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Central Hockey League Sets Expansion Plans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Kersten   
Thursday, 05 December 2013 09:35
League to Expand Membership for 2014-15

GLENDALE, AZ (December 4, 2013) – Central Hockey League Commissioner Steve Ryan announced today that the League will expand by a maximum of two teams for the 2014-15 season.  The CHL Board recently gathered in Las Vegas and after the meetings concluded, expressed their confidence and support to expand membership to 12 teams. 

“The Board is enthusiastic about the current momentum and future direction of the League and wishes to expand beyond its current geographical footprint,” said Ryan.  “We receive numerous expressions of interest for expansion, both formal and informal, and are now prepared to commence a formal bid process.”

“When we came together to purchase the League, we gained control of our future and the ability to grow the legacy of the CHL into the future,” said Brad Fain, Owner of the Arizona Sundogs.  “Under the guidance of the Commissioner, we believe this will be the best ‘AA’ minor league in North America.  Our efforts to build a sustainable and compelling business model will attract highly qualified and passionate owners in the best markets.”

This past off-season saw the CHL expand to St. Charles, Missouri (St. Louis area) and Brampton, Ontario (Toronto area).

Last June, team owners acquired the CHL in an asset purchase acquisition from Global Entertainment, a publicly traded company that had owned the League for the previous two decades. 

In October, the CHL appointed Steve Ryan as its Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer.  Ryan has an extensive management background in professional sports serving as President of NHL Enterprises from 1981-95.  Additionally, he was President of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins and Commissioner of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

To facilitate its expansion strategy, the League has retained the Sports Advisory Group (SAG), a division of W.B. Grimes, which is one of the leading sports acquisition firms in North America.  SAG will initiate interaction with potential expansion candidates and advise the League on its plan for growth.

Founded as a professional league in 1963 by the National Hockey League, the Central Hockey League delivers outstanding family entertainment and in-arena excitement and is comprised of 10 teams in eight U.S. states and one Canadian province.  Learn more about the CHL at www.centralhockeyleague.com.  

 
Roster set for UW-Whitewater's 2013-14 wrestling team PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Angileri   
Thursday, 05 December 2013 09:34

WHITEWATER, WI (12/04/2013)(readMedia)-- The following students were named to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater wrestling team for the 2013-14 season.

  • Maxx Hubbard, a freshman undeclared major from Sterling, Ill.

After finishing third in the national championships last year, the Warhawks have high expectations this season and intend to offer a strong challenge to each opposing team. The team holds preseason-training sessions with new and returning players to increase performance before the regular season begins.

"The team is going to get better as the year goes on," said Tim Fader, the team's head coach. "We have to keep our eyes on the prize, every team has its struggles but we'll power through them. We are going to continue to push expectations and raise the bar, it's what we're known for and it's what we pride ourselves on."

When the wrestlers are not under the spotlights, they give back to the community. They helped build the new Children's Center on campus and they volunteer for the Salvation Army in Janesville every Thanksgiving.

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MALLARDS GEAR UP FOR RIVALRY WEEKEND PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Kersten   
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 08:39
Presented by Pub 1848

$1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday Presented by 97X Returns

Donate to Toys for Tots and Save Saturday and Sunday

First Harris Pizza Puck and Pizza Game Sunday

$1 Kids Tickets Sunday with Purchase of Adult Seat

MOLINE, Ill. (December 3, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards return to action on home ice for Rivalry Weekend Presented by Pub 1848 this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Mallards will play three consecutive games against their newest rivals from north of the border, the Brampton Beast, on a promotion-packed weekend.

The Mallards and Beast face off at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 4:05 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for any of those 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.  Fans can also stop by Pub 1848 to find out how to get free tickets- including glass seats- for this weekend's games. Rivalry weekend concludes when Mallards players join fans for a postgame party at Pub 1848 immediately after Sunday's tilt. Conveniently located just blocks from the iWireless Center at 1601 River Drive, Pub 1848 is a favorite spot in historic downtown Moline for drinks, laughs and plenty of fun.

This Friday is also another $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X. $1 hot dogs and $1 beers are available at iWireless Center concession stands during each of the Mallards’ 11 Friday night home games this season. Friday’s first intermission entertainment, will, courtesy of 97X, follow the hot dog-themed spirit of the evening.

The Mallards have also partnered with Metro, which provides earlier service on the Route 59 between Augustana College and downtown Moline during Friday home games this season. The Route 59 will make one trip from campus to downtown Moline prior to the game (arriving at 5th Avenue and 15th Street at 6:30 p.m.) and will resume service from downtown to campus every 30 minutes from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.  Regular Metro fares are just $1 one-way or $2 round-trip. As part of Metro’s unlimited ride program, Augustana riders can use their Augustana ID as their fare. Visit www.gogreenmetro.com or www.facebook.com/53and59 for more information.

The Mallards will join in the spirit of the holiday season by accepting Toys for Tots donations at their games Saturday and Sunday. Fans will receive $3 off a ticket to either of those games for each new toy they donate at the iWireless Center.

