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Mallards Add Netminder Rimmer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Friday, 04 October 2013 14:42

MOLINE, Ill. (October 2, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards have signed goaltender Ty Rimmer, the Mallards announced today.

“Ty is an outstanding goaltender who’s spent his life proving to people he could play as he’s shown this year by going to Edmonton Oilers camp and doing well there,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski.  “He works very hard so we’re happy to have him.  Even though he wasn’t drafted, he was a Western Hockey League All-Star a couple of years ago, so he has already proven a lot of people wrong.”

Rimmer, 21, joins the Mallards after skating in the training camp of not only the National Hockey League’s Oilers, but also the American Hockey League’s Oklahoma City Barons.  Rimmer got his first taste of professional hockey last spring when he played one game for the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs after completing his junior career with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL.  The 5’ 11”, 170-pound Edmonton native last season led the WHL in minutes played (3,836) and total saves (2,106) while posting 3.19 goals against average, a .912 save percentage, a record of 24-30-10 and one shutout in 65 games with the Hurricanes.

The 2011-12 campaign was especially successful for Rimmer, who earned WHL First Team All-Star honors after leading the league in goals against average (2.43) and save percentage (.922), finishing tied for first in shutouts (5) and finishing tied for eighth in wins while going 31-12-1 in 46 games for the Tri-City Americans.  His standout efforts helped propel the Americans to the United States Division title.

Over three-plus Western League seasons- during which he also played for the Brandon Wheat Kings and Prince George Cougars in addition to the Americans and Hurricanes- Rimmer went 74-65-14 in 159 games and turned in a 3.01 goals against average, a .910 save percentage and ten shutouts.  Before becoming a WHL workhorse, Rimmer spent parts of two seasons in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the St. Albert Steel and Bonnyville Pontiacs.

The Mallards further announced today that goaltender Philippe Trudeau, who signed with the club last month, has elected to return to junior hockey.  In addition, the start time for this Friday’s scrimmage between the AHL’s Iowa Wild and Milwaukee Admirals at the iWireless Center has been changed to 2:30 p.m.

The Mallards will open their seventeenth season- and their fourth in the CHL- when they host the Rapid City Rush on Saturday night, October 19 at 7:05 p.m.  Tickets for the season opener and all other Mallards regular season home games are 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.

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Mallards Sign Forward Duo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 15:28

MOLINE, Ill. (October 1, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards have signed centers Gergo Nagy and Gabriel Levesque, the Mallards announced today.

Nagy, 23, has 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.

“Gergo is a very good-sized centerman who skates well and is a really good playmaker and goal scorer,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski.  “With his size and experience in pro leagues in Europe, we look forward to him having a great season with us and being a player we can count on.”

A native of Dunaujvaros, Hungary, 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.

Levesque, 23, last season scored nine goals and totaled 31 points in 65 games with the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder.  The 5’ 6”, 160-pound Levesque broke into professional hockey with the Thunder in 2012-13, scoring nine times and notching 23 points in 26 games.

“Gabriel is a smaller center who is quick, smart and sees the ice very well,” said Ruskowski.  “He’s a great playmaker who in his last year in the Quebec [Major Junior Hockey] League was second in scoring.”

Levesque played four seasons in the QMJHL.  The Montreal product capped off his junior career in 2010-11 with a superlative season that saw him play 68 games with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and lead the league in assists (70) and finish tied for ninth in goals (37) in addition to finishing second in point scoring (107).  Levesque, who spent his first three junior campaigns with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, recorded 78 goals, 167 assists and 245 points in 253 career QMJHL games.  He helped Rouyn-Noranda to a first overall finish and a berth in the President’s Cup Finals in 2007-08 and to a Western Division title in 2009-10.

The Mallards will open their seventeenth season- and their fourth in the CHL- when they host the Rapid City Rush on Saturday night, October 19 at 7:05 p.m.  Tickets for the season opener and all other Mallards regular season home games are 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

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MALLARDS' TRAINING CAMP OPENS NEXT MONDAY PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Kersten   
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 13:46

MOLINE, Ill. (October 1, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards will open their 2013 training camp next Monday, October 7, the Mallards announced today.

