Mar. 23, 2019

By Fred Liggett

The result of an early season trade with fellow ECHL member Rapid City Rush for the Kansas City Mavericks is a new defensemen named Brayden Sherbanin. The rookie who recently turned 26 years old is happy to join the Mavericks and their efforts for a playoff berth.

Sherbs as his new team mates call him did spend 17 games with the Rush at the end of the 2017-18 season. Now Brayden will finish the 2018-19 season with the Mavericks after joining the team on Feb. 26. At the start of this week the Mavericks are in fourth place, the Rush is in fifth in the ECHL Mountain Division. Only the top four teams in each division make the ECHL Playoffs.

Sherbs favorite pro sports team is the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. He feels this way because his favorite color is blue. As a youngster Brayden’s favorite player was Mats Sundin a onetime Maple Leaf all-star. Sherbs hometown is Kelowna British Columbia where his mom, dad and a younger sister root him on from home.

The left hander’s favorite hockey memory so far was scoring his first pro goal while with Rapid City last season. Brayden first put on a pair of skates at age three. Sherbs favorite website to visit daily is YouTube. If not in pro hockey today Brayden feels he would be working in the finance field. While attending the University of Calgary he earned a finance degree.

Sherbs favorite foods are pizza and sushi. Brayden’s favorite sports movie is “Happy Gilmore.” Following his playing days Sherbs wishes to be remembered as a good skater. When Mavs fans see Brayden in person off the ice one can see his is missing a few teeth. This is a result of a high sticking incident while in junior hockey. At this time Sherbs has no plans to change his dental work until the end of his hockey career to ensure the new adult teeth stay in place.

Sherbs and the KC Mavericks are currently working through a season long eight-game road trip. Mavs players will see South Carolina, Georgia and Ohio before returning home the first week of April. The Mavericks visit the Atlanta Gladiators this weekend before venturing onto Ohio to play the Toledo Walleye on Wednesday night.

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