Kansas City Mavericks ink former Bemidji State defender Tommy Muck

Kansas City Mavericks ink former Bemidji State defender Tommy Muck
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Kansas City Mavericks ink former Bemidji State defender Tommy Muck

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames, have announced the signing of former Bemidji State University defenseman Tommy Muck to a standard player contract for the 2020-21 season.

The Eagan, Minn. native known for his defensive prowess had a breakout season offensively and was a spark for the BSU power-play unit as a senior. Muck established career-highs for points (19), goals (4) and assists (22) in 2019-20 playing in all of BSU’s 37 games. The Beavers’ co-captain often logged hard minutes versus the oppositions’ top lines and in key situations. Muck led the Beavers with 48 blocked shots, while owning a team-best +15 plus/minus rating. A vital component on special teams, he ranked third on the team with 13 points on the man advantage, while playing a significant role of a historically good penalty-kill unit. The senior finished fourth among WCHA defensemen with 19 points (4g-15a) in 28 conference games and his 15 helpers ranked fourth for a league blueliner. At the conclusion of the season, he was selected Second Team All-WCHA.

Muck was a three-time recipient of the WCHA’s prestigious Scholar-Athlete Award, was a three-time WCHA All-Academic Team member and was named to the AHCA All-America Scholars list prior to the 2017-18 season. In addition, he won the league’s Defensive Player of the Week award three times as a senior and earned the league’s Defenseman of the Month award in January after posting nine points in nine games and leading BSU to a 7-1-1 record.

In 150 collegiate games as a Beaver, Muck piled up 34 points (4g-30a).

Muck will join former BSU volunteer assistant coach, Kohl Schultz (2014-15), who is as an assistant with the Maverick’s organization and completed the 2019-20 campaign serving as the organization’s interim head coach.

The Beavers, 22-10-5 overall, finished the 2019-20 regular season second in the WCHA standings going 20-5-3-2 versus WCHA competition. BSU clinched the No. 2 seed in the league’s postseason tournament and defeated Lake Superior State University in a best-of-three quarterfinal playoff series before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).