The Missouri Mavericks announced today that they have acquired defenseman Zach Tolkinen in a trade with the Manchester Monarchs in exchange for future considerations. Tolkinen has joined the club and is expected to be available when the Mavericks host Wichita this weekend.
Tolkinen, 27, returns to Missouri where he finished the 2015-16 season with seven points (2g, 5a), eight penalty minutes and a +4 rating in 30 games following a trade from Elmira on February 2, 2016. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound blueliner also contributed two points (1g, 1a) during the Mavericks’ 2016 Kelly Cup playoff run.
A Quinnipiac University alum, Tolkinen began the season with the Rapid City Rush and logged four points (2g, 2a) in 24 games. Rapid City sent Tolkinen to Manchester to complete the future considerations portion of a trade that sent Michael Boivin from the Monarchs to the Rush, but Tolkinen did not dress in a game for the Monarchs.
In his third season as a pro, Tolkinen has racked up 41 points (10g, 31a) and 101 penalty minutes in 170 ECHL games between Missouri, Elmira and Rapid City.
In a separate transaction, Sam Povorozniouk has been recalled from his loan to the Mavericks by the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves.