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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 07:59
72-Game ECHL Slate Includes 36 Home Tilts

MOLINE, Ill. (October 13, 2014) – The Quad City Mallards will play a revised 72-game schedule including 36 home dates when they take the ice for their first ECHL season beginning on Friday, October 24 at 7:05 p.m. on home ice against the Rapid City Rush, the Mallards announced today in conjunction with the ECHL.

Single game tickets for the 2014-15 season are on sale beginning today at the iWireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets and 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.  Tickets are available for $10, $16, $20 and $28.

Individual seats are currently available for all home games except for the Mallards’ final three Wednesday home dates. Tickets for the March 11, March 18 and April 1 contests will go on sale this Wednesday.

The Mallards will announce their 2014-15 schedule of game night promotions later this week.

The Mallards, who moved to the ECHL from the Central Hockey League last week, will play 68 of their 72 games against the six clubs with whom they made that move from the CHL to the ECHL.  The Mallards have added a total of eight games (including four home tilts) while deleting two games (one of them a home contest) from the 66-game schedule the team originally announced in August:

Games Added to Schedule (Home Games in Bold):

Tuesday, October 28, 8:05 p.m….Quad City @ Rapid City

Monday, December 29, 6:30 p.m….Quad City @ Fort Wayne

Wednesday, January 7, 7:05 p.m….Wichita @ Quad City

Sunday, February 8, 4:05 p.m….Quad City @. Missouri

Wednesday, February 11, 7:05 p.m.…Missouri @ Quad City

Friday, February 27, 7:05 p.m….Quad City @ Missouri

Wednesday, March 4, 7:05 p.m….Tulsa @ Quad City

Saturday, April 11, 7:05 p.m….Tulsa @ Quad City


Games Deleted from Schedule (Home Games in Bold)

Tuesday, December 30…Quad City @ Brampton

Wednesday, January 21…Tulsa @ Quad City

The Mallards’ opposition has changed for seven additional already-scheduled games.  The Mallards will meet the Cincinnati Cyclones for the first time ever when the Cyclones visit the iWireless Center for games Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1.  The Mallards were originally schedule to meet the Brampton Beast on both of those dates.  The Mallards are now slated to visit Brampton on Friday, November 14 (a date on which they were originally due to play the Oilers in Tulsa) and Sunday November 16 (rather than the Allen Americans).   The Mallards will spend New Year’s Eve in Evansville clashing with the IceMen instead of in Brampton taming the Beast.  The Mallards will host the Wichita Thunder on Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7- dates on which the Flock was previously set to collide with the Americans.

As was announced by the ECHL last week, the Mallards will play in the Central Division of the Western Conference along with the other CHL transplants: Allen, Brampton, Missouri, Tulsa, Rapid City and Wichita.  The Mallards’ match-ups with Cincinnati (October 31 and November 1), Fort Wayne (December 29) and Evansville (December 31) are the only inter-division games they will play this season.

The Mallards will meet the Missouri Mavericks 16 times- more often than they will see any other foe.  The Mallards will also play more than ten games against three other opponents: Brampton (14), Rapid City (13) and Wichita (12).  The Mallards will butt heads with Tulsa eight times and tussle with Allen on five occasions.

The Mallards will play 26 of their home games on fan friendly weekend dates.  The Flock will take the ice at the iWireless Center for ten Friday night games, 11 Saturday evening tilts, five Sunday contests.  Each of the Mallards’ Sunday home games will face off at 4:05 p.m. while all other home games will start at 7:05 p.m.

The Mallards will enjoy their longest homestand of the season when they play eight consecutive games at the iWireless Center between March 1 and March 18.  The Mallards will kick off December on their longest road trip of the campaign.  They will play six straight away games between December 2 and December 13.

February will be the Mallards’ busiest month.  Terry Ruskwoski’s troops will play 14 times in just 28 days.

The Mallards will wrap up the regular season a week later originally scheduled when they welcome Tulsa to the Quad Cities on Saturday, April 11.

2014-15 Mallards season tickets are still on sale.  Ticket packages are available to meet almost any budget.  A limited edition season ticket holder Mallard jersey, 12 additional ticket vouchers per seat and free parking are among a host of exclusive benefits available to season ticket holders.  For more season ticket information fans can call the Mallards’ business office at 309-277-1364.

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 approaching their eighteenth season and their first in the ECHL.  One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007; in the International Hockey League in 2009-10; and in the Central Hockey League from 2010 through 2014.  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  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at and on Facebook at

Governor Quinn Statement on the 37th Annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 12:48
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the 37th Annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon:

“On behalf of the people of Illinois, I congratulate the thousands of runners who trained, ran and completed the annual Chicago Marathon.

“For those who traveled from afar to those from right here in Illinois, it is an honor to have such dedicated and talented athletes race through Chicago each year.

“I congratulate our two winners: Eliud Kipchope and Rita Jeptoo. Your remarkable performances are an inspiration for runners everywhere.

“I also want to send a special thank you to Carey Pinkowski who has served as the race director for 25 races. When he began, the marathon had just over 7,000 starters and is now over the 40,000 mark and has become one of the world’s most famous marathons.”


