Des Moines, IA – The Iowa Wild, in conjunction with the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the Central Hockey League’s Quad City Mallards, announced on Tuesday an affiliation agreement beginning in 2013-14.
“We are excited to announce a new affiliation agreement with the Quad City Mallards,” said Minnesota Wild Assistant General To The Manager and Iowa Wild General Manager Jim Mill. “The Quad Cities is a great hockey market and provides the Minnesota Wild organization with another first-class option to develop our players.”
Under the affiliation agreement, the Mallards will serve as a resource for the development efforts and personnel needs of both the Iowa and Minnesota Wild. The agreement allows for Wild prospects to be assigned to the Mallards for developmental purposes throughout the season. Minnesota’s primary development affiliate is the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL). The Wild also has an affiliation agreement with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to work with both the Minnesota and Iowa Wild,” said Mallards president Bob McNamara. “The Wild is a strong organization and we are pleased they have recognized the Mallards and coach [Terry] Ruskowski can be valuable assets for their player development system. We are looking forward not only to working with Wild prospects and playing our part in their development but also to giving the fans of the Quad Cities the opportunity to see those players take the ice for the Mallards.”
About the Quad City Mallards
The Mallards will open their seventeenth season – their fourth in the Central Hockey League – when they host the Rapid City Rush on Saturday night, October 19. One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League (UHL) from 1995 through 2007 and in the International Hockey League (IHL) 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
The Iowa Wild begins its Inaugural season in October of 2013. Season tickets to see the Wild play at Wells Fargo Arena start at just $9 per game. For more information on tickets, please contact the Wild ticket office by calling 515-564-8700 or go to www.iowawild.com. Opening Night is scheduled for Saturday, October 12th at 7:05 p.m. against the Oklahoma City Barons.