|Mallards Announce 2013-14 Promotional Schedule|
|News Releases - Sports & Recreation|
|Written by Brian Lavelle|
|Monday, 30 September 2013 15:09|
MOLINE, Ill. (September 25, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards today announced their 2013-14 promotional schedule, a slate headlined by the return of $1 Beer/$1 Dog Fridays presented by 97X and MetroLINK, a pair
Each of the Mallards’ 11 Friday night home games will again this season be $1 Beer/$1 Dog Fridays presented by 97X and MetroLINK. The return of this popular promotion provides fans with the chance to purchase $1 beer and $1 hot dogs during each of those Friday evening contests, starting with the Mallards’ November 1 match-up with the St. Charles Chill.
Winning Wednesdays presented by T.G.I. Friday’s will no doubt also prove exceedingly popular. If the Mallards win a Wednesday night home game, all fans attending that contest will receive a free ticket to the next Wednesday home game. Another Wednesday victory in succession would mean all in attendance again win free tickets for yet another Wednesday tilt. It would be possible, if the Mallards were to go 7-0 at home on Wednesdays, for fans who attended the first of the seven Wednesday contests- January 8 against the Brampton Beast- to receive free tickets for each of the following six.
Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase $2 hot dogs and beer during each of those Wednesday evening games. After each Wednesday game, fans are encouraged to join the Mallards for a post-game party at T.G.I. Friday’s adjacent to the iWireless Center.
The Mallards once again will team with Genesis Health System for a pair of game worn jersey auctions to benefit the Genesis Health Services Foundation. On Saturday, January 11, the Mallards will celebrate their affiliation with the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild by wearing special limited addition jerseys modeled on those worn by the Wild in the Mallards’ meeting with the Arizona Sundogs. Those one-of-a-kind jerseys will go up for bid in a live auction immediately following that game. A second game-worn jersey auction will follow on March 8 when the Mallards again host Arizona. Auction winners will not be the only fans leaving the iWireless Center with Mallards jerseys after those two games. The first 1,000 fans 12 and under to arrive on January 11 will receive free Mallards youth replica jerseys courtesy of the Scott County Family Y and Two Rivers YMCA. The first 1,000 children 12 and under through the gates on March 8 will also receive free youth replica jerseys.
Bobblehead Night, a traditional Mallard favorite, returns when the Mallards tussle with the Rapid City Rush on Saturday, February 15. The first 1,000 fans through the doors for that game will receive free Terry Ruskowski bobbleheads. Ruskowski, who is entering his second season as the Mallards’ coach, is not only one of the winningest bench bosses in Central Hockey League history but also skated in 999 career games while captaining four teams- including the Chicago Blackhawks- over a 15-year playing career in the NHL and World Hockey Association.
One duck dynasty will collide with another when, courtesy of Genesis Health System, Mountain Man- otherwise known as Tim Guraedy- of A&E’s hugely popular reality series Duck Dynasty, comes to the Quad Cities for the Mallards’ battle with the Beast on Saturday, March 1.
The Mallards will also host a series of promotions to benefit those in need. On Saturday, November 2, when the Mallards take on Brampton, the club will partner with Operation Christmas Child. Fans who bring new school supplies, children’s clothing, small toys and wrapped hard candy to that game will receive a discount on their tickets. The items donated will be distributed by Operation Christmas Child to children in need around the world.
The Mallards will recognize those who have served in the armed forces with Military Appreciation Night when the team plays its last home game before Veterans’ Day on Saturday, November 9 against the Denver Cutthroats. All current and former members of the military and their families will be able to purchase tickets to that game for just $5.
One of hockey’s unique traditions, the Teddy Bear Toss, will make its annual return to the iWireless Center on Saturday, November 30 when the Mallards do battle with the Tulsa Oilers. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped stuffed animals to that game and throw them on the ice immediately after the Mallards’ first goal. Those teddy bears will then be donated to children in need in the Quad Cities area just in time for the holidays.
The Mallards will again join in the spirit of the holiday season by accepting Toys for Tots donations at their games against Brampton on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8. Fans will receive $3 off a ticket to either of those games for each new toy they donate at the iWireless Center.
Two weeks later, the Mallards will team with Great Clips to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa. Great Clips stylists will provide haircuts for fans attending the Saturday, December 21 match-up between the Mallards and Chill throughout that game. All proceeds from the cost of those haircuts will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. Also on December 21, the Mallards will help fans prepare for the onset of winter by giving away Mallards knit caps to the first 1,000 patrons to enter the iWireless Center.
On Saturday, March 1, Cobham Mission Systems will present Blades For Grades when the Mallards square off with Brampton. Local elementary and middle school honor roll students will be rewarded for their achievements by receiving free tickets to that game courtesy of Cobham Mission Systems.
The Mallards will conclude the campaign on a high. The second to last home date of the regular season- Saturday, March 22- is John Deere Community Night. Courtesy of John Deere, fans will be able to purchase tickets to the Mallards’ clash with the Missouri Mavericks at a significant discount. On Sunday, March 30, the Mallards will close out the season- again against Missouri- by offering their thanks to the fans of the Quad Cities on Fan Appreciation Night. The March 30 game, like the Mallards’ other Sunday game- December 8 against Brampton- will also see all fans in attendance receive a voucher good for a free bag of popcorn.
Further promotions for the 2013-14 season will be announced in the weeks to come; the promotional schedule is subject to change.
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