Mavericks re-sign pair of defensemen

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The Missouri Mavericks announced that they have re-signed defensemen Patch Alber and Chris Owens to standard player contracts for the 2015-16 season.

The Mavericks are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders and the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Alber was acquired by the Mavericks in a trade with the Elmira Jackals on Dec. 1, 2014. The 26-year-old went on to play 56 regular-season games for Missouri during the 2014-15 campaign, notching 26 points (1g-25a) with a +10 rating. Alber has recorded 50 points (7g-43a) in 140 career ECHL games with Elmira and Missouri. A native of Clifton Park, N.Y., Alber played four years of college hockey at Boston College, notching 29 points (4g-25a) in 113 career games.

Owens was acquired by Mavericks late in the 2014-15 season in a trade with the Ontario Reign. The 25-year-old joined the Mavs for 12 games and tallied seven points (2g-5a). A native of St. John’s Newfoundland, Owens 124 points (34-90a) in 134 career games at Acadia University from 2010-15.