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Rookie of the Year Hellyer Rejoins Mallards PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Thursday, 17 October 2013 07:34

MOLINE, Ill. (October 16, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards have re-signed 2012-13 Central Hockey League Rookie of the Year Mike Hellyer and have waived forward Tyler Melancon, the Mallards announced today.                                                                       
“We’re very happy to have Mike back.  He’s a guy we’re able to count on in every situation,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski.  “He does a lot offensively but he’s also someone we count on defensively so he’s going to play a very important role for us this season.”

Hellyer, a 27-year old forward, rejoins the Mallards after participating in training camp with the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors.  Hellyer last season led CHL rookies in points (61), assists (38) and plus/minus rating (+15) and finished third among first year players in goals (23).  The 5’ 9”, 170-pound Brandon, Manitoba, native ranked second on the Mallards in points and assists and third in goals.  Hellyer was also named to the 2012-13 CHL All-Rookie Team.

A lower body injury suffered in the Mallards’ playoff opener against the Fort Worth Brahmas last spring ended Hellyer’s season slightly prematurely, but he has since made a full recovery.

Hellyer broke into professional hockey at the tail end of last of the 2011-12 season.  He played three regular season games that spring for both the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL and the CHL’s Brahmas.  Hellyer went on to score three goals and pick up three assists in a dozen playoff games during the Brahmas’ run to the Berry Conference finals.

Hellyer turned pro after spending five seasons at the University of Manitoba.  Last year he scored four times and collected 16 points in 25 games while captaining Manitoba to the Canada West University Athletic Association regular season title.  Over the course of his university career, Hellyer scored 36 times and produced 98 points in 135 games.  He served as team captain each of his final two years with Bisons.  Before matriculating, Hellyer skated for four seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders of the major junior Western Hockey League.  He notched 54 goals and 143 points in 262 career WHL games and acted as the Raiders’ captain in 2006-07.

The Mallards will open their seventeenth season- and their fourth in the CHL- when they host the Rapid City Rush Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.  A pregame Fan Fest outside the iWireless Center will precede the opener from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.  The Fan Fest will feature live music- including plenty of classic covers- from the Loan

Sharks, food and beverage stands, a beer tent, the arrival of the Mallards’ new Ice Girls and Mo Mallard, the team’s perennially popular mascot.  In addition, Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski will stop by to deliver his season-opening welcome to fans on hand.  There will also be ample entertainment for younger fans, including a bounce house and a petting zoo.

Opening night festivities will continue after the Mallards’ match-up with Rapid City with a post-game party at Rascals.  Mallards players will join fans at Rascals, which is located at 1414 15th Street in Moline.

Opening night tickets cover admission to both the Mallards’ battle with the Rush and the Fan Fest.  Fans can enjoy savings off the regular ticket price by purchasing a four-pack of lower level seats for opening night for just $44.  $44 four-packs can be purchased in person at the iWireless Center box office or by calling the Mallards at 309-277-1364.

All other tickets for the season opener and all other Mallards regular season home games are also now on sale at Ticketmaster outlets, through ticketmaster.com, through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000 or at the iWireless Center ticket office.  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 season tickets as well as half season tickets and flex packs are also still available.  The Mallards offer ticket packages to meet any budget and season ticket holders also receive a host of additional benefits, including a unique season ticket holder Mallards jersey.  More ticket package information is available by calling the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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 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

–### Quad City Mallards ### –

 
On Sale Friday-World's Toughest Rodeo! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ashley Walding   
Thursday, 17 October 2013 07:07
Tickets On Sale THIS FRIDAY for
the World's Toughest Rodeo
at the iWireless Center January 24 & 25!

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED AT WORLD'S TOUGHEST RODEO!


 

Moline, IL - its Bulls... It's Broncs and it's a whole lot more for 2014 as the World's Toughest Rodeo National Tour returns to Moline's iWireless Center January 24 and 25, 2014. Fans definitely expect to see the world's best bucking horses and bulls and double tough cowboys with nerves of steel. But right when you think you've seen it all...expect the unexpected as Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey comes to town to thrill the fans in a way only the famous Whiplash can in his first appearance at the iWireless Center. Or cowboys and ostriches... who knew??? World's Toughest Rodeo turns up the heat with the all new ostrich races nightly.

 

The World's Toughest Rodeo features the fan's favorite events: Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and Bareback Riding with the top two competing a second time in the thrilling Winner Takes All...Showdown Round. The Midwest's fastest cowgirls will also compete in the Women's Barrel Racing. Along with intense competition, fans will witness Mutton Bustin for the little buckaroos as well as world-class specialty entertainment making this an event guaranteed to keep fans on the edge of their seats.

 

The cement ends and the wild west begins each night as fans are invited to come down in the dirt on the arena floor for the Free Preshow. The Free Preshow is fun for all ages and a FANtastic opportunity to Go Out West for the Night. Only at the World's Toughest Rodeo Preshow can fans meet the cowboys and entertainers, get autographs and photos, have free pony rides, sit on Midnight the bull in the bucking chutes, and even get up close and personal with the World's Toughest Rodeo animal superstars as our staff hosts a behind the chutes tour. It's cowboy tailgating right in the rodeo arena, more fun and FREE for all ages.

