verbal commitment from defenseman Sean Flanagan of the Salmon Arm SilverBacks of the British Columbia Hockey League. He'll join the Mavericks in 2013.
Flanagan, 20, was a teammate of current MSU freshmen Bryce Gervais and Brett Knowles last year (until they were traded) and is currently a teammate of another future Mav, forward Ryan Schwalbe.
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Flanagan spent two seasons in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League before being acquired by Salmon Arm before last season began. He finished 2011-12 with eight goals and 23 assists and was named the team's best defenseman at season's end.
The Mavericks have five players committed for 2013 or beyond, according to Chris Heisenberg's recruiting website. The group includes Flanagan, Schwalbe (2013 or 2014), center Mike Huntebrinker and defensemen Eli May (2014) and Hunter Warner (2014 or 15).