Quad City Mallards

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Quad City Mallards
2014-15 Quad City Mallards season
Quad City Mallards logo.svg
CityMoline, Illinois
LeagueECHL
ConferenceWestern
DivisionCentral
Founded2009
Home arenai wireless Center
ColorsBlack, green, orange, white
                   
Head coachTerry Ruskowski[1]
CaptainDarren McMillan
AffiliatesMinnesota Wild (NHL)
Iowa Wild (AHL)
Franchise history
2009–presentQuad City Mallards
 
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For the original Mallards franchise, see Quad City Mallards (1995–2007).
Quad City Mallards
2014-15 Quad City Mallards season
Quad City Mallards logo.svg
CityMoline, Illinois
LeagueECHL
ConferenceWestern
DivisionCentral
Founded2009
Home arenai wireless Center
ColorsBlack, green, orange, white
                   
Head coachTerry Ruskowski[1]
CaptainDarren McMillan
AffiliatesMinnesota Wild (NHL)
Iowa Wild (AHL)
Franchise history
2009–presentQuad City Mallards

The Quad City Mallards are a minor league professional ice hockey team based in the Quad Cities area of Illinois and Iowa. The Mallards are a member of the ECHL.[2][3] Named in honor of the Mallards team that played in the United Hockey League from 1995 to 2007, the current Mallards debuted in 2009 in the International Hockey League before joining the CHL for the 2010-2011 season after the CHL and IHL merged.[4] The Mallards play their home games at i wireless Center in Moline, Illinois.

On May 11, 2011 the Mallards originally ceased operations due to a lack of funding, but almost a month later, Club 9 Sports, a consortium between Chicago-based investment bank Prometheus Capital Partners, LLC, management and consulting firm Tobacco Road Capitalists and sports management and marketing firm ScheerSports, Inc. (headed by former National Basketball Association general manager Carl Scheer) bought the team from former owner Eric Karls and announced the team would return for the 2011–12 Central Hockey League season.[5]

History[edit]

The original Mallards franchise played in the Quad Cities from the 1995-96 season through the 2006-07 season. Their first two seasons of existence were played in the Colonial Hockey League, which was renamed the United Hockey League (UHL) in 1997. The Mallards were an overwhelming success in their first few years, with attendance figures that regularly topped 6,000 per game. Attendance peaked in the 1997-98 season at over 8,500 fans per game, and while it declined, average attendance remained over 6,000 fans per game through the 2001-2002 season. It continued to drop, though, until it reached a low of 3,120 fans per game in the Mallards' final UHL season in 2006-07.

The Mallards franchise was historic in several ways. The team won three league championships and became the first North American professional hockey team to record 5 straight seasons of 50 or more wins; the Mallards went on to achieve 6 straight 50+ win seasons. In 1996-97, the team's second year of existence, the Mallards won the Colonial Hockey League championship. The next year, they won the United Hockey League championship. After losing in the finals in 1998-99 and 1999-00, the Mallards won their third championship in the 2000-01 season.

On August 27, 2013 a new affiliation agreement was announced between the National Hockey League Minnesota Wild, its American Hockey League affiliate Iowa Wild, and the Mallards.

On October 7, 2014, soon before the 2014-15 Central Hockey League season was set to begin, it was announced that the Central Hockey League ceased operations and the Mallards, along with the Allen Americans, Brampton Beast, Missouri Mavericks, Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers and Wichita Thunder, were all approved the expansion membership application into the ECHL for the 2014-15 season.[2][3]

Current roster[edit]

Updated January 20, 2015.[6]

#NatPlayerPosS/GAgeAcquiredBirthplaceContract
19CanadaBaker, KevinKevin BakerRWR352014Kingston, OntarioMallards
3DenmarkChristensen, JannickJannick ChristensenDL222014Esjberg, DenmarkMallards
26FranceDieude-Fauvel, BenjaminBenjamin Dieude-FauvelDL282013Bordeaux, FranceMallards
21United StatesDuffy, MattMatt DuffyDR282012Windham, MaineMallards
16CanadaFox, JustinJustin FoxRWL272014Whitby, OntarioMallards
27United StatesGrasso, NickNick GrassoFR262013Smithtown, New YorkMallards
16CanadaHaney, EvanEvan HaneyCL242014Sainte-Marthe-du-Cap, QuebecMallards
10CanadaLee, JeffJeff LeeLWL262013Calgary, AlbertaMallards
6CanadaMcMillan, DarrenDarren McMillan (C)DR342010Sault Ste. Marie, OntarioMallards
35United StatesMilner, ParkerParker MilnerGL242014Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaMallards
4United StatesMonfredo, MikeMike MonfredoDR242012Shirley, New YorkMallards
1CanadaMosher, EvanEvan MosherGL242014St. John's, NewfoundlandMallards
17CanadaPerry, JoeJoe PerryRWR252014Nanaimo, British ColumbiaMallards
8FinlandPusa, AnttiAntti PusaRWL262014Käppäselkä, RussiaMallards
5CanadaRioux, NicolasNicolas RiouxDL282013Riviere-du-Loup, QuebecMallards
12CanadaRogic, JohnnyJohnny RogicCL252014Vancouver, British ColumbiaMallards
11CanadaEviston, PearcePearce EvistonRWR222014Vancouver, British ColumbiaMallards
25CanadaLeroux, PaxtonPaxton LerouxLWR212014Peterborough, OntarioMallards
28United StatesNelson, LoganLogan NelsonCR212014Rogers, MinnesotaMallards
CanadaFogal, BradBrad FogalGR282014Sharon, OntarioMallards
24CanadaFiddler, ToddTodd FiddlerLWR212014Meadow Lake, SaskatchewanMallards

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Official Web Site - Quad City Mallards: Coaches & Staff
  2. ^ a b "CHL Clubs Join ECHL for 2014-15 Season". Central Hockey League. October 7, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "ECHL Accepts Seven Members". ECHL. October 7, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ "It's 'Quack to the Future' as Professional Hockey Returns to the Quad Cities", from Central Hockey League press release
  5. ^ DeVrieze, Craig (June 11, 2011). "Chicago-based group saves Q-C Mallards". Quad-City Times. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ "The Official Web Site - Quad City Mallards: Roster". Quad City Mallards. Retrieved January 20, 2015. 

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