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MALLARDS, GENESIS HEALTH SYSTEM WELCOME MISS USA 2012 TO MARCH 7 GAME PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Friday, 28 February 2014 09:45

Nana Meriwether to Drop Puck, Meet Fans When Mallards Take on Arizona

MOLINE, Ill. (February 27, 2014) – The Quad City Mallards and Genesis Health System will welcome Nana Meriwether, Miss USA 2012, to the Mallards’ Friday, March 7 game against the Arizona Sundogs at the iWireless Center.

Nana will drop the puck for a ceremonial faceoff just before the 7:05 p.m. start of the game and will meet fans, sign autographs and pose for pictures during that contest.

After being named Miss Maryland USA 2012, Nana went on to win the title of Miss USA 2012 in December of that year.  Nana is also a professional and Olympic-level volleyball player, philanthropist and highly accomplished student.

"Since her first visit to the Quad Cities last spring, Nana has been working with us as a member of the Genesis Philanthropy Board of Directors. Her expertise and experience with global health has been hugely beneficial to us.  Nana brings a unique perspective and a passion for health and wellness,” said Genesis Health Services Foundation executive director Missy Gowey.  “I'm excited she'll have a chance to meet our Mallards fans and gain in her understanding of what makes the Quad Cities a great place to live."

In 2007, Nana co-founded the Meriwether Foundation, an international non-profit organization dedicated to improving health and empowering communities.  The foundation conducts health, education, nutrition and empowerment programs that provide assistance to impoverished rural communities in five southern African countries: Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  More information on the Meriwether Foundation can be found at www.MeriwetherFoundation.org.

Born in South Africa and raised in the Washington D.C. area, Nana was standout in volleyball first at Duke University and then, after transferring, at UCLA.  At Duke, Nana followed in the trailblazing footsteps of her father Delano, who was the first African American to be admitted to and graduate from the Duke University School of Medicine.  By the end of her college career, Nana had broken three NCAA volleyball records, led UCLA to the NCAA Final Four and earned NCAA All-American honors two years in a row.

Nana was a Dean’s List student at Duke and was named to the Director’s Honor Roll on multiple occasions while at UCLA before graduating with a degree in political science.  She was also named to both the NCAA and Pac 10 Conference All-Academic teams.

In addition to appearing on NBC for both the 2012 and 2013 Miss USA competitions, Nana has been featured in Sports Illustrated and on Lifetime’s Project Runway and Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta and New York.

Tickets for March 7 game and all Mallards regular season home tilts 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 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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Mallards’ Nagy Called Up to AHL’s Chicago Wolves PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 15:21

MOLINE, Ill. (February 27, 2014) – Quad City Mallards forward Gergo Nagy has signed a professional tryout agreement with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, the Mallards announced today.

Nagy, 24, leads the Mallards in assists (29) and is tied for the team lead in points (43).  He has scored 14 goals, including two on the power play and two shorthanded- tied for the most on the club- while playing in each of the Mallards’ first 49 games.  The 6’ 3”, 212-pound native of Dunaujvaros, Hungary, has posted a plus/minus rating of +14 in his first season in North America.

Nagy has produced five points (one goal and four assists) in just his last three games and last night picked up a pair of assists in the Mallards’ 5-1 win over the Central Hockey League-leading Missouri Mavericks.

Nagy’s is the eleventh AHL call-up for a Mallard this season. 

Before arriving in the Quad Cities for the Mallards’ preseason training camp, Nagy had already played six games this season in the MOL Liga- which consists of teams in Slovakia, Hungary and Romania- for Slovak club HK Nove Zamky.  He produced one goal and nine assists in those six outings.

Nagy last season played in his homeland with Miskolci Jegesmedve JSE, for whom he ripped off 16 goals and 42 assists for 58 points in 38 games.  Nagy first joined Miskolci Jegesmedve JSE midway through the 2011-12 campaign after spending the prior three and a half seasons with Szekesfehervar, a Hungarian club in the Austrian Erste Bank Eishockey Liga.  Nagy also played for the Hungarian national team at the 2009, 2010 and 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships.

The Mallards next play at home tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. against the Brampton Beast.  That game is the season’s penultimate $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.

