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AHL Call-Up for Mallards’ McKenzie PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 13:02
Second Mallard This Week to Sign P.T.O. with Iowa Wild

MOLINE, Ill. (January 8, 2014) – Quad City Mallards forward Jim McKenzie has joined the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild on a professional tryout agreement, the Mallards announced today.

McKenzie, 29, is tied for the Mallard team lead in goals (11) and points (24) and leads the club in power play goals (4) and penalty minutes (67).  The St. Paul, Minnesota, native serves as an alternate captain and has registered a plus/minus rating of +3 while playing in each of the Mallards’ first 28 games.  McKenzie was in the midst of a five-game point-scoring streak (2-4-6) at the time of his call-up.

McKenzie joins defenseman Nicholas Rioux as the second Mallard in three days to sign a P.T.O. with Iowa.  He is the fourth Mallard to be called up this season.  Goaltenders Thomas Heemskerk (Iowa) and Ty Rimmer (Oklahoma City) have also both spent time in the AHL.

McKenzie, who was originally selected by the Ottawa Senators in the fifth round of the 2004 National Hockey League Entry Draft with the one hundred forty-first overall choice, is no stranger to the AHL.  He spent part of each of his first four professional seasons in the league, skating in a total of 67 AHL games and registering four goals and five assists for the Binghampton Senators, Lake Erie Monsters, Worcester Sharks and Peoria Rivermen.  McKenzie last saw AHL action in 2010-11 with Worcester and Peoria.  He spent the 2008-09 season with Binghampton, collecting five points in 44 games.

The 6’ 2”, 200-pound McKenzie joined the Mallards after helping the Allen Americans to the CHL President’s Cup title last spring.  McKenzie arrived in Allen for the stretch run of the regular season after beginning the campaign with the ECHL’s Evansville IceMen.  He notched two goals and two assists in 15 regular season games with the Americans before breaking loose for six goals and 13 points in 15 playoff games.  He recorded a goal and five assists in 12 games with the IceMen before heading to the Lone Star State.  Last year’s stint was McKenzie’s second with Allen.  In 2011-12, he scored twenty goals and totaled 44 points while piling up 168 penalty minutes in 54 games as an American.  The IceMen were McKenzie’s fourth ECHL club.  He previously played for the Elmira Jackals, Johnstown Chiefs and Stockton Thunder.

McKenzie turned pro after three seasons at Michigan State, where he scored 34 goals and recorded 76 points in 112 games.  In 2006-07, McKenzie capped off his college career by scoring a dozen goals and producing 30 points in 35 games while helping propel the Spartans to the NCAA title.  McKenzie spent three seasons in the junior ranks with the Green Bay Gamblers and Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League before arriving in East Lansing.

The Mallards return to action on home ice tonight at 7:05 p.m. against the Brampton Beast.  That game is the Mallards’ first Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s.  If the Mallards win a Wednesday night home game all in attendance win free tickets for the next Wednesday game.  In addition, $2 beer and hot dogs will be available during Wednesday night tilts.  After each Wednesday night game, fans can join the Mallards for a postgame party at T.G.I. Friday's next to the iWireless Center.

Tickets for tonight’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.

 
MALLARDS' HEEMSKERK NAMED OAKLEY CENTRAL HOCKEY LEAGUE GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 11:10
MOLINE, Ill. (January 7, 2014) – Quad City Mallards goaltender Thomas Heemskerk has been named Oakley Central Hockey League Goaltender of the Week, the Mallards announced today in conjunction with the CHL.

Heemskerk, 23, last week turned aside 60 of the 62 shots he faced while securing a pair of road wins and recording his second shutout of the season.  The Chilliwack, British Columbia native last Monday made 31 saves to backstop the Mallards to a 3-2 win over the Brampton Beast.  Last Saturday, Heemskerk stopped 29 shots in a 5-0 blanking of the St. Charles Chill.  The shutout was Heemskerk’s second in his last four games, his second in his last two starts against St. Charles and the second of his career.

The 6’ 0”, 210-pound Heemskerk is currently riding a four game winning streak during which he has registered a 1.50 goals against average and a .947 save percentage along with two shutouts.

On the season, Heemskerk ranks second in the CHL in goals against average (2.50), is tied for second in shutouts (2), ranks fourth in save percentage (.919) and ranks seventh in wins (9).  He has suffered just a single regulation loss all season, going 9-1-3 over 14 games.  Heemskerk has also been called up to the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild twice this season. 

Heemskerk is the second Mallard goaltender to earn league wide honors in as many weeks.  Fellow netminder Ty Rimmer last week was named CHL Rookie of the Month for December.