The Mallards will begin training camp with double sessions next Monday and Tuesday at the iWireless Center.  The team will hit the ice from 9:00 a.m. to noon and from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. both days.  Camp will shift to the River’s Edge in Davenport for single practices from 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  The Mallards enjoy an off day next Saturday, October 12.

The second week of camp kicks off at the River’s Edge when the Mallards return to the ice on Sunday, October 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Camp returns to the i wireless Center October 14, 15 and 16.  The Mallards will skate at the River’s Edge again on October 17 and 18 before opening the regular season on home ice against the Rapid City Rush on Saturday, October 19 at 7:05 p.m.

All training camp sessions are open to the public free of charge.

Tickets for the season opener and all other Mallards regular season home games are 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.

The 2013-14 season will be the Mallards’ seventeenth- and their fourth in the Central Hockey League.  Season tickets as well as half season tickets and flex packs are 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.  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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Support the Iowa State Fairgrounds PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Drew Norton   
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 13:02

DES MOINES, IA (09/30/2013)(readMedia)-- The seventh annual Fairgrounds 5K will take place on Sunday, November 3, 2013 on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Runners, joggers and walkers will have the opportunity to experience the Fairgrounds' park-like setting without the hustle and bustle of the Fair. Nothing compares to an Iowa State Fair corndog and this is your chance to enjoy one guilt free.

The 5K run's scenic race route will take you down the Grand Concourse, around the livestock barns and through the hills of the Campgrounds. Awards will be given to winners in different age groups and to the overall male and female runners. Official RFID timing will be used for the race.

Fair-lovers can also participate in the one mile walk. Take a nice stroll through the beautiful Fairgrounds. All participants in the walk will be entered into a drawing for prizes.

Just like the Iowa State Fair, the 5K event is for the entire family. Kids are able to participate in the Chase the Cow Kids' Run. All kids will receive a participation ribbon and a t-shirt. To make it even more fun, the kids will chase a cow mascot to the finish line!

"In August, the Fairgrounds are filled with great people, music, entertainment, rides and the best food we all look forward to every year. The 5K is the perfect opportunity for Iowans to see how one of a kind our Fairgrounds are while the Fair is not going on and also support its preservation and renovation," said Peter Cownie, Blue Ribbon Foundation's new Executive Director. "I encourage all runners, walkers, and avid Fair-goers to take part in this special event."

Volunteers will be needed on race day to help with route directions, water stations, at the finish line and other areas. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Drew at 515-262-3111 Ext. 675 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Online registration for the Fairgrounds 5K is available at www.BlueRibbonFoundation.org. For more information about the Fairgrounds 5K or the Blue Ribbon Foundation, please visit our website or call 1-800-450-3732.

The Blue Ribbon Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Since its inception in 1993, the Foundation has generated more than $95 million for renovations and improvements to the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

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AHL’s Iowa Wild, Milwaukee Admirals Play Exhibition Friday at iWireless Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:34

MOLINE, Ill. (September 30, 2013) – The American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild and Milwaukee Admirals will play an exhibition game this Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the iWireless Center in Moline, the Quad City Mallards announced today.  Admission to the game is free.

The Mallards last month entered into an affiliation agreement with both the Iowa Wild and the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild.  The Iowa Wild will open their first AHL regular season on October 12 against the Oklahoma City Barons.  The Admirals will begin their campaign on October 11 against the Abbotsford Heat.

The Mallards will open their season on Friday, October 19 at 7:05 p.m. against the Rapid City Rush at the iWireless Center.  Tickets for the season opener and all other regular season home games are 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.

The 2013-14 season will be the Mallards’ seventeenth- and their fourth in the Central Hockey League.  Season tickets as well as half season tickets and flex packs are 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.  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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