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 ROLL PAST MAVS 5-1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 14:40
MOLINE, Ill. (February 26, 2014) – Gabriel Levesque scored twice and picked up an assist as the host Quad City Mallards ripped off five unanswered goals on the way to a 5-1 win over the Missouri Mavericks Wednesday night.  The win lifted the Mallards (26-15-8, 60 points) into fifth place while the defeat was the league-leading Mavericks’ (33-16-2, 68 points) second in as many nights.

The Mallards took control in the second period by scoring three times in just over four and a half minutes.  Nick Grasso’s drive from the right wing circle started the onslaught and tied the game at one at 3:31 of the second.  Just a minute and 19 seconds later Justin Fox buried Levesque’s feed from the side of the net to give the Mallards a 2-1 lead.  Nicholas Rioux- who would finish the night with a goal and two assists- extended the gap to 3-1 with a power play one timer from the right wing circle at the 8:06 mark.

Levesque struck twice in the third period to put the Mavericks away.  He converted a Mallard two man advantage with a blast from the high slot at 4:15 of the third and capped off the win by burying Jeff Lee’s centering pass from the doorstep at 12:17.

The Mallards started rolling only after the Eric Castonguay pounced on a rebound to give Missouri a 1-0 lead while up a man at 5:43 of the first period.

The Mallards next play at home Friday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Brampton Beast.  That game is the season’s penultimate $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.

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.

 
Iowans for Ending Dog Racing launches organization PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Roecker   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 09:56
Group Urges Iowans to Sign Petition at: www.EndIowaDogRacing.com

DES MOINES, Iowa – Today, leaders from Dubuque and Council Bluffs gathered at the state capitol to roll out “Iowans for Ending Dog Racing” -- a new organization aimed at mobilizing support across the state to end dog racing in Iowa.

The leaders of “Iowans for Ending Dog Racing” include Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol, Greater Dubuque Development Corporation President & CEO Rick Dickinson, Council Bluffs Chamber President Bob Mundt and former Council Bluffs mayor Tom Hanafan. 

The Iowa dog racing industry requires $13 million in subsidies every year, which costs Council Bluffs and Dubuque millions in local economic development and charitable giving.  “Eliminating the requirement that dog racing remain in Dubuque would be an enormous benefit to our community in terms of millions of additional dollars that could be spent on charitable giving and local economic development,” said Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol.

Ending dog racing in Iowa would also open up the land where the current track is located in Council Bluffs for new development.  “The dog track in Council Bluffs sits directly off of I-80 on one of the top potential development sites in the entire state,” said former Council Bluffs mayor Tom Hanafan.  “Since attendance and interest in dog racing has dramatically declined in the last two decades, our community would benefit greatly by opening up that area for new development and job opportunities.”

Iowans for Ending Dog Racing is encouraging citizens from Dubuque, Council Bluffs and across the entire state to study the facts about the dog racing industry and sign the petition to end dog racing in Iowa at www.EndIowaDogRacing.com.

The organization is also encouraging Iowans to contact their local legislator and urge him or her to support proposed legislation to end dog racing in Iowa.  The proposed bipartisan bill that has passed a committee in the Iowa House would provide the dog racing industry with $70 million over seven years to end dog racing and explore new opportunities.  In addition, each casino currently subsidizing the dog racing industry has publicly committed to keeping their track employees on staff and giving them a new role within the casinos. 

“Ending dog racing in Iowa is common sense and is strongly supported by local business, citizens and city officials in Dubuque and Council Bluffs,” said Mayor Buol.  “The time has come to turn the page on dog racing and allow these communities to create new opportunities for the people of Iowa.”

Get the Facts on Dog Racing in Iowa:
  • Dog racing is bad for Iowa. The more you learn about the industry, the more you will want it out of Iowa. Ready to take action? Sign the Petition to get dog racing out of Iowa.

  • Dog Racing is Illegal in Most States.  Iowa is one of only 7 states legally operating greyhound racing tracks.  Commercial dog racing is illegal in 38 states.

  • $13 Million in Subsidies Keeping Dog Racing Alive in Iowa.  The only thing keeping dog racing in business in Iowa is a state law requiring subsidies to dog racing that now total more than $13 million annually.

  • Betting on Dogs Started to Decline 3 Years After Opening in Iowa.  Live dog racing started in Iowa in 1986.  By 1989 betting on dog racing began to decline.