Heemskerk joined the Mallards after going 14-17-3 with a 3.10 goals against average and a .906 save percentage in 38 games with the ECHL’s San Francisco Bulls last season. Heemskirk also played in a pair of games for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL last year.Heemskerk gave up just two goals while making 27 saves to post a 1.79 goals against average and a .931 save percentage during that AHL stint.

Heemskerk began his professional career in 2011-12 with the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder, for whom he turned in a record of 13-12-0 along with a 3.27 goals against average and a .893 save percentage in 25 games. He also saw AHL action for Worcester as a rookie, taking the ice in four games and registering a 2.14 goals against average and a .921 save percentage.

Heemskerk turned pro after four years in the major junior Western Hockey League. In his final WHL campaign, 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.

The Mallards return to action on home ice tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. against the Brampton Beast.  That game is the Mallards’ first Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s.  If the Mallards win a Wednesday night home game all in attendance win free tickets for the next Wednesday game.  In addition, $2 beer and hot dogs will be available during Wednesday night tilts.  After each Wednesday night game, fans can join the Mallards for a postgame party at T.G.I. Friday's next to the iWireless Center.

Tickets for tomorrow 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.

 
MALLARDS, GENESIS TEAM UP FOR GAME WORN JERSEY AUCTION SATURDAY NIGHT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:57

Auction Benefits Genesis Health Services Foundation’s Flu-Free QC Program

Free Mallards Youth Replica Jerseys for First 1,000 Fans 12 and Under

Courtesy of Scott County Family Y and Two Rivers YMCA


MOLINE, Ill. (January 7, 2014) –
The Quad City Mallards will wear special edition affiliate jerseys when they take on the Arizona Sundogs Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at the i wireless Center and those jerseys will go up for bid in a live auction immediately following the game to benefit the Genesis Health Services Foundation’s Flu-Free QC program. 

The Mallards, who are in their first season as an affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, Saturday night will don cream-colored affiliate jerseys bearing “Quad City Mallards” across the chest in Mallard green script and the team’s secondary duck logo on the shoulders.

"The money raised at this annual auction is used to provide essential health care services to our neighbors throughout the QCA.  On behalf of that grateful community, I thank the Mallards for their on-going commitment to the health and well-being of their fans and friends,” said Ken Croken, vice president of corporate communications and marketing, Genesis Health System.

Last season, the Mallards teamed with Genesis for a pair of jersey auctions that raised better than $46,000 for both the Genesis Flu-Free QC campaign and for Genesis Outpatient Rehabilitation.  Over the past 19 years, Mallards jersey auctions have raised over $700,000 to benefit Genesis Health System Charities.

“The generosity and community-mindedness of Mallards fans is something that has impressed me hugely since I arrived here a year ago,” said Mallards president Bob McNamara.  “Their willingness to do so much for a cause like the Genesis Health Services Foundation that does such valuable work and provides so many important services for this community is something we are deeply thankful for.”

Saturday’s event is the first of the Mallards’ two Genesis jersey auctions this season.  Another one-of-a-kind set of game worn jerseys be auctioned off following the Mallards’ Saturday, March 8 game against Arizona.

This Saturday evening will also see the first 1,000 fans ages 12 and under through the doors at the iWireless Center receive free Mallards youth replica jerseys courtesy of Scott County Family Y and Two Rivers YMCA.

Tickets for Saturday night’s 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. 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 Genesis Health System

Genesis Health System, its affiliates and partners offer a full continuum of health care services.  Genesis Health System’s affiliates include: acute and tertiary hospital care at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport and DeWitt, Iowa and Genesis Medical Center, Silvis and Aledo in Illinois; home health and hospice services through Genesis VNA and Hospice; Genesis Workplace Services, including occupational health, employee assistance and wellness services for employers and their employees; the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House; senior living facilities offering rehabilitation and long-term care; Genesis Health Group, with more than 170 primary care physicians and specialists; a Family Practice Residency program; Genesis Psychology Associates; three Convenient Care clinics; and Genesis Home Medical Equipment.  Partners include the Genesis Medical Park, Crow Valley, Genesis Imaging Centers and Spring Street Surgical Center, Davenport. Genesis Health System serves a 10-county area of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.  Genesis also manages Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. For more information, visit www.genesishealth.com.

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 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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WINNING WEDNESDAYS PRESENTED BY T.G.I. FRIDAY'S: IF MALLARDS WIN FANS WIN FREE TICKETS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Kersten   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 11:53
Fans at This Wednesday’s Game Could Win Free Tickets for Up to Six More Games if Mallards Keep Winning on Wednesday

MOLINE, Ill. (January 6, 2014) – Beginning with this Wednesday night’s game between the Quad City Mallards and Brampton Beast- the Mallards’ first Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s- every time the Mallards win at home on Wednesday, each fan in attendance will receive a free ticket to the Mallards’ next Wednesday home game.

