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
About the Quad City Mallards
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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.