The Missouri Mavericks clinched the 2015-16 Brabham Cup on Wednesday at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, claiming the franchise’s first regular-season point championship in the ECHL.
“Every guy in this locker room knows this is just a step,” said Missouri Mavericks coach Richard Matvichuk. “We started the season with the goal to reach the playoffs, then that became a goal to take the division, then the conference, and then the league. Now we’ve got our sights set on the next rung of the ladder.”
The Henry Brabham Cup is named in recognition of Henry Brabham, a founding member of the ECHL, who was the first owner of the Erie Panthers, and a former mayor and businessman who was a major force in professional hockey in Virginia for more than 15 years. Brabham worked tirelessly to establish the fledging league ahead of it’s inaugural season in 1988.
While this is the first ECHL regular-season points title for the Mavericks, who joined the Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League in North America ahead of their 2014 campaign, the team is no stranger to regular-season success. The Mavericks won the Bud Poile Governor’s Cup in 2014 during their last season as part of the now-defunct Central Hockey League (CHL).
As the ECHL regular-season point champions, the Missouri Mavericks have earned home-ice advantage throughout the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Mavericks own a 49-10-3-2 record and stand atop the ECHL with 103 points entering this weekend’s match-ups at the Allen Americans on Saturday (7:05pm) and Sunday (4:05pm).
The 2016 postseason will begin the week of April 11th, with the Kelly Cup Finals running through the second week of June. An official playoff schedule has yet to be released by the league.