The Mallards this weekend play their first Sunday home game of the season and, thus, give fans their first chance to take advantage of the Harris Pizza Puck and Pizza Package. With the Harris Pizza Puck and Pizza Package, fans can purchase four lower level tickets for just $55 or four upper level seats for only $45 and receive a certificate for a free large single topping pizza from Harris Pizza. The Puck and Pizza Package is available at the iWireless Center Box Office for both Wednesday and Sunday games.

Families will have a further chance to save on tickets to Sunday's game- tickets to that contest for children 12 and under will be available at the iWireless Center ticket office for just $1 with the purchase of a regularly priced adult ticket.

After Sunday's game fans will also have the chance to meet a pair of Mallards for autographs and photographs at each of two Governor's Pub & Grill locations. Nick Grasso and Thomas Frazee will stop by Governor's at 2180 53rd Street in Moline while Darren McMillan and Mike Monfredo will be at Governor's at 3470 Middle Road in Bettendorf.

About the Quad City Mallards
A proud affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, the Quad City Mallards are in the midst of their seventeenth season and their fourth in the Central Hockey League.  One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the 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 and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/quadcitymallards.

 

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MALLARDS SIGN NETMINDER NIEDERT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 16:59

MOLINE, Ill. (December 3, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards have signed goaltender Nick Niedert, the Mallards announced today.

Niedert, 31, started this season with the Danville Dashers of the Federal Hockey League after playing for five teams in four leagues last season- the Gwinnett Gladiators and Reading Royals of the ECHL, the Bloomington Blaze of the Central Hockey League, the August RiverHawks of the Southern Professional Hockey League and the Danbury Whalers of the FHL. This season with Danville Niedert went 1-6-0 in seven games with a 5.13 goals against average and a .864 save percentage.

Niedert is not a stranger to the Mallards. The 5' 8”, 185-pound native of Hudson, Iowa participated in the Mallards 2011 training camp.

Over the course of his nine-year career, Niedert has played for 21 teams in nine different leagues after competing for five teams over three seasons of junior hockey.

The Mallards return to action Friday night at 7:05 p.m on home ice against the Brampton Beast. Friday is another $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X. $1 hot dogs and $1 beers are available at iWireless Center concession stands during each of the Mallards’ 11 Friday night home games this season. Friday also kicks off Rivalry Weekend presented by Pub 1848. The Mallards will play three straight home games (the Flock will also meet the Brampton Saturday and Sunday) against the Beast, their newest Central Hockey League rival from north of the border.

Tickets for 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.

 
Frazee Named 50/50 Central CHL Rookie of the Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 16:58

MOLINE, Ill. (December 3, 2013) – Quad City Mallards forward Thomas Frazee has been named 50/50 Central Central Hockey League Rookie of the Month for November, the Mallards announced today in conjunction with the CHL.

Frazee scored five goals and collected a dozen assists for 17 points while posting a plus/minus rating of +13 in 11 games in November. Frazee finished November riding a five-game point-scoring streak (4-7-11) and capped off the month by setting a Mallard single game season high for assists (4) and matching a team season high for points (4) in a 9-3 drubbing of the Tulsa Oilers last Saturday. That contest was Frazee's fifth multiple-point game of November. He notched at least two points in each of the Mallards' three games last week and totaled nine points (three goals and six assists) over that stretch.

On the season, Frazee is tied for eighth in the league in plus/minus (+10). Among CHL rookies, he ranks second in assists (12), is tied for third in goals (17) and is tied for sixth in goals (5).

Frazee is the second Mallard in as many days to earn league-wide honors. Jeff Lee was named CHL Player of the Week yesterday.

Prior to joining the Mallards, the 23-year old Frazee scored seven goals and totaled 22 points in 16 games for Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario last season. The 6’ 3”, 210-pound North Vancouver native first arrived at Lakehead midway through the 2011-12 season, a campaign Frazee began with the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors. Frazee scored once and picked up three assists in 13 games as a Condor before making the move to the university ranks.

Frazee spent five-plus seasons in the major junior Western Hockey League, skating for the Portland Winter Hawks, Medicine Hat Tigers, Moose Jaw Warriors, Regina Pats and Kamloops Blazers between 2006 and 2011. Frazee’s final junior campaign was his most productive. He scored 31 goals and notched 72 points in 70 games while splitting the 2010-11 season between Regina and Kamloops. In all, Frazee recorded 72 goals and 188 points in 313 career WHL games.

The Mallards return to action Friday night at 7:05 p.m on home ice against the Brampton Beast.  Friday is another $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X. $1 hot dogs and $1 beers are available at iWireless Center concession stands during each of the Mallards’ 11 Friday night home games this season.  Friday also kicks off Rivalry Weekend presented by Pub 1848.  The Mallards will play three straight home games (the Flock will also meet the Brampton Saturday and Sunday) against the Beast, their newest Central Hockey League rival from north of the border.

Tickets for 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.

 
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