Should the Mallards top the Beast this week, all fans at that game will be able to attend the Mallards’ Wednesday, February 5 meeting with the Allen Americans free of charge.  Another Wednesday victory on February 5 would mean fans at that game would win free tickets for yet another Wednesday tilt.  It would be possible, if the Mallards went 7-0 at home on Wednesdays, for fans who attended this Wednesday’s contest to receive free tickets for each of the following six Winning Wednesdays.

During each Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s, fans will also have the opportunity to purchase $2 hot dogs and beer at iWireless Center concession stands.  After each Wednesday game- including this week’s- fans are invited to join the Mallards for a post-game party at T.G.I. Friday’s adjacent to the iWireless Center at 1425 River Drive in Moline.

The full schedule of Winning Wednesdays presented by T.G.I. Friday’s (all Wednesday games start at 7:05 p.m.):

  • January 8: Mallards vs. Brampton Beast
  • February 5: Mallards vs. Allen Americans
  • February 19: Mallards vs. Missouri Mavericks
  • February 26: Mallards vs. Missouri Mavericks
  • March 5: Mallards vs. Missouri Mavericks
  • March 12: Mallards vs. Denver Cutthroats
  • March 19: Mallards vs. St. Charles Chill
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.

 
MALLARDS WEEKLY UPDATE: JANUARY 6, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 08:36

THIS WEEK
Wednesday, January 8, 7:05 p.m.
iWireless Center, Moline
Brampton Beast vs. Quad City Mallards

Friday, January 10, 7:05 p.m.
iWireless Center, Moline

Wichita Thunder vs. Quad City Mallards

Saturday, January 11, 7:05 p.m.
iWireless Center, Moline
Arizona Sundogs vs. Quad City Mallards

LAST WEEKEND
Friday, January 3
St. Charles 4 Quad City 3

Saturday, January 4
Quad City 5 St. Charles 0

Quad City
16-7-5 (37 points)
5th place
Coach: Terry Ruskowski

Brampton
16-14-2 (34 points)
6th place
Coach: Mark DeSantis

Wichita
11-17-4 (26 points)
8th place
Coach: Kevin McClelland

Arizona
12-18-1 (25 points)
9th place
Coach: Kevin Colley

QUACK TRACKS
Last Weekend
The Mallards rebounded after squandering a 3-1 third period lead in last Friday night’s 4-3 home loss to the Chill by scoring four third period goals on the way to a 5-0 win in St. Charles the following evening.

Streaking
While last Friday’s loss ended the Mallards’ five game winning streak, the Mallards have now won six of their last seven games.  The five game winning streak is the Mallards’ longest this season.

Playing the Percentages
The Mallards, who have played fewer games than any other CHL team, boast the league’s third best winning percentage (.661).  With a win Wednesday over Brampton the Mallards would overtake Denver and move into fourth place.

Home Sweet Home
Last Friday’s loss ended the Mallards’ eight game (7-0-1) home regulation unbeaten streak.  That defeat was the Mallards’ first at the iWireless Center since falling at home to Brampton November 2.

On the Road
The Mallards have won five straight road games for the first time since they strung together five consecutive away victories between November 23 and December 13, 2011.  The Mallards last won more than five in a row on the road when they ripped off seven straight wins away from home between December 31, 2010 and February 11, 2011.

Goals, Goals, Goals
The Mallards scored five times last Saturday after producing three goals or fewer in 11 of their prior 12 games.  On the season, the Mallards rank fourth in the league in goals per game (3.6) despite the fact no Mallard ranks in the top 20 in the CHL in points.

Stingy
The Mallards, who have given up two goals or fewer in five of their last seven games, rank third in the CHL in fewest goals allowed per game (2.9).

Between the Pipes
Goaltender Thomas Heemskerk made 29 saves last Saturday on the way to his second shutout in his last four games, his second in his last two starts against St. Charles and the second of his career.  Heemskerk has won four straight games and has posted a 1.50 goals against average and a .947 save percentage along with two shutouts during that streak

Rookie of the Month

Goaltender Ty Rimmer last Thursday was named December CHL Goaltender of the Month after going 3-0-2 with a 2.00 goals against average and a .938 save percentage in the final month of 2013.

Streaking, Take 2
Forwards Jim McKenzie (2-4-6) and Gergo Nagy (1-4-5) are on five game point scoring streaks.  Nagy has also produced four goals and 17 points over his last 15 games.  Defenseman Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel scored twice last Saturday and has now ripped off four goals and totaled five points (4-1-5) in his last five games. 

