Ontario Hockey League grad John-Scott Dickson has hung up the blades and stepped behind the bench with the Missouri Mavericks of the ECHL. Dickson played his junior days with the Windsor Spitfires and has spent the past four years with the Mavs. Fellow OHL alumnus Wes Cunningham joins the Missouri blue line for 2015-16 after spending this past season with Rouen in France.
Dickson played five years in the OHL from 2000-01 to 2004-05, all with the Windsor Spitfires. JSD was picked by Windsor in the second round of the 2000 OHL Priority Selection, 31st overall. Over his Ontario Hockey League career, he scored 94 and assisted on 120 for 214 points over 306 regular season games. In 47 playoff games, John-Scott added 34 points.
Undrafted to the National Hockey League, Dickson saw his first pro action in 2005-06, appearing in 19 ECHL games with the Alaska Aces. Midseason, he jumped to the University of New Brunswick in the AUS.
John-Scott played with UNB from 2005-06 to 2009-10. In his final season, he was second on the team in scoring behind Barrie Colts grad Hunter Tremblay. Another former Spitfire, Ben Shutron, was also on the roster. Playing 27 games, Dickson tied for fourth in the AUS with 17 goals, placed eighth with 23 assists and finished third in the overall scoring race with 40 points. He was named an AUS First Team All-Star and named to the CIS All-Canadian Second Team.
At the end of the 2009-10 AUS season, Dickson joined the Rochester Americans of the AHL for nine regular season games. He then switched to the ECHL and the Idaho Steelheads for the Kelly Cup playoffs. The Steelheads reached the Western Conference finals before falling to the Stockton Thunder.
Since 2009-10, he has played in the AHL, ECHL and France’s Ligue Magnus. John-Scott has been with the Mavericks since 2011-12, including three years in the Central Hockey League. Dickson appeared in just 32 games over the 2014-15 season.
Dickson takes on the role of assistant coach with the club. Head coach of the Mavericks is Richard Matvichuk.
Wes Cunningham played five years in the OHL from 2003-04 to 2007-08 with the Owen Sound Attack, Belleville Bulls and Plymouth Whalers. The Attack took him in the second round of the 2003 OHL Priority Selection, 23rd overall. Over 293 regular season OHL games, the blue liner scored 15 and assisted on 108 for 123 points. Over 45 playoff games, Cunningham added 16 points.
Also undrafted to the NHL, Wes has played pro hockey since 2008-09 in the AHL, ECHL, Norway’s Get Ligaen and France’s Ligue Magnus. He spent 2014-15 in France with Rouen.
The Mavericks joined the CHL as an expansion team for the 2009-10 season. Over their five years in the Central Hockey League, Missouri reached the post season. However, in their first year in the ECHL, the Mavs failed to qualify.
Missouri is affiliated with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the American Hockey League and the NHL’s New York Islanders. The Mavericks play home games at the Independence Events Center in Independence, Missouri, a 5,800 seat venue that opened in 2009.