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Mallards Welcome Woodley PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 15:21

MOLINE, Ill. (October 8, 2014) – The Quad City Mallards have signed forward/defenseman Ben Woodley, the Mallards announced today.

The 6’ 6”, 230-pound Woodley had a goal and an assist and collected 47 penalty minutes in 11 games with the Brampton Beast last season.  The 22-year old London, Ontario, native spent 2012-13 in the ECHL, where he split time between the Toledo Walleye and Greenville Road Warriors, producing one goal and two assists along with 30 penalty minutes in 19 games.  Woodley first skated in the professional ranks when he played in three playoff games for the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye in the spring of 2012.

“I didn’t want to be caught not having enough big guys to look out for the other guys on our roster,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski.  “Ben has a reputation for being able to score as well as handle the rough stuff and can play defense or forward.  Ben and Tyler Barr can make the rest of our guys feel about three inches taller.”

Woodley turned pro after two junior A seasons.  In 2011-12 he scored five times and notched 42 assists for 47 points and was also assessed 125 minutes in penalties in 59 games with the British Columbia Hockey League’s Prince George Spruce Kings.  Woodley joined the Spruce Kings late in the 2010-11 season after starting that campaign with the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

The Mallards open the 2014-15 season at home against the Rapid City Rush on Friday, October 24 at 7:05 p.m.  The Mallards being training camp tomorrow at the iWireless Center.

Season tickets for the coming campaign are still available.  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 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 www.myqcmallards.com.  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at twitter.com/myqcmallards and on Facebook at 8http://www.facebook.com/qcmallards.

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MALLARDS OPEN TRAINING CAMP TOMORROW PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:12

MOLINE, Ill. (October 8, 2014) – The Quad City Mallards will open their 2014 training camp tomorrow with a double session at the i wireless Center, the Mallards announced today.

The Mallards will begin preparations for their inaugural ECHL season when they take the ice tomorrow morning from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Coach Terry Ruskowski’s club will return to the ice tomorrow afternoon from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Tomorrow is only time during camp the Mallards will practice twice in one day.

After tomorrow, camp will shift to the River’s Edge in Davenport.  The Mallards will practice at the River’s Edge each day beginning this Friday and continuing through next Wednesday, October 15.  The team will hit the ice from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. this Friday morning; from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. this Saturday; and from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.  The Mallards will be on the ice from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  The schedule for the first seven days of camp is also detailed below.

All training camp sessions are open to the public free of charge.  The i wireless Center is located at 1201 River Drive in Moline, while the River’s Edge is located at 700 West River Drive in Davenport.

The Mallards will play their 2014-15 home opener against the Rapid City Rush on Friday October 24 at 7:05 p.m.

Season tickets for the coming campaign are still available.  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 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 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 2014 Training Camp
Schedule: October 9-15

Date

Time

Site

Thursday, October 9

9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

i wireless Center

Friday, October 10

9:00 to 10:45 a.m.

River’s Edge

Saturday, October 11

10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

River’s Edge

Sunday, October 12

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

River’s Edge

Monday, October 13

9:00 to 10:45 a.m.

River’s Edge

Tuesday, October 14

9:00 to 10:45 a.m.

River’s Edge

Wednesday, October 15

9:00 to 10:45 a.m.

River’s Edge

 

 
Mallards Make Move to ECHL PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:07

CHICAGO – The ECHL announced on Tuesday that the League’s Board of Governors has approved the Membership applications of the Quad City Mallards as well as the Allen Americans, Brampton Beast, Missouri Mavericks, Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers and Wichita Thunder for admission to the ECHL.

The seven expansion teams will begin play in the ECHL this season, giving the League 28 teams in 20 states and one Canadian province for its 27th season of operation, which begins on Friday, Oct. 17 and runs through Saturday, April 11.

The applicants were approved at a special meeting of the ECHL Board of Governors in Chicago on Tuesday.

“The ECHL is very pleased to welcome these new Members to the League,” said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. “These additions strengthen our base in the center of the country and give the ECHL, for the first time, a true national presence. It expands our ability to act as a development league and more closely aligns our number of teams with both the American Hockey League and the National Hockey League.

“There will be logistical challenges in the short term, however, in the long term, it is certainly in the best interest of the ECHL, the new Members and minor-league hockey in general,” McKenna added.

Updates to the 2014-15 ECHL playing schedule, divisional alignment and the format for the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs will be released at a later date.

 
HISTORY IN THE MAKING AS WASHINGTON GENERALS LOOK FOR LANDMARK VICTORY OVER HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS At the iWireless Center ON Saturday, Jan. 3 @ 7:00 pm PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lindsey Lobur   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 14:46

(Moline, Oct. 7, 2014) - The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet, will bring their unrivaled family show to the iwireless Center in Moline on Saturday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m., during the Harlem Globetrotters 2015 "Washington Generals' Revenge" Tour.

 

The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year, as the infamous Washington Generals are more determined than ever to match the franchise's historic last victory over the Globetrotters nearly a half century ago.  It has been five years since the Globetrotters and Generals have faced off, as the Generals have been searching far and wide for the best players to retool their roster and have been preparing for one thing: victory over the Globetrotters.

 

In addition to the highly-anticipated matchup on the court, the Globetrotters, known worldwide as the Ambassadors of Goodwill™, will honor a Harlem Globetrotters Hometown Hero at each of their 310-plus games in North America. The team is searching for active, wounded or retired members of the military who have made their community proud with their brave service and exemplary character. Fans can nominate a Harlem Globetrotters Hometown Hero at harlemglobetrotters.com. The Globetrotters will also play a portion of each game with a camouflage basketball as a sign of respect to all who protect our freedom.

