By Fred Liggett
This week, we check out a veteran who is making some noise on the ice and has recently helped the Mavericks attain a .500 record. Defenseman Tyler Elbrecht is a fourth-year hockey pro who has spent the entire time playing in the ECHL. Prior to coming to Missouri, “Elby,” as his new teammates call him, enjoyed stops in Toledo and Greenville. Tyler calls Edwardsville, Illinois home. Being a Maverick is the closest he has been to home in his career. Elby is quick to admit his family gets to see him play in person now that he is here in Missouri.
Tyler's favorite pro sports team is the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team because it’s the closest to his home and they win every year. Winning two national championships in Juniors is his favorite hockey memory. Tyler says it's "obviously, a good feeling," and his teammates are friends for life. The championships occurred in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. Tyler first put on a pair of skates at the age of seven or eight, much later than everyone else he plays with and that is thanks to being from Southern Illinois instead of Canada.
The 28-year-old defenseman feels If not in pro hockey today he would probably be running his own business. Tyler Likes working with kids, so he imagines his work would be something along those lines. Tyler enjoys watching movies and playing some cards while on the road. Tyler admits the guys are playing the new game called "Ka tan" on the bus this season. Yes, he enjoys cooking and when he does his choice is primarily ribs with corn on the cob to go along with it. Following his playing days, Tyler wants to be remembered as a player who gave it his all every day. He may be new to the metro area but he feels Kansas City has been great so far. He has been downtown and to the Country Club Plaza.
Check out this Illinois native and the rest of the Mavericks when they hit home ice on Saturday, December 10 to host the Tulsa Oilers.
The fun begins when the puck drops at 7:05 p.m. inside the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.