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Rioux Joins AHL’s Iowa Wild PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Friday, 31 October 2014 09:59

MOLINE, Ill. (October 29, 2014) – Quad City Mallards defenseman Nicholas Rioux has been signed to a professional tryout agreement by the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, the Mallards announced today.

Rioux, 28, returns to the AHL after playing six games for the Wild last season.  The 6’ 1”, 205-pound Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec, native skated in each of the Mallards’ first three games this year, helping the club start its first ECHL season 2-1-0-0.  Rioux finished eighth among Central Hockey League defensemen in assists (27) last year while also scoring five times to total 32 points in 58 games with the Mallards.  He posted a plus/minus rating of +16.

Rioux joined the Mallards after scoring seven goals and registering 27 points with a plus/minus of +3 for the CHL’s Bloomington Blaze in 2012-13.  The durable Rioux played in each of the Blaze’s 66 regular season games and missed just a single game over his first two professional campaigns.

Rioux first played under Ruskowski as a rookie with the CHL’s Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees in 2011-12.  Rioux scored five times, produced 21 points and turned in a plus/minus of +5 in his first professional season.

Rioux turned pro after a three-year college career at St. Cloud State during which he totaled three goals and four assists in 26 games.  Rioux played two seasons of junior hockey in the British Columbia League- with the Quesnel Millionaires and Prince George Spruce Kings- before heading to St. Cloud.

The Mallards next play at home Friday evening - Halloween night- at 7:05 against the Cincinnati Cyclones.  Kids 12 and under wearing Halloween costumes to next Friday's tilt will receive free tickets to that game.  Next Friday is also another $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X and MetroLINK.  $1 hot dogs and beer are available at iWireless Center concession stands during all Mallards Friday night home games.

Single game tickets for all remaining Mallards regular season home games- including Friday's- are on sale now at the iWireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.comand Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  The box office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.  Tickets are available for $10, $16, $20 and $28.

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 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.net.  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at twitter.com/myqcmallards and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/qcmallards.

 
Smart App Allows Coaches to Track and Assign Goals for their Student Athletes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janet Dufour   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:00
San Diego, CA - October 23, 2014 - Every team has goals, every player has goals, every Coach knows that goals result in better performance. Whether those goals are physical or academic, everyone knows proper goal setting works.  Unfortunately, the ability to monitor and track goal progress is not as easy as it would seem.  Coaches can teach their players to set goals, but usually the best result is a goal sheet taped to the inside of a gym locker.  How often the goals are read is hard to determine and making sure they were written down correctly isn't always easy.  My Goal Mine, a web based service and fully functional application, provides student athletes, teams, and their coaches, a platform to track and accomplish all of their goals.

My Goal Mine's web based platform and App allows student athletes to set SMART goals, allows coaches to track their goal progress, and even allows coaches to assign goals. By assigning goals, a coach can help a player in an area that needs attention, such as having a player read for two hours a day, or see a tutor for a specific subject they might be having trouble with.,  The coach can then track the progress.  Every day the player opens their email, or the My Goal Mine APP to read their goals, the player gets a point. The teams coach has a dashboard showing how many goals each player has and how many points they have accrued.   Student Athletes can even share their goal achievement or show their peers what goals they are trying to obtain by posting on Social Media sites such as Facebook.
The Goal Setting Platform provides businesses such as popular local Eateries, local Real Estate Agents, Sporting Goods Shops, or other SMBs the ability to sponsor the high school or college.  The sponsorship is affordable and provides sponsors the ability to reach the local student athletes by having their logo and hyperlink displayed on each players' goal setting page.   Every day the student athletes read their goals, the local SMB gets an impression.  Moreover, when a student athlete wants to share goal achievement--or goals they are trying to accomplish--on a Social Media platform such as Facebook, the SMB is recognized as the schools sponsor.  This high exposure, affordable sponsorship will allow every student athlete and coach across the nation to have a web/APP based goal setting program.  The school wins, the players win, and the local SMB wins. It is truly a win/win/win situation.

In the first beta test of the My Goal Mine App student athletes reported a raise in GPA by a full .6; meaning if a student was getting a 2.0, it jumped to a 2.6 by the end of the season.  The power of goal setting is the surest way to elevate performance. Every business owner knows the importance of goals; and fortunately with todays' technology, local business owners can help every player across the nation learn and reap the benefits of proper goal setting.

To help your local student athletes please visit: www.my-goalmine.com.

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MALLARDS ACQUIRE LAMOUREUX PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 12:48

MOLINE, Ill. (October 28, 2014) – The Quad City Mallards have acquired forward Mario Lamoureux from the Ontario Reign in exchange for future considerations, the Mallards announced today.

Lamoureux, 26, scored 20 goals and totaled 40 points in 46 games with the Ontario Reign last season after starting the campaign in Austria with VSV EC, for whom he scored once and added an assist in four games.  Lamoureux also played three American Hockey League games for the Oklahoma City Barons last year.

