By Fred Liggett
The Kansas City Mavericks are celebrating the team’s Tenth anniversary season throughout the 2018-19 campaign. This weekend the team is hosting an alumni weekend by bringing back over ten ex-Mavericks players to enjoy a number of activities.
For one ex-Maverick the weekend will be even more meaningful as the #43 jersey is retired. The jersey once worn by Sebastien Thinel is the first one in team history to be retired. “Sebbie” as he was called by teammates and Mavs fans was profiled in a February 2014 Meet A Maverick Feature.
Below is the original feature on Thinel.
Meet A Maverick
By Fred Liggett
Mavericks hockey fans have learned to love the number 43 this season thanks to veteran left winger Sebastien Thinel. Mavericks fans have been cheering the efforts of Thinel for three years now but the 2013-14 season is the first for a successful promotion.
This new popular promotion is whenever Thinel scores in a home game everyone in attendance receives a coupon good for a 43 cent root beer float at local A&W restaurants. Thinel feels “It’s a great idea but it does put extra pressure on me”. Thinel hopes fans can go and enjoy it though he has yet to get one himself.
Sebbie as he is called by his teammates is in his 12th year as pro hockey player. Prior to coming to Missouri Thinel had seven seasons with the Odessa Jackalopes of the CHL and one year in France. The left handed scoring threat is now just two goals shy of 200 in his Central Hockey League career. Thinel hails from St. Jerome, Quebec and quickly admits his favorite team is the Montreal Canadians of the NHL.
Thinel’s favorite part of playing hockey is to know so many players and remain close to them throughout his 12 years in pro hockey. Thinel first put on a pair of skates at the age of three. His career goal is to win a championship. If not in pro hockey today Thinel would be a computer tech back home. On those long CHL road trips Thinel enjoys watching movies. Sebbie’s favorites are “Shawshank Redemption” and “Zoolander.” Thinel, when at home, loves to cook. After his career Thinel hopes to be remembered as a great guy to have around the team and their fans. Thinel’s favorite area of Kansas City is the plaza. Despite missing the holiday a lot now as a pro hockey player Thinel’s favorite holiday is Christmas.
Mavericks fans next chance for a 43 cent root beer float and to see Sebbie in action is on Saturday, February 1 when they host the Quad City Mallards. The fun starts when the puck drops at 7:05 p.m. inside the Independence Events Center.
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