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RASCAL THE RIVER BANDIT DELIVERS VALENTINES PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 14 February 2014 11:32
WHO: Quad Cities River Bandits mascot Rascal the River Bandit.
WHAT: Rascal the River Bandit is delivering Valentines this week to workplaces, schools and residences. Included are a personalized card, two River Bandits tickets (or a Kids Club membership) and either a box of chocolates, package of candy or logo baseball and pennant as part of a special River Bandits package.
WHERE: Locations throughout the Quad Cities (see Friday schedule below).
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Approximate Delivery Times & Locations
10-10:30 a.m.
1221 N Myrtle St, Davenport, IA 52804 (Friendly House)
11-11:15 a.m.
3265 E. Ridge Drive, Bettendorf IA 52722 (Red Apple Child Care Center)
11:15-11:45 a.m.
5506 N Pine St, Davenport, IA 52806 (Truman Elementary School)
12-12:30 p.m.
707 E. Kimberly Davenport (Wells Fargo Bank)
1-1:30 p.m.
1122 W Central Park Ave, Davenport, IA 52804 (Trinity Lutheran Elementary)
2-2:30 p.m.
630 W. 4th st Milan IL (Reynolds Manufacturer Co.)
4-4:30 p.m.
1804 15th Ave Moline IL (Residential)
WHY: Rascal is trying to break free from his winter hibernation and bring warm thoughts on Valentine's Day.
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RIVER BANDITS WILL HOLD 2014 JOB FAIR FEB. 22 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 14 February 2014 08:55
Team seeks outgoing, fun-loving Quad Cities residents for game day staff, food and beverage positions
DAVENPORT, Iowa (FEB. 13, 2014) – With baseball players beginning to hit the fields for Spring Training, the defending Midwest League Champion Quad Cities River Bandits, Main Street Amusements and Professional Sports Catering, the food and beverage provider at Modern Woodmen Park, are preparing for the season by seeking outgoing, hard-working, fun-loving, friendly people to assist fans and be a part of the team that will help make another memorable season for guests at the ballpark.
The Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros and Professional Sports Catering will host a job fair on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Modern Woodmen Park to fill the River Bandits' game day staff and food and beverage positions. Interested individuals can fill out an application and be interviewed on the suite level during the job fair.
“For people who love to help others, enjoy working in a team environment and want to have a lot of fun on the job, there are great opportunities to be part of another exciting season at Modern Woodmen Park,” said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “We are proud of the hospitality we offer our guests, and we want to find hard-working, fun-loving people who share our vision of keeping Modern Woodmen Park the Best Minor League Ballpark and friendliest ballpark in America!”
Listed below are the positions that the River Bandits and Professional Sports Catering need filled:
Customer Service
  • Ushers
  • Retail Store Employees
  • Ticket Takers
  • Box Office Employees
  • In-Game Entertainer
  • Amusements and kids zone workers (includes work on non-game days)
Concessions
  • Portable Stand Managers
  • Warehouse Employees
  • Hawkers
  • Cash Managers
  • Concession Runners
  • Picnic Servers
  • Pizza Maker
  • Concession Cooks
  • Cashiers
  • Concession Managers
  • Inventory Managers
“With the job fair, the River Bandits will be looking for friendly and outgoing people in the Quad Cities who want to work in the exciting industries of Minor League Baseball and family entertainment,” said General Manager Andrew Chesser. “We invite anyone with a desire to be part of a fun-loving team and provide incredible guest service to apply for a position with us this season at Modern Woodmen Park!”
The River Bandits, Main Street Amusements and Professional Sports Catering are equal opportunity employers; women, minorities and U.S. veterans are encouraged to apply.
UP NEXT: Opening Day is April 3, so lock in your seats now to see the defending Midwest League Champions in 2014! To order any of the ticket plans - with new lower prices - call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000 or visit www.riverbandits.com to download the season ticket order form. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $40. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.
ABOUT THE BANDITS: Having just been named Ballpark Digest's winner of Best Ballpark Improvement in America under $1 million, the River Bandits ownership is making one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 112 feet over the playing field, is opening this spring, along with a carousel, a new ride called a "Drop and Twist," an expanded zip line, and many other new games and attractions. In 2013, the team unveiled a new 220-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, and a number of new bounce houses. The team's major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, just saw all six of its affiliates reach the playoffs - the first time in a decade any MLB team can claim such success. The River Bandits were one of three affiliates to reach the championship round and one of two to win their league championship.
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RUSKOWSKI BOBBLEHEAD GIVEAWAY SATURDAY PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 13:14
Mallards Meet Rapid City

 

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

 

Donate to Student Hunger Drive for Free Youth Tickets Friday

MOLINE, Ill. (February 12, 2014) – The First 1,000 fans through the doors for this Saturday night’s 7:05 p.m. game between the Quad City Mallards and Rapid City Rush at the iWireless Center will receive free Terry Ruskowski bobblehead dolls.

The bobbleheads in the image of Ruskwoski- the Mallards’ coach and general manager- will be given away at what will be the second of the Mallards’ two home games in as many nights against Rapid City this weekend.

The Mallards will open the weekend Friday evening at 7:05 p.m. with the return of $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.  First intermission entertainment will, courtesy of 97X, follow the hot dog-themed spirit of the evening.

The Mallards have 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.  

Friday will also see fans who donate three non-perishable food items to the Student Hunger Drive’s corporate challenge at the iWireless Center receive a voucher good for a free youth (12 and under) ticket to Friday night’s game.

