Today is a sad day for hockey fans in the Quad Cities. After more than two decades of great hockey, the Quad City Mallards will be hanging up their skates after this season.

Team owner Jordan Melville broke the news this morning on the Dwyer & Michaels Morning Show. “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. “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.”

The Mallards have been a Quad Cities staple for 23 years and definitely left a mark. The team routinely made it to the playoffs, won several cups in their heyday, and in general has a great history of hockey.  Sadly the wins didn't pile up this year, but on the ice, the effort was there every single game.  I was certainly impressed with the team's play and how they never quit, and that's worthy of one helluva send off.

For now the Mallards name will remain in limbo until, hopefully, a new team owner steps up and takes the reins.

You still have time to see the Flock before they call it quits. There are five home games left this season with two this week:

  • March 14th vs Toledo Walleye
  • March 16th vs Toledo Walleye (97X Night - $2 Beer/Dogs)
  • April 4th vs Rapid City Rush
  • April 6th vs Kalamazoo Wings (97X Night - $2 Beer/Dogs)
  • April 7th vs Cincinnati Cyclones

Tickets available online or at the TaxSlayer Center Box Office.