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Quad City Mallards
QuadCityMallardsIHL
City: Moline, Illinois
League: ECHL
Conference: Western
Division: Midwest
Founded: 2009 (In the IHL)
Home Arena: i wireless Center
Colors: Black, green, orange, white
                   
Head Coach: Terry Ruskowski[1]
Captain: Darren McMillan
Affiliates: Vegas Golden Knights (NHL)
Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Franchise history
2009–2018: Quad City Mallards

The Quad City Mallards were 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 2010–11 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]

The Mallards ceased operations at the conclusion of the 2017–18 ECHL season.[6]


HistoryEdit

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] In 2017, the Mallards signed a multi-year affiliation with the NHL expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights, and their AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, for the 2017–18 season ending their four-year affiliation with the Wild.[7]

However, the Mallards would only play one season with the Golden Knights' affiliation as the team would cease operations. Owner Jordan Melville stated he was folding the team due to losing the passion for operating the team and losing about US$4 million since he became the sole owner in 2013.[6]


Season-by-season recordsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
League Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA Standing Year 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
IHL 2009–10 76 29 35 4 8 70 207 263 6th of 7, IHL 2010 Did not qualify
CHL 2010–11 66 34 31 1 69 186 182 7th of 9, Turner 2011 L, 1–3, COL
2011–12 66 37 27 2 76 230 201 5th of 7, Turner 2012 Did not qualify
2012–13 66 34 26 6 74 219 201 6th of 10, CHL 2013 L, 1–4, FTW
2013–14 66 33 23 10 76 219 198 5th of 10, CHL 2014 W, 4–3, RC L, 2–4, ALN
ECHL 2014–15 72 37 28 4 3 81 205 186 3rd of 6, Central 2015 L, 3–4, RC
2015–16 72 37 29 4 2 80 203 203 3rd of 5, Midwest 2016 L, 0–4, MO
2016–17 72 40 28 2 2 84 232 220 3rd of 7, Central 2017 L, 1–4, FW
2017–18 72 25 42 4 1 55 196 295 7th of 7, Central 2018 Did not qualify

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