 

The World's Toughest Rodeo rides into the iWireless Center, January 24th and 25th. The Free Pre-Show begins each night at 6:00pm and the action starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are available now online at www.ticketmaster.com or at the arena box office.

 

For more information about the World's Toughest Rodeo visit www.wtrodeo.com or contact Marla Morehead at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call at 563-652-3326.

 
Unique Homecoming Celebration Highlights Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Team PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Thursday, 17 October 2013 07:06

What: Rivermont Collegiate Homecoming

When: Thursday, 10/17 – Pep Rally, 3:00 p.m. – Rivermont Varsity Volleyball vs. Mercer County JV, 6:00 p.m.

Where: Rivermont Collegiate Gym – 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf

Rivermont’s 2013 Homecoming festivities will celebrate the female Varsity Volleyball team!  Though many high school homecomings celebrate football, we’re shaking up tradition!

Rivermont is celebrating Spirit Week all week, with Thursday being Lion Pride Day.  Expect a sea of RED!  A Pep Rally will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday in the Rivermont gym and the Varsity Volleyball team will take on Mercer County JV at 6:00 p.m.

The Rivermont Varsity Volleyball team won the Unity Christian JV Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, 9/28, coming away with the best overall record (5-1) in the 4 team round robin tournament.  The team will compete at the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) tournament, with their first game to be played Tuesday, 10/22 against Calamus-Wheatland.

 
MONFREDO RETURNS TO MALLARDS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Kersten   
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 12:21
MOLINE, Ill. (October 14, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards have re-signed defenseman Mike Monfredo, the Mallards announced today.

“We’re very fortunate to have Mike coming back to play for us,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski.  “Last year he was a top three defenseman for us.  He’s a shut-down guy who brings the physical part of the game.  He did a great job last year as a rookie and now we’re excited to see him take the next step and be the best defenseman he can be.”

Monfredo returns to the Quad Cities after skating in the training camp of the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals.  The 23-year old last season scored four goals, totaled 19 points and finished tied for fifth among Central Hockey League rookies in plus/minus rating (+11) while playing in each of the Mallards’ 66 regular season games.

Monfredo spent the 2011-12 season at the State University of New York-Fredonia, where he scored three goals and added five assists in 26 games.  The Shirley, New York, product played three seasons  of junior hockey for Motor City in the North American League  before heading to Fredonia.  In 2010-11, the 6’ 3”, 210-pound blue liner led the NAHL with 259 penalty minutes.

The Mallards will open their seventeenth season- and their fourth in the CHL- when they host the Rapid City Rush Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.  A pregame Fan Fest outside the iWireless Center will precede the opener from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.  The Fan Fest will feature live music- including plenty of classic covers- from the Loan Sharks, food and beverage stands, a beer tent, the arrival of the Mallards’ new Ice Girls and Mo Mallard, the team’s perennially popular mascot.  In addition, Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski will stop by to deliver his season-opening welcome to fans on hand.  There will also be ample entertainment for younger fans, including a bounce house and a petting zoo.

Opening night festivities will continue after the Mallards’ match-up with Rapid City with a post-game party at Rascals.  Mallards players will join fans at Rascals, which is located at 1414 15th Street in Moline.

Opening night tickets cover admission to both the Mallards’ battle with the Rush and the Fan Fest.  Fans can enjoy savings off the regular ticket price by purchasing a four-pack of lower level seats for opening night for just $44.  $44 four-packs can be purchased in person at the iWireless Center box office or by calling the Mallards at 309-277-1364.

All other tickets for the season opener and all other Mallards regular season home games are also now on sale at Ticketmaster outlets, through ticketmaster.com, through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000 or at the iWireless Center ticket office.  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 season tickets as well as half season tickets and flex packs are also still available.  The Mallards offer ticket packages to meet any budget and season ticket holders also receive a host of additional benefits, including a unique season ticket holder Mallards jersey.  More ticket package information is available by calling the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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 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