The Student Hunger Drive helps feed area hungry while instilling a sense of volunteerism and community in area youth.  Community leaders partner with local food banks and area schools to host a 6 week challenge every year.  Currently, Student Hunger Drives are taking place in the Quad Cities, Charlotte, North Carolina and Northern Indiana.  Students are the power behind this mission creating fun and innovative ways to raise money, collect food and feed the hungry.

 

Saturday night’s Ruskowski bobblehead giveaway honors the third winningest coach in Central Hockey League history.  Now in his second season behind the Mallard bench, Ruskowski is not only a highly successful coach but was also a fine player.  Ruskowski skated in 999 career games for six teams including the Chicago Blackhawks and is the only man in hockey history to have captained four different clubs.

Tickets for this weekend’s games or any remaining Mallards regular season home game 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.

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 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 iWireless 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.

 
Stacy Clark named WIAC Player of the Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by UW Platteville Public Relations   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 11:05

MADISON, Wis.Junior Stacy Clark was named Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Women's Basketball Player of the Week, announced by the league office.

Clark averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds in the Pioneers’ two games last week. The Riverdale, Iowa native, shot 10-of-14 for 25 points in the Pioneers setback to UW-Oshkosh on Feb. 5. She also grabbed seven rebounds and recorded two steals and one assist. Clark recorded her fifth double-double of the season in the Pioneers 74-67 win over UW-La Crosse. She tallied 23 points and 15 rebounds against the Eagles, while adding one blocked shot.

Clark and Pioneers welcome UW-Stevens Point on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

 
Heemskerk Returns to Mallards, Niedert Waived PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 09:42
MOLINE, Ill. (February 10, 2014) – Goaltender Thomas Heemskerk has returned to the Quad City Mallards from the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Heat and the Mallards have waived goaltender Nick Niedert, the Mallards announced today.

Heemskerk, 23, last Monday signed a professional tryout agreement with Abbotsford.  That call-up was Heemskerk’s fourth to the AHL this season.  The third year netminder last month spent 12 days with the Worcester Sharks after joining the Iowa Wild for a pair of stints as a back-up earlier in the campaign.  Heemskerk has yet to see any AHL game action this season.

Heemskerk leads the Central Hockey League in goals against average (2.36) and save percentage (.923) and is tied for third in shutouts (2).  The 6’ 0”, 210-pound Chilliwack, British Columbia native has suffered just one regulation loss this season, going 10-1-4 in 15 games.  Heemskerk is unbeaten in regulation in his last six games, a stretch during which he has posted a 5-0-1 record, a 1.48 goals against average, a .947 save percentage and two shutouts.

Heemskerk played for Worcester in both 2011-12 and 2012-13.  Over two games last year with the San Jose Sharks’ top affiliate, Heemskerk turned aside 27 of the 29 shots he faced in 67 minutes, turning in a 1.79 goals against average and a .931 save percentage.  In four games with Worcester in 2011-12, he went 0-1-0 with a 2.14 goals against average and a .921 save percentage.

Heemskerk spent the bulk of his first two campaigns in the ECHL.  Last year he went 14-17-3 with a 3.10 goals against average and a .906 save percentage in 38 games with the San Francisco Bulls.  Heemskerk began his professional career in 2011-12 with the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder, for whom he posted a record of 13-12-0 along with a 3.27 goals against average and a .893 save percentage in 25 games.

Heemskerk turned pro after four years in the major junior Western Hockey League. In his final WHL season, he finished second in the league in minutes (3,841), third in saves (2041) and fifth in wins (36) while recording a 2.94 goals against average, a .908 save percentage and a pair of shutouts in 65 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors.

The 2010-11 season was the second straight campaign during which Heemskerk landed among the league leaders. In 2009-10, while tending goal for the Everett Silvertips, he topped the Western League in save percentage (.927), finished third in goals against average (2.34) and was tied for seventh in shutouts (4) while going 24-12-4 in 42 games. Heemskerk’s efforts helped the Silvertips earn a share of the United States Division title. Heemskerk joined Everett midway through the 2008-09 season after spending his first year and a half in the WHL with the Kootenay Ice.

Niedert last Friday signed with the Mallards from the Danville Dashers of the Federal Hockey League for the third time this season.  The 31-year old made his Mallard debut on January 17 in Wichita, making eight saves and giving up two goals after entering what proved to a 7-1 Mallard loss to the Thunder at the beginning of the third period.  Niedert has spent most of the season with the Dashers while also tending goal in one ECHL game for the Utah Grizzlies this year.  The.  The 5’ 8”, 185-pound native of Hudson, Iowa, has gone 3-10-1 with a 5.25 goals against average and a .869 save percentage in 15 games with Danville.

Niedert played for five teams in four leagues last season- the Gwinnett Gladiators and Reading Royals of the ECHL, the Bloomington Blaze of the CHL, the Augusta RiverHawks of the Southern Professional Hockey League and the Danbury Whalers of the FHL.  Over the course of his nine-year career, Niedert has played for 23 teams in nine different leagues after competing for five teams over three seasons of junior hockey.  He first wore the Mallards’ colors during the club’s 2011 training camp.

The Mallards next play at home Friday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Rapid City Rush.  Friday is another $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X.  $1 hot dogs and beers are available at iWireless Center concession stands during each of the Mallards’ 11 Friday night home games this season.

Tickets for Friday 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
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 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 iWireless 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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