“Mario is the center I was looking for to complement our top wingers,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski.  “He’s a guy who’s productive and very talented.  I like his attitude because he wants to come here and win.”

Lamoureux was named to the 2012-13 ECHL All-Rookie Team after scoring 25 times and notching 65 points in 71 games for the Reign.  The 5’ 9”, 185-pound native of Grand Forks, North Dakota, broke into the professional ranks at the tail end of the 2011-12 season when he played two games for the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Lamoureux played college hockey in his home town for perennial power North Dakota.  UND qualified for the NCAA tournament each of Lamoureux’s four seasons and in 2011 reached the Frozen Four.  He also helped North Dakota to three consecutive Western Collegiate Hockey Association tournament titles and a pair of conference regular season crowns.  Lamoureux scored 17 goals and produced 46 points in 157 career collegiate games.

Also today, the ECHL announced earlier that Mallards forward Todd Fiddler has been suspended for one game after being assessed a major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct in the Mallards’ game against the Rapid City Rush last Saturday and as a result will miss tonight’s game between the Mallards and Rush in Rapid City.

The Mallards next play at home Friday evening - Halloween night- at 7:05 against the Cincinnati Cyclones.  Kids 12 and under wearing Halloween costumes to next Friday's tilt will receive free tickets to that game.  Next Friday is also another $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X and MetroLINK.  $1 hot dogs and beer are available at iWireless Center concession stands during all Mallards Friday night home games.

Single game tickets for all remaining Mallards regular season home games- including Friday's- are on sale now at the iWireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.comand Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  The box office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.  Tickets are available for $10, $16, $20 and $28.

 

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 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.net.  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at twitter.com/myqcmallards and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/qcmallards.

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Double Rides on the Ferris Wheel Nov. 1! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by River Bandits   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 10:07

The Giant Wheel will take you up 110 feet in the air in an open air gondola that seat up to 6 people. The wheel will spin slowly around offering views of the Mississippi River, Modern Woodmen Park, and downtown Davenport and Rock Island. The ride will be lit at light with an impressive LED light package with millions of color combinations which makes it an entirely different ride at night!

All guests below 42" must be accompanied by a supervising companion. The Giant Wheel requires five amusement coupons to ride.

For each ride, 50 cents will be donated to the Genesis Health Services Foundation, benefiting Camp Genesis, Genesis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Genesis Flu-Free Quad Cities.

IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union members can use the Fastpass line and be the next guests loaded onto the ride by just showing their credit union card.

Amusements Schedule and General Information

 
MALLARDS WEEKLY UPDATE: OCTOBER 20, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:21

THIS WEEK
Friday, October 24, 7:05 p.m.

iWireless Center, Moline

Rapid City Rush vs. Quad City Mallards

 

Saturday, October 25, 7:05 p.m.

iWireless Center, Moline

Rapid City Rush vs. Quad City Mallards

 

Quad City
2013-14: 33-23-10, 76 points
5th place, Central Hockey League
Coach: Terry Ruskowski

Rapid City
2013-14: 39-23-4, 82 points
4th place, Central Hockey League
Coach: Joe Ferras

 

QUACK TRACKS
ECHL

The Mallards moved to the ECHL from the Central Hockey League earlier this month along with the Allen Americans, Brampton Beast, Missouri Mavericks, Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers and Wichita Thunder to form the ECHL’s Central Division.  The ECHL is the fourth different league in which the Mallards have played, following the Colonial/United Hockey League (1995-2007), International Hockey League (2009-2010) and Central Hockey League (2010-2014).

Return

Nine Mallards have previously played in the ECHL: Kevin Baker, Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel, Matt Duffy, Evan Haney, Darren McMillan, Parker Milner, Kyle Thomas, Garrett Vermeersch and Ben Woodley.

Rematch

The Mallards Friday meet the Rush for the first time since April 30 when the Mallards won the seventh and deciding game of the opening round Central Hockey League playoff series between the two clubs 3-2 in Rapid City.  This also marks the second straight season and third time in the last four years the Mallards will open against the Rush.  The Mallards dropped their 2013-14 CHL curtain raiser to the Rush 6-4 on October 19 of last year and lost their first game of the 2011-12 campaign 5-1 to Rapid City.

Home Sweet Home

The Mallards play their first two games and four of their first five at home.  After this weekend’s two game set against the Rush, the Mallards will travel to Rapid City for a rematch next Tuesday.  The Mallards will return home to host the Cincinnati Cyclones- who last year reached the ECHL Kelly Cup finals- on Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1.

Blink of an Eye

Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski Friday night will step behind an ECHL bench for the first time in 7,510 days.  Ruskowski’s final game as coach of the ECHL’s Columbus Chill was a 6-4 second round playoff loss to the Toledo Storm on April 2, 1994.  Since then he has coached in the International Hockey League (Houston Aeros), United Hockey League (Knoxville Speed) and CHL (Mallards, Laredo Bucks and Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees).  

