October 23, 2012
The Central Hockey League (CHL) announced today that the league has taken control of the Quad City Mallards in an effort to stabilize the current operations, provide funding and evaluate the ownership status in order to keep the club in the Quad Cities at the i wireless Center in Moline, Illinois.
“The CHL is committed to the Quad Cities market and is confident that the long-standing tradition of Mallards hockey can flourish once again,” said Duane Lewis, CHL Commissioner.
The CHL will work alongside current Mallards Executive Vice President Ryan Simmons and the i wireless Center and their General Manager Scott Mullen to run operations of the team.
“We are very appreciative to the building and in particular Scott Mullen for his efforts in helping keep the franchise operating over the past few months as well as to the Mallards staff who has been through a challenging off-season,” added Lewis. “One of the immediate tasks is to hire additional front office staff to complement the current group of employees.”
The Mallards are heading into their third season in the CHL and were originally established in 1995. The organization previously won three league championships and had 50 or more wins in five consecutive seasons. The Flock are 71-58-3 in their two seasons in the CHL and will begin their 2012-13 season on the road in Tulsa on Friday night with their home opener slated for Saturday, October 27 against the Oilers.
“We believe in this market and are fully aware of what strength that a solid organization in Quad Cities can add to our league now and into the future,” said Lewis.