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Las Vegas–Today the ECHL affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights have announced that they are closing it’s door at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

Just last year well before the start of the inaugural season of the Golden Knights announced along with their AHL partner the Chicago Wolves on an affiliation agreement between the Quad City Mallards.

The deal between the two hockey clubs was originally a multi-year affiliation. This marked the end an era with the Minnesota Wild organization that lasted four seasons prior.

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Quad City has informed that ECHL the organization will cease operations after the completion of the current season and Mallards owner Jordan Melville declared this as a tough decision.

Mr. Melville took ownership of the franchise 6 seasons ago in 2012 and a few years following that helped team make an adjustment into the ECHL.

The Mallards are currently dead last in the ECHL’s Central Division with a 20-37-3-1 record which is not a good one in franchises last year in the league. This ends a five year consecutive run of the franchise being participants in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.

Below is a statement from Mallards owner Melville on his decision to close up shop.

“This was an extraordinarily difficult decision to reach and one that I arrived at only after lengthy deliberation and a lot of soul searching,” said Melville.

Melville added to his remarks on how this became a situation in which he was unable to support the operation from a financial standpoint.

“In the end it became clear I would no longer be able to make the financial commitment required for the team to continue and that, as hard as it was to reach this conclusion, the time has come to cease operations.”  Melville continued.

For the Golden Knights and Chicago Wolves, heading into the next season they will need to find a new ECHL partner franchise to help out with the development of prospects. If they don’t then most likely they will just loan out players to other clubs around the ECHL providing there is space for them to play.

The Mallards have 11 games left in their final season with just five of those at home. It’s going to be an emotional one for their fans knowing how that there is not many home games remaining in the current campaign.

Their last home game at TaxSlayer Center is scheduled for April 7 when they host the Cincinnati Cyclones at 7:05 pm CDT.

Vegas Knights of The Roundtable will provide coverage of that contest and will publish the postgame report on the website.

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