Return, Take 2

Kevin Baker returns to the ECHL with the Mallards this season.  Baker, the 2008-09 ECHL Most Valuable Player, spent the last season plus in the Central Hockey League with the Arizona Sundogs.  Baker last played in the ECHL for the Evansville IceMen in 2013.  Baker has scored 190 goals and added 202 assists for 392 points in 367 career ECHL games for the IceMen, Texas Wildcatters, Florida Everblades, Stockton Thunder and Orlando Solar Bears.

General Lee
Jeff Lee returns for his second season with the Mallards after leading the team in points (60) while playing in all 66 regular season games last season.  Lee will face some old friends when the Mallards meet the Rush this weekend.  He skated for Rapid City as a rookie in 2012-13.

Mac is Back
Defenseman Darren McMillan during the offseason announced his plans to retire after the coming campaign.  McMillan’s final season in professional hockey will be his sixth with the Mallards and his fifth as team captain.   Should he, as expected, take the ice this Friday, the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, native will become the only player who has skated for the team in each of the six seasons since the Mallards returned to the ice in 2009.  McMillan, 34, has played 261 games for the Mallards, sixth most in team history.  He is three games away from catching Rick Emmett- who played 264 times for the Mallards between 1996 and 2001- and moving into a tie for fifth place.  McMillan has missed just three games over the last four seasons.  

Back on the Blue Line

McMillan is, along with Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel, Matt Duffy, Nick Grasso, Darren McMillan, Mike Monfredo and Nicholas Rioux, one of six defenseman returning from last season’s Mallard squad.  In all, nine players are back from last year.  Forwards Lee, Justin Fox and Joe Perry join the blue line sextet in re-upping with the Flock.

Euro Trip

The Mallards have added a pair of Europeans in Russian-born Finnish forward Antti Pusa and Danish defenseman Jannik Christensen.  Pusa split last season between Herning in Denmark and TuTo in Finland after previously playing in France and Austria.  Prior to making the move across the Atlantic, Christensen spent the bulk of his career in his home town with the Esbjerg Energy.

Between the Pipes

The Mallards’ two goaltenders are new to the team this season.  Parker Milner joins the Mallards after turning pro last season with the Stockton Thunder- and also seeing action for the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  Milner’s highly decorated collegiate career climaxed when he backstopped Boston College to the 2012 NCAA title.  Rookie Evan Mosher was named to the All-Canadian second team after shining for Acadia University last season.

Openers

The Mallards have suffered regulation defeats in each of their five home openers since the team returned to the ice in 2009 following a two year interregnum during which the Quad City Flames competed in the American Hockey League.  The Mallards are winless (0-5-1) in their last six home openers.  The Flock last started its home slate with a win on October 21, 2005 while in the United Hockey League when it downed the Motor City Mechanics 4-3 in a shootout.

Home Sweet Home, Take 2
The Mallards went 19-11-3 at home last season after winning exactly 20 home games each of the prior two seasons. 

Special Teams
The Mallards finished last season fourth in the CHL in penalty killing (83.7 percent) and ranked ninth on the power play (14.3 percent).  The Mallards, who scored shorthanded 12 times last season, led the CHL in shorthanded goals each of the last two seasons.

Head to Head

The Mallards went 3-2-1 against Rapid City during the 2013-14 regular season.  The Mallards went 2-1-0 against the Rush on home ice.  All time, the Mallards have gone 12-8-2 overall in the regular season and 7-4-0 at the iWireless Center against the Rush.  Last spring’s seven game battle was the first playoff match-up between the two clubs.

UPCOMING HOME GAMES
Friday, October 24, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Rapid City
$1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday presented by 97X and MetroLINK
Beginning with opening night, fans again this season will enjoyed $1 hot dogs and beers from iWireless Center concession stands during all Friday home games.  97X will follow in the spirit of the evening by presenting hot dog-themed intermission entertainment.

 

Saturday, October 25, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Rapid City

Rush Rematch

The Mallards and Rush will no doubt ramp up their rivalry when they meet for the second time in as many nights.

ON THE AIR
Fox Sports Radio 1230 is the radio home of Mallards Hockey Presented by Genesis Power Sports Performance.  Mallards games broadcast on AM 1230 also stream live online at www.wfxn.net.  A limited number of Mallards games will not air on Fox Sports Radio 1230 due to conflicts with University of Illinois basketball and football and Green Bay Packer football.  ECHL-TV pay-per-view video webcasts of all Mallards games are also available at myqcmallards.net.

TICKETS
Single Game Tickets
Single game tickets for all Mallards regular season contests are now available.  Fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information about tickets.  Single game tickets are also available at the iWireless Center box office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through www.ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free.  The box 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.

Group Tickets
Groups of at least ten receive savings off the walk-up price and a host of group benefits.  Mallards group tickets are a great fit for youth organizations, friends, co-workers, family groups, religious groups, school functions and business events.  For more group ticket information, fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or info@myqcmallards.com.

 

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