Quad City Mallards

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For the original Mallards franchise, see Quad City Mallards (1995–2007).
Quad City Mallards
2013-14 Quad City Mallards season
Quad City Mallards logo.svg
City Moline, Illinois
League Central Hockey League
Founded 2009
Home arena i wireless Center
Colors Black, green, orange, white
                   
Head coach Terry Ruskowski[1]
Captain Darren McMillan
Affiliates Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Iowa Wild (AHL)
Franchise history
2009–present Quad 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 Central Hockey League, competing in the CHL's Berry Conference.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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 reformed in 1997-98 as the United Hockey League (UHL). 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 8500 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 hockey team in the minor or major leagues to record 5 straight seasons of 50 or more wins; the Mallards went on to achieve 6 straight 50+ win seasons. This feat landed the team a place in the hockey Hall of Fame. 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 Minnesota Wild (NHL), its AHL affiliate Iowa Wild, and the Quad City Mallards.

Current roster[edit]

Updated September 23, 2012[5]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
Canada Bailer, ChrisChris Bailer D R 25 2012 Wetaskiwin, Alberta Mallards
Canada Boyer, JeremyJeremy Boyer C R 23 2011 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Mallards
Canada DeGagne, DustinDustin DeGagne D R 28 2012 Winnipeg, Manitoba Mallards
United States Duffy, MattMatt Duffy D R 28 2012 Windham, Maine Mallards
United States Hazelwood, JeffJeff Hazelwood LW R 29 2012 Dublin, California Mallards
Canada Hellyer, MikeMike Hellyer RW L 28 2012 Brandon, Manitoba Mallards
Canada Jory, KurtKurt Jory G L 27 2012 Brandon, Manitoba Mallards
United States Kostadine, JasonJason Kostadine RW R 30 2010 St. Louis, Missouri Mallards
United States Lavender, JaredJared Lavender D R 30 2011 Cleveland Heights, Ohio Mallards
Canada Levesque, PatrickPatrick Levesque LW R 30 2012 Trois-Rivieres, Quebec Mallards
Canada McMillan, DarrenDarren McMillan D R 34 2010 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Mallards
United States Murray, JohnJohn Murray G L 27 2012 Lancaster, Pennsylvania Mallards
United States Palmer, JoeJoe Palmer G L 26 2012 Utica, New York Mallards
United States Pisano, AnthonyAnthony Pisano D L 25 2012 Elkton, Maryland Mallards
Canada Smyth, MattMatt Smyth D L 29 2012 Wolseley, Ontario Mallards
Canada Stinziani, MichaelMichael Stinziani RW L 25 2012 Lorraine, Quebec Mallards

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