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Mavericks bring back goaltender Josh Robinson

Josh Robinson.
Josh Robinson.

After a short stint in Norway, goaltender Josh Robinson is returning to the Missouri Mavericks.

Robinson was the ECHL Goalie of the Year last season after leading the league with a 1.88 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage. Robinson, 26, won 21 straight games (Nov. 4 to Feb. 14), the longest streak in ECHL history. Robinson signed with Stjernen in Norway’s professional league to begin the 2016-17 season and appeared in two games.

“I’m really looking forward to coming back to the Mavs,” Robinson said in a news release. “Going to Europe didn’t work out how I would have liked, but I am thrilled to be back in Kansas City and to get the season rolling. I hope to have another great season as a team here. Our goal is to start right where we left off last season and be the top team in the league.”

The Mavericks announced the move on Wednesday, when they also agreed to terms with rookie forward Fabrizio Ricci.

“Fabrizio is a young, hungry player who is very eager to get to Independence and compete. The work ethic he brings us is something we are really looking forward to,” Mavericks coach John-Scott Dickson said.

Ricci, who is 6 feet 2 and 190 pounds, is a 21-year-old rookie from Toronto who spent last season as an alternate captain with Baie-Comeau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He led the Drakkar with 43 points (19 goals, 24 assists) in 66 games.

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