The Minnesota Wild announced an affiliation agreement with the Quad City Mallards in the ECHL.
“We’re excited to announce this new agreement and continue our partnership with the Mallards,” said Wild Assistant General Manager Brent Flahr. “Quad City offers a great organization that will provide our players an excellent opportunity to continue their development.”
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). Quad City served as a CHL affiliate for the Wild in 2013-14 and were a secondary ECHL affiliate in 2014-15. Minnesota’s primary ECHL affiliate last season was the Alaska Aces.
“We’re very excited about not only extending our affiliation agreement with the Minnesota and Iowa Wild but also serving as the Wild’s exclusive ECHL affiliate,” said Mallards President Bob McNamara. “Continuing our affiliation will give the fans of the Quad Cities the chance to watch some very exciting Wild prospects at the iWireless Center and give our players a great opportunity to take the next step in their careers.”
About the Quad City Mallards
The Quad City Mallards will open their nineteenth season- and their second in the ECHL- on the road against the Allen Americans on Friday, October 16 before returning to the Quad Cities for their home opener on Friday, October 23 against the Tulsa Oilers. 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, please visit here. Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.