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).