 

With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson,Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law,Bull Bullard, Firefly FisherandMoose Weekes - plus female stars TNT Maddox, T-Time Brawner and Sweet J Ekworomadu* - the Globetrotters' one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. With incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans.

 

Tickets start at $17 and are now available for sale. For ticket information please see iwirelesscenter.com or ticketmaster.com, order by phone at 800-745-3000.  Tickets can be purchased at the iwireless Center box office, located at 1201 River Drive in Moline. For group rates and information,call Lindsey at 309.277.1356 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

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Sponsored by World Vision, Greyhound Lines and Baden Sports, The Harlem Globetrotters® are celebrating their 89th consecutive year, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans-among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents-over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site:  www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

 
Mallards Sign Prolific Veteran Baker PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Thursday, 02 October 2014 07:59
Forward Arrives from Arizona

MOLINE, Ill. (October 1, 2014) – The Quad City Mallards have signed forward Kevin Baker, the Mallards announced today.

Baker, 35, scored 34 goals- tied for third most in the Central Hockey League- and totaled 64 points in 65 games with the Arizona Sundogs last season.  The Kingston, Ontario native also finished fifth in the CHL in power play goals (11) last year.  He went on to score five more goals and tack on nine points in 11 playoff games while pushing the Sundogs to an opening round upset of top-seeded Missouri and a berth in the semi-finals.

“When Arizona and Denver players became available, Kevin was one guy I really wanted to get,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski.  “He’s not just a good player, he’s also a good person, someone who can provide leadership for our younger guys.  He’s someone we can count on to come through when the chips are down.”

The 6’ 1, 192-pound Baker joins the Mallards for his eleventh professional season having produced 276 goals and 327 assists for 603 points in 686 career games.  Along the way, Baker was named 2008-09 ECHL Most Valuable Player and 2005-06 Canadian Interuniversity Sport Player of the Year and twice (in 2006-07 and 2008-09) made the All-ECHL First Team.

Baker has scored 30 or more goals in back-to-back seasons and rung up 27 or more each of the last three years.  In all, he has found the net 30 or more times in a campaign on five occasions and scored at least 27 goals in six of his last seven seasons in North America.

Baker, who was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the seventh round of the 1999 National Hockey League Entry Draft with the one hundred ninety-third overall choice, has played 83 American Hockey League games over the course of his career.  He has scored 21 goals and posted 37 points while wearing the colors of the AHL’s Lowell Lock Monsters, Saint John Flames, Milwaukee Admirals, Toronto Marlies, Rochester Americans and Albany River Rats.

Baker reached the 30-goal plateau in 2012-13 while suiting up for three teams in two leagues.  He played a total of 50 games in the ECHL for the Orlando Solar Bears and Evansville Icemen, registering 22 goals and 39 points before piling up eight goals and 14 points in just 10 games with the Sundogs down the home stretch of the campaign.

In 2011-12, Baker scored 27 goals and produced 56 points in 68 games for the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL.  He headed back across the Atlantic to join the Thunder after an Italian excursion that saw him score 15 goals and put up 36 points in 39 games with Ritten Renon in 2010-11.

Baker’s ECHL MVP season was his most prolific- he led the league in goals (57) and points (102) while helping the Florida Everblades to first place overall in the first of his two campaigns with the club.  That first overall regular season finish was the second in as many seasons for Baker.  In 2007-08, he helped propel the Texas Wildcatters to a tie for the ECHL’s top spot by scoring 29 goals and recording 56 points in only 44 games following his return from Germany, where he had started the campaign with Schwenningen ERC.  It was with the Wildcatters that Baker had made an explosive return to the pro ranks in 2006-07 after a three year hiatus spent at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.  Baker finished 2006-07 tied for fifth in the ECHL in goals (36) and points (81).

Baker was just as successful in the university ranks, scoring 58 goals and notching 103 points in 77 career games for Acadia and winning the Sullivan Trophy as national player of the year in his final season as an Axeman.  He led the nation in goals (24) and finished tied for fifth in points (40) in 2004-05 and finished tied for first nationally in points (47) and second in goals (24) the following season.  Baker helped power Acadia to back-to-back Atlantic University Sport regular season titles in 2005 and 2006 and the conference playoff crown in 2005.  He was named to the 2005-06 All-Canadian first team after earning second team honors in 2004-05 and was also selected to the AUS first all-star team each of those two seasons.

Baker already had two seasons of pro hockey under his belt when he arrived at Acadia.  He broke in with the AHL’s Lock Monsters in 2000-01, scoring six goals and totaling 11 points in 26 games.  He spent the bulk of the following year with the American League’s Flames, scoring 13 times and racking up 20 points in 46 games with time out to score six goals and accumulate 16 points in 18 ECHL games with the Johnstown Chiefs.

Baker turned pro after three junior seasons with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League.  He scored 93 goals and picked up 182 points in 191 career OHL games.  In 1998-99 he finished tied for eighth in the OHL with 44 goals and pocketed a total of 81 points in 68 games.

The Mallards will open their eighteenth season on home ice Friday, October 24 at 7:05 p.m. against the Rapid City Rush.  2014-15 Mallards season tickets are now 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 fifth 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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