|Mallards’ Rioux to AHL's Iowa Wild|
|News Releases - Sports & Recreation|
|Written by Brian Lavelle|
|Monday, 06 January 2014 13:49|
MOLINE, Ill. (January 6, 2014) – Quad City Mallards defenseman Nicholas Rioux has joined the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild on a professional tryout agreement, the Mallards announced today.
Rioux, 27, has scored two goals and totaled 12 points while posting a plus/minus rating of +11 in 28 games with the Mallards this season. The 6’ 1”, 205-pound Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec native Sunday night notched an assist and was a +2 as the Mallards secured their sixth win in seven games by defeating the host St. Charles Chill 5-0. Rioux returns to Des Moines after taking part in Iowa’s preseason training camp. He joins goaltenders Thomas Heemskerk and Ty Rimmer as the third Mallard to be called up to the AHL this season.
Rioux joined the Mallards after spending last year with the Central Hockey League’s Bloomington Blaze, for whom he scored seven goals and totaled 27 points while turning in a plus/minus rating of +3. The durable blue liner played in each of the Blaze’s 66 regular season games and has missed just a single game over his first three professional campaigns.
Tickets for Wednesday night’s game and all Mallards regular season home games can be purchased at the iWireless Center ticket office, Ticketmaster outlets, through ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m.until the start of the second period.
About the Quad City Mallards
United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007 and in the International Hockey League in 2009-10. The Mallards’ proud history has seen them capture the UHL’s Colonial Cup Championship three times (1997, 1998, 2001) and secure that league’s Tarry Cup four times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) for the best overall regular season record. In 2001, the Mallards made professional hockey history, recording their sixth consecutive season with 50 or more wins, a feat that has yet to be matched. The i wireless Center provides a unique environment for hockey and features one-of-a-kind seating areas such as the Nest for groups and functions and the exclusive Drake Club. For more information on the Quad City Mallards or for Mallards tickets go to www.myqcmallards.com. Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at twitter.com/myqcmallards
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