–### Quad City Mallards ### –

 
Houston Astros Minor League Season Recaps PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 12:12
PLAYOFFS!: Six of the Astros eight minor league clubs qualified for the playoffs this year, which set a franchise record...Oklahoma City, Corpus Christi, Lancaster, Quad Cities, Tri-City and Greeneville all participated in the postseason, making the Astros the first organization since the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2003 to have 6 domestic minor league clubs qualify for the playoffs.
CHAMPS!: The Quad Cities River Bandits and Tri-City ValleyCats both won their league championship titles...marked the 6th title in River Bandits history and their 2nd in the last 3 seasons (were affiliated with STL from 2005-12)...for Tri-City, it marked their 2nd title in the last 4 seasons...the Astros were 1 of 3 orgs to have multiple championship teams (also SEA, KC).
30/30 CLUB: OF George Springer became the first minor leaguer since Grant Desme in 2009 to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in the same season...Springer was 1 of just 9 position players named to Baseball America’s minor league All-Star Team, and was also named to MLB.com’s All-Prospect Team...he finished the regular season with a combined 37 homers and 45 stolen bases between Triple A OKC and Double A Corpus Christi...he finished among the top 5 players in all of the minors in runs (106), total bases (295), HR, RBI (108), SLG (.600), and OPS (1.010).
BEST IN THE MIDWEST: Even though SS Carlos Correa spent the 2013 season as the 2nd-youngest player in the Midwest League at 18-years-old, he still led the league in OPS (.872) while finishing 2nd in on-base percentage (.405) and 3rd in batting average (.320)...he also led all MWL shortstops in fielding percentage (.973)...in what was his first full minor league season, he was the youngest player in the MWL to receive Postseason All-Star honors.
PRO DEBUT: After being taken by the Astros with the #1 overall selection in the 2013 draft, RHP Mark Appel had a strong pro debut...went 3-1 with a 3.79 ERA, 33 K’s and 9 walks across 38.0 combined innings with Class A Quad Cities (8g) and Class A Short Season Tri-City (2g)...Appel gave up 1 earned run or less in 6 of his 8 outings with QC, and pitched the team to a 5-1 victory on Aug. 25 at Burlington that clinched a playoff berth for the Bandits (5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 SO).
YOUNG GUNS: The Astros system saw unprecedented success this year despite fielding some of the youngest rosters in the minors...the Triple A RedHawks and Double A Hooks each won the most games in their respective leagues while fielding the youngest rosters in their leagues...the Lancaster JetHawks were one of the three youngest teams in their league, while the Midwest League Champion Quad Cities River Bandits trotted out the 4th-youngest group of position players in their league.
VIVA MEXICO: On August 18, the Astros made a splash by announcing the signings of 2 of the top hitters in the Mexican League: 23-year-old Leo Heras and 26-year old Japhet Amador...Heras went 8x39 with a homer and 5 RBI in 10 games for the Double A Hooks... Amador went to Triple A OKC and posted a .302 average (13x43) in 10g.
FRUITS OF THEIR LABOR: A number of the Astros top prospects arrived in Houston this year and found success in the Majors...RHP Jarred Cosart’s 1.95 ERA was the lowest in the AL from his ML debut on 7/12 until his final start on 9/9...over his first 7 career starts, LHP Brett Oberholtzer led the American League with a 1.91 ERA...after getting recalled to Houston on August 4, RHP Brad Peacock posted a 3.38 ERA in 7 starts...OF Robbie Grossman has hit in 29 of his 35 games at a .322 clip since his most recent recall from Triple A...SS Jonathan Villar has hit .272 with a .354 OBP in his 49 games with the Astros, while leading all MLB rookies with 17 steals.
DEADLINE DEALS: The Astros made 4 trades to acquire young talent during July of 2013:
July 29
*Acquired OF Danry Vasquez and a PTBNL (RHP David Paulino) from DET in exchange for RHP Jose Veras.
July 31
*Acquired RHP Kyle Smith from KC in exchange for OF Justin Maxwell.
*Acquired LHP Josh Hader, OF L.J. Hoes and a 2014 competitive balance pick (A) from BAL in exchange for RHP Bud Norris and international pool space.
July 2
*Acquired Double A IF Ronald Torreyes from CHC in exchange for international pool space.
TRADE REVIEW: Here is how MLB.com slotted the newly acquired prospects among the Astros top 20 prospects: Hader (#12), Smith (#15), Hoes (#18), Vasquez (#19)...prior to the trades, Hader and Hoes were rated by MLB.com as the Orioles #5 and #7 prospects respectively...Smith came in as the Royals #11 prospect while Vasquez was listed as the Tigers #6 prospect.
THE FUTURE: Along with the Mets, the Astros had more prospects participate in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game this year than any other MLB organization...CF George Springer, 2B Delino DeShields and SS Carlos Correa each played in the game, while Corpus Christi Hooks manager Keith Bodie served on the coaching staff for the U.S. Team.
BEST PARKS: Modern Woodmen Park, the home of the Quad Cities River Bandits, was voted as the Best Minor League Ballpark after 4 weeks of nationwide voting by fans and readers of 10Best.com and USA TODAY...2 other Astros affiliates home stadiums also made the top 10: Corpus Christi’s Whataburger Field (#6) and OKC’s Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (#9).
SUPERB STAFFS: A number of the Astros managers, coaches and trainers were recognized by their respective leagues for their excellence during the 2013 season: California League Manager of the Year Rodney Linares (Lancaster)...Appalachian League Manager of the Year Josh Bonifay (Greeneville)...Texas League Coach of the Year Gary Ruby (Corpus Christi pitching coach)...California League Coach of the Year Darryl Robinson (Lancaster hitting coach)...California League Trainer of the Year Grant Hufford (Lancaster).

 
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