  • Betting is Down 97% since 1986.  Combined betting at the Mystique dog track in Dubuque and Bluffs Run Greyhound Park at Horseshoe Council Bluffs has dropped from $186 million in 1986 to just $5.9 million in 2012 – a 97 percent decline. [Des Moines Register, 1/21/14]

  • 38% of Iowa purse money goes to out-of-state dog owners.

  • Of the purse money remaining in Iowa, 95% is paid to just 25 Iowans.

  • Council Bluffs Chamber and City Support Ending Dog Racing.  The Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce has joined the Council Bluffs City Council in adopting a resolution “strongly supporting” legislation calling for the elimination of live dog racing at the Harrah’s/Horseshoe Bluffs Run greyhound race park and in the state of Iowa.  On January 14th the Council voted 4-0 to end dog racing.

  • Dubuque Chamber, City and Racing Association Support Ending Dog Racing.  The Dubuque Chamber of Commerce, the City of Dubuque and the Dubuque Racing Association all support ending dog racing in Dubuque and Council Bluffs.

  • Ending Dog Racing in Council Bluffs Means More Retail, Economic Development & Jobs.  Currently racing in Council Bluffs is conducted in a near empty facility that seats more than 2,500. Located just off I-80 near Bass Pro Shops, that property could be transformed into additional retail space, attracting more customers and revenue to the area and creating more jobs for Iowans.

  • Ending Dog Racing in Dubuque Means Millions to Local Non-Profits, Economic Development.  The current law causes Dubuque’s non-profit Mystique Casino to lose more than $4 million each year to subsidize dog racing. With Mystique’s profits split equally between the City of Dubuque and local charities, those millions would be better used to fund volunteer first responders, security in our schools, new capital improvement projects and industrial parks.

  • Both Casinos Committed to Keeping Track Employees Employed in Casinos.  Both casinos currently subsidizing dog racing have publicly committed to keeping their track employees on staff and giving them a new role within the casinos.  In addition, quality jobs will be created by ending the subsidy requirement and directing millions of dollars towards local economic development.

  • Proposed bipartisan legislation will end dog racing in Iowa and provide Iowa greyhound breeders and kennel owners $70 million over the next seven years to wind down.
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MALLARDS WELCOME DUCK DYNASTY'S MOUNTAIN MAN SATURDAY NIGHT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Kersten   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 13:26
Seven Game Homestand Starts Tonight with Winning Wednesday Presented by T.G.I. Friday’s

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

MOLINE, Ill. (February 25, 2014) – The Quad City Mallards this week will hit the ice for three home games featuring the return of Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s and $1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday presented by 97X and culminating in a visit from Duck Dynasty’s Mountain Man this Saturday night courtesy of Genesis Health System.

Mountain Man will drop the puck for the ceremonial faceoff prior to Saturday night’s 7:05 p.m. game between the Mallards and Brampton Beast and will meet fans and sign autographs through the second period of that contest.

Mountain Man, whose real name is Tim Guraedy, is a neighbor of the Robertsons, the Louisiana family that has made a fortune from its best-selling duck calls and is the focus of Duck Dynasty.  Mountain Man is the only Duck Dynasty cast member who is not a Robertson family member or employee of Duck Commander.  He is a neighbor of the Robertsons who operates his own air-conditioning repair business and is known for speaking very slowly.

The Mallards will kick off a seven-game homestand tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. with Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s.  If the Mallards defeat the Missouri Mavericks tomorrow evening each fan in attendance will receive a free ticket to the Mallards’ next Wednesday game- March 5 again against the Mavericks.

At each Winning Wednesday game fans also have the opportunity to purchase $2 hot dogs and beer at iWireless Center concession stands.  After each Wednesday contest- 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.

Fans planning on attending tomorrow night’s game can also save with the Harris Pizza Puck and Pizza Package.  With the Puck and Pizza Package, fans can purchase four lower level tickets for just $55 or four upper level seats only $45 for any Wednesday or Sunday home game 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.

This week also brings the penultimate $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night of the season when the Mallards take on the Beast at 7:05 p.m. Friday.  $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 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.  

Tickets for this week’s games or any remaining Mallards regular season home tilt 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

 
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