Leaders
Mike Hellyer is tied for second in game winning goals (5)…Among rookies, Thomas Frazee ranks second in assists (15), ranks third in points (22) and is tied for seventh in goals (7)...Heemskerk ranks second in goals against average (2.50) and fourth in save percentage (.919)…Rimmer ranks ninth in goals against average (2.84) and save percentage (.907).

Milestones
McKenzie has recorded 98 career assists…Darren McMillan has played 494 career games and collected 96 career CHL assists…Vladimir Nikiforov has played 294 career games.

Special Teams
The Mallards rank last in the CHL in power play efficiency (11.8 percent).  The Mallards have now scored on just one of their last 26 power plays, converted just two of their last 50 man advantages and cashed in just three of their last 66.  The Mallards rank fourth in penalty killing (83.9 percent) and are tied for the league lead in shorthanded goals (6).

Head to Head
The Mallards have gone 5-1-1 against Brampton this season.  With a 3-2 victory last Monday, the Mallards completed a sweep of a three game series in Brampton.  They have gone 5-0-1 against the Beast since losing their first ever meeting with Brampton on November 2.  The Mallards have gone 2-1-1 against the Beast at home this season.  Gergo Nagy (3-6-9) and Jim McKenzie (3-6-9) are the top point scorers in the season series.  The two clubs will meet a total of 13 times this season…Friday’s game is the first of three this season between the Mallards and Thunder.  Last season the Mallards went 3-3-0 against the Thunder overall and 1-1-0 at home.  All-time the Mallards have gone 5-11-0 against Wichita overall and 3-5-0 at home…The Mallards have gone 0-0-2 against Arizona this season.  The Mallards suffered a pair of 3-2 shootout losses November 22 and 23 in Prescott Valley.   All-time the Mallards have gone 5-2-4 against the Sundogs and have posted a 3-1-1 at the iWireless Center against Arizona.  The Mallards and Sundogs will wrap up their five game season series with meetings March 7 and 8 in the Quad Cities.

Ins and Outs
Defenseman Nicholas Rioux signed a professional tryout agreement with the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild today...Forward Jordan Lane served a two-game CHL suspension during the Mallards’ games last Monday in Brampton and last Friday against St. Charles.  Lane was suspended after being assessed a game misconduct during the Mallards’ Saturday, December 28 game at Brampton.

NEXT HOME GAME
Wednesday, January 8, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Brampton Beast
Winning Wednesday Presented by T.G.I. Friday’s
This Wednesday game is the Mallards’ first Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s.  If the Mallards win a Wednesday night home game all in attendance win free tickets for the next Wednesday game.  In addition, $2 beer and hot dogs will be available during Wednesday night tilts.  After each Wednesday night game, fans can join the Mallards for a postgame party at T.G.I. Friday's next to the iWireless Center.


Friday, January 10, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Wichita Thunder
$1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday Presented by 97X
This 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. 

Saturday, January 11, 7:05 p.m.,- Mallards vs. Arizona Sundogs
Genesis Jersey Auction
The Mallards will wear special edition Wild affiliate jerseys when they take on the Arizona Sundogs Saturday.  Immediately after the game those jerseys will go up for bid in a live auction to benefit the Genesis Health Services Foundation.

Youth Jersey Giveaway Presented by Scott County Family Y and Two Rivers YMCA
The first 1,000 fans age 12 and under through the doors for Saturday’s game will receive a free Mallards replica youth jersey courtesy of Scott County Family Y and Two Rivers YMCA.

ON THE AIR
Fox Sports Radio 1230 is the radio home of Mallards Hockey Presented by Genesis Power Sports Performance.  Mallards games broadcast on AM 1230 also stream live online at www.wfxn.net.  A limited number of Mallards games- including Wednesday night's- will not air on Fox Sports Radio 1230 due to conflicts with University of Illinois basketball and football and Green Bay Packer football.  Free audio webcasts of games that do not air on AM 1230 are available at myqcmallards.com.  CHL-TV pay-per-view video webcasts of all Mallards games are also available at myqcmallards.com.  For a full Mallards broadcast/webcast schedule, go to

TICKETS
Single Game Tickets
Single game tickets for all Mallards regular season contests are now available.  Fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 orinfo@myqcmallards.com for more information about tickets.  Single game tickets are also available at the i wireless Center box office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through www.ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free.  The box 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.

Group Tickets
Groups of at least ten can receive savings off the walk-up price and a host of other great group benefits.  Mallards group tickets are a great fit for youth organizations, friends, co-workers, family groups, religious groups, school functions and business events.  For more group ticket information, fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or info@myqcmallards.com.

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