The Ferris Wheel is open on Saturdays through November 1! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by River Bandits   
Friday, 10 October 2014 15:57

The Giant Wheel will take you up 110 feet in the air in an open air gondola that seat up to 6 people. The wheel will spin slowly around offering views of the Mississippi River, Modern Woodmen Park, and downtown Davenport and Rock Island. The ride will be lit at light with an impressive LED light package with millions of color combinations which makes it an entirely different ride at night!

All guests below 42" must be accompanied by a supervising companion. The Giant Wheel requires five amusement coupons to ride.

For each ride, 50 cents will be donated to the Genesis Health Services Foundation, benefiting Camp Genesis, Genesis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Genesis Flu-Free Quad Cities.

IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union members can use the Fastpass line and be the next guests loaded onto the ride by just showing their credit union card.

Amusements Schedule and General Information

ECHL announces revisions to divisional alignment and playoff format PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Friday, 10 October 2014 15:55
PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced on Thursday the revised divisional alignment and format for the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs following the approval of seven expansion teams on Tuesday.

As approved by the Board of Governors, the conference and divisional alignment for the 2014-15 season will be as follows:

Eastern Conference

North Division

Cincinnati Cyclones, Evansville IceMen, Fort Wayne Komets, Indy Fuel, Kalamazoo Wings, Toledo Walleye, Wheeling Nailers

East Division

Elmira Jackals, Florida Everblades, Greenville Road Warriors, Gwinnett Gladiators, Orlando Solar Bears, Reading Royals, South Carolina Stingrays

Western Conference

Central Division

Allen Americans, Brampton Beast, Missouri Mavericks, Quad City Mallards, Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers, Wichita Thunder

Pacific Division

Alaska Aces, Bakersfield Condors, Colorado Eagles, Idaho Steelheads, Ontario Reign, Stockton Thunder, Utah Grizzlies

The top four teams in each division during the regular season will qualify for the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs. All four rounds of the playoffs will be played in a best-of-seven format.

The first two rounds of the playoffs will be played entirely within the division with the division winner meeting the fourth-place finisher and the second-place finisher meeting the team that finished in third place in the Division Semifinals. The Division Finals will pit the winner of each series against each other. The winner of the North Division Finals will meet the winner of the East Division Finals in the Eastern Conference Finals while the winner of the Central Division will meet the winner of the Pacific Division Finals in the Western Conference Finals. The 2015 Kelly Cup Finals will see the Eastern Conference champion take on the Western Conference champion.

Updates to the 2014-15 ECHL playing schedule will be announced within the next few days.

About the ECHL

Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 21 teams in 14 states for its 27th season in 2014-15. There have been 542 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including one who has made his NHL debut in the 2014-15 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 28 of the 30 NHL teams in 2014-15, marking the 18th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Old Wisconsin and Miller Lite Celebrate the Deep-Rooted Traditions of the Green Bay Packers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alyssa Ahern   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 15:22

The Green Bay Packers and Miller Lite Partner with Old Wisconsin to Create the Ultimate Retail Destination for Wisconsin Shoppers and Packers Fans

Homewood, Ill. (Oct. 9, 2014) – A new tailgating promotion from Old Wisconsin brings together Miller Lite with the brand’s popular meat snacks in the “Touchdown to Flavor Town” campaign cheering on the Green Bay Packers. Old Wisconsin and Miller Lite are teaming up to help fans celebrate the Packers with high-value offers at participating grocery stores, convenience stores and liquor channels. The campaign is supported with in-store displays, POS and merchandisers; stadium and scoreboard signage at Lambeau Field; out-of-home, digital and radio advertising; and game-day sampling. This is the third year Old Wisconsin has sponsored fall Packers Nation promotional programs.

“Old Wisconsin is thrilled to be joining forces with Miller Lite to enhance the Packers Nation experience for fans and cheer on the Packers to another title this year,” said Jeff Weber, Old Wisconsin’s national brand manager. “This campaign builds on the success of past Packers Nation retail efforts to create shopper excitement and drive retail sales.”

This Wisconsin-based promotion supports Old Wisconsin meat snack brands including 6 oz. and 8 oz. Snack Bites, 6 oz. and 8 oz. Snack Sticks and 9 oz. Summer Sausage paired with Miller Lite, Miller Genuine Draft, and Miller64 (24- and 30- packs, both cans and bottles). The dual-branded program features two retail windows ending in late November.

During the second retail window, Old Wisconsin invites fans to participate in the “Touchdown to Flavor Town” photo caption contest. Visit Old Wisconsin’s Facebook page from Nov. 3 through Nov. 16 to submit a caption and vote for your favorites for a chance to win a green and gold tailgating prize package worth $1,500. For more details, visit

About Carl Buddig & Company
Based in Homewood, Ill, Carl Buddig & Co. has been feeding family traditions for more than 70 years with the very best in taste, variety and convenience. Carl Buddig & Co. is the family-owned parent company of Buddig lunchmeat and Old Wisconsin hardwood smoked sausage and snack products. Buddig offers an assortment of quality, thin-sliced lean meats for sandwiches, snacks and special recipes including Buddig Original, Premium Deli, Deli Cuts and Fix Quix products. Old Wisconsin sausage and meat snack products are handcrafted and smoked over real hardwood fires. To learn more, visit and

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