Apr. 20, 2019

By Fred Liggett

This season the Kansas City Mavericks were blessed to have two players finish the regular season having played in all 72 ECHL regular season games. In addition to captain Rocco Carzo, defenseman Nate Widman also reached the goal of playing in every Mavericks game. Widman says “It’s neat both of us accomplished it,” “Means we are doing what it takes for your body and the team.”

Nate is enjoying his second season as a pro hockey player serving both with the Mavericks. The 25 year old feels having both Carzo and himself play in every game “Shows the type of guys we are, kind of salt of the earth.” “Go every single game.” The 2018-19 season has given Widman his first experience playing playoff hockey. Nate is enjoying it so far stating “playoff hockey is so much fun.” “Every game is tooth & nail.” Widman adds, “Nothing is guaranteed.”

The Mountain Division not only has Kansas City and Tulsa in the playoffs but also Idaho and Utah. Nate feels, “It’s a really tough division,” “Be excited to see one of them.”

The recently completed NCAA Frozen Four was something Widman kept his eyes on much like his team captain Rocco Carzo. Widman played for St. Cloud State in college and he is “pretty disappointed” in his team getting beat so early in the NCAA Hockey Tournament. Eventually Nate admits he cheered for Minnesota-Duluth the defending champions because his Mavericks roommate on the road, Willie Raskob, went there.

April 26th is the release date of the next “Avengers” movie in the series. The 25 year old Widman is a “Big fan of those movies,” feels they “May have made too many of them,” but will be “Excited to see the new one” when he gets the chance.

Check out Widman and the rest of the Mavericks when they host the Tulsa Oilers in Game five of their Mountain Division Semi-final round series. The game is scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 20 and the fun inside the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena begins when the puck drops at 7:05 p.m.

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