By Fred Liggett

This past week has been a big week for Forward Joey Sides. Monday was Joey’s 33rd birthday and the Mavericks veteran is on a four-game scoring streak heading into a pair of road games at Allen, Texas.

Sidesy, as his teammates call him, is a veteran of the CHL and ECHL and continues to provide impressive results this season for the Mavericks as the team makes a playoff push. The left hander enjoys the month of March and the madness that goes along with it. Every year Sidesy likes to root for the Arizona Wildcats because of his roots in the state. Joey has a sister living there and he was born in Tucson, Arizona.

The month of February saw the Mavericks enjoy a season long nine game home stand. During this time Sidesy enjoyed time away from the ice visiting different Kansas City sites. One time that stood out for him was watching the Super Bowl at the Power & Light district. Another moment was visiting Chicken N Pickle in North Kansas City. Hockey players usually handle cold weather better than most people. This is true for Sidesy who is handing all the winter weather this season here in the KC area just fine. Joey hails from Sun Valley, Idaho and he uses a four wheel drive Bronco to get around – something he had fun doing back in his home state.

The Mavericks are playing well lately especially against teams above them in the Mountain division. Sidesy feels this is due to the Mavs believing in each other and sticking to their system. He adds the team likes to “Capitilize on the opponent.” The Stanley Cup made a stop at the Feb. 27 Mavericks game and for Joey the sight is a familiar one. Joey once saw the famed cup during a visit to his hometown in Idaho and then again while playing in the 2012 CHL All Star game.

Sidesy likes the thought of having the new Summit Ice now open in Lee’s Summit. Joey admits during the holiday season he spent time skating at the Crown Center Ice Terrace.

Check out Sidesy and the rest of the Mavericks when they host the Cincinnati Cyclones on Sunday, March 10. It’s the annual Racing Day where Mavs fans can see a number of race cars in the parking lot before the game. The fun begins inside the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena at 4:05 p.m.

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