolled in English and sociology classes at the University of Saskatchewan.