By Fred Liggett

A newcomer who has played in every game so far this 2018-19 season Defenseman Riley Sweeney is making his presence known to both his new teammates and the entire ECHL.

Sweens as his new teammates call him is now in his second season as a hockey pro. Sweeney spent last season with the Indy Fuel. KC Mavericks head coach John Scott-Dickson says he is “happy with trade for 28.” An off-season trade with the Fuel is what brought the talented Sweeney to Kansas City.

Sweens favorite pro sports team is MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays. This is due to him enjoying going to Blue Jays games during his off season. The right-handed Sweeney hails from Delta, British Columbia just 20 minutes away from the tourist town of Vancouver. Still at home rooting him on is his mom, grandma and an uncle who all watch games on ECHL.TV.

Sweens favorite hockey memory so far occurred in the 2012-13 season while playing for Michigan Tech. Sweeney’s team won the GLI (Great Lakes Invite) which was played at the historic Joe Louis Arena. Sweens first put on a pair of skates at age three, then played organized hockey for the first time at age five.

Sweeney’s favorite website to go to daily is TSN, home of hockey night in Canada. If not in pro hockey today Sweens feels he would be selling real estate back home in British Columbia. Sweeney’s favorite foods are chicken and pasta. His favorite sports movie is “Friday Night Lights.” Following his playing days he hopes to be remembered as a “good teammate, a hard working player.”

Join Sweens and the rest of his teammates when the Mavericks return to home ice on Friday, Dec. 21st to host division rival Tulsa Oilers. The fun begins inside the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena when the puck drops at 7:05 p.m.

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