Today the Vegas Golden Knights organization along with General Manager George McPhee have announced that they are moving forward with an agreement with ECHL franchise Quad City Mallards for the 2017-2018 hockey season.
The deal between the two hockey clubs is a multi-year affiliation. This news comes within weeks apart from each other, when Vegas and Chicago-based AHL franchise the Wolves reached a 5-year partnership.
Golden Knights GM McPhee praised the excitement of teaming up with Quad City for the upcoming hockey campaign.
“We are excited to add the ECHL’s Quad City Mallards as an affiliate,” said Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee. “We believe that between the Mallards and our AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, our players will effectively develop in each of those systems. Quad City has a rich hockey history and we are pleased to have entered into an affiliation relationship with them in our first season.”
For the Mallards organization, President and General Manager Bob McNamara echoed his own enthusiasm in the agreement that his club made today with Vegas.
“I am very familiar with people in both organizations, so I am confident this affiliation will be a great fit for the Mallards,” said Mallards President and General Manager Bob McNamara. “We’re very excited to have the unique opportunity to work with the Golden Knights from day one and equally thrilled to affiliate with one of the AHL’s flagship franchises in the Wolves.”
As for the Chicago Wolves organization, they too are happy with the decision in the relationship with Vegas and Quad City going forward.
“We’ve had a really good relationship with Quad City over the years,” said Wolves General Manager Wendell Young. “We’ve had an informal arrangement to put players there and I’ve consulted with their management and coaching staff frequently. They’ve been very accommodating and we‘ve always tried to help them out, too, but now it’s official.” Per Chicago Wolves
Previously the Mallards were affiliated with the Minnesota Wild and Iowa Wild organizations during the 2013 thru 2017 seasons.
In their last season in the Minnesota organization, Quad City finished 3rd in their division with a 40-28-2-2 record at 84 points.
They also played in 5 games during the Kelly Cup Playoffs where the Mallards had a 1-3-1 record and got dispatched by the Fort Wayne Komets.
Thru 1995-2007, the Mallards were members of a league that no longer exists, the United Hockey League which ended up folding in 2010. That league was replaced by the Central Hockey League.
The Mallards had 6 consecutive seasons which was impressive in UHL where they had won 50 plus games from 1996-97 thru 2001-02 campaigns.
When they were members of the UHL, Quad City captured three Colonial/Turner Cup champions (1997, 1998, and 2001).
Quad City also captured the UHL’s equivalent to the NHL’s President Trophy 4-times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002). The UHL called their regular season trophy the Tarry Cup.
Mallards did not play during the 2007-2008 hockey season due to ceasing operations for the incoming Quad City Flames that was the Calgary Flames partner in the AHL.
Like their AHL affiliate Chicago Wolves, Quad City also played in the International Hockey League for 2009-2010 season. They also had a short stint in CHL from the 2010-2014 campaign before that member league joined the ECHL.
Included in this arrangement between Golden Knights and Quad City is that they will be able to shuttle players during the 2017-18 season.