Mallards Affiliation Agreement
August 27, 2013
The Quad City Mallards are now affiliated with two professional hockey teams. Tuesday the team announced it signed a player development agreement with the National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League's Iowa Wild.
Mallards president Bob McNamara says this is a great opportunity for all teams involved.
"Obviously geographically it makes a lot of sense," said McNamara, "With the Wild's American League team now in Des Moines, just a few hours up the road, and obviously Minnesota being a Midwestern team. We're hoping to provide an opportunity for the Wild to develop players here in the Quad Cities. We can be a resource for them when they have injuries, and they need a player on short notice, we can get them up there."
Iowa Wild's general manager, Jim Mills, is also the Minnesota Wild's assistant general manager. He says the deal will allow young prospects from both teams to develop their skills while playing for the Mallards.
"Critical for our decision here was the great ownership group here," said Mills. "Also it's about a building. The building's wonderful, and I know that Bob McNamara has a great relationship with the building. It's obviously a nice facility. Great history here in the Quad Cities as well. It's a very, very strong hockey market, and I know it's well on it's way on being back and making a great name for itself."
The Minnesota Wild first joined the NHL in 2000, and have had nine winning seasons in the past ten years. The Des Moines-based Iowa Wild franchise is brand new and will begin its first season in the American Hockey League this fall.
The Quad City Mallards will open their 17th season, and their fourth season in the Central Hockey League. On October 19th, the team will host the Rapid City Rush in its first game of the season.