Quad City Storm

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Quad City Storm
2019–20 SPHL season
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CityMoline, Illinois
LeagueSouthern Professional Hockey League
Founded2009
Home arenaTaxSlayer Center
Owner(s)Ryan Mosley and John Dawson
Head coachDave Pszenyczny
CaptainDean Yakura
Websitewww.quadcitystorm.com
Franchise history
2009–2016Louisiana IceGators
2018–presentQuad City Storm

The Quad City Storm is a professional minor league hockey team to begin play in the 2018–19 season as a member of the Southern Professional Hockey League. The team is based in the Quad Cities area of Illinois and Iowa, with home games at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Illinois. The team replaces the ECHL's Quad City Mallards after the ownership ceased operations of the team in 2018.

History[edit]

In 2018, the Quad City Mallards's owner Jordan Melville stated he was folding the team after losing about US$4 million since he became the sole owner in 2013.[1] On May 24, 2018, local ownership consisting of Ryan Mosley and John Dawson[2] obtained a franchise in the Southern Professional Hockey League to replace the Mallards at the TaxSlayer Center for the 2018–19 season by purchasing the franchise rights of the defunct Louisiana IceGators.[3][4] Former original Mallards' owner Howard Cornfield was brought on as a consultant.[2] The team hired longtime SPHL player Dave Pszenyczny as their inaugural head coach. As the Mallards name was unavailable due to the ECHL retaining the trademark for brand,[5] the new team held a name-the-team contest with new name announced as the Quad City Storm on June 21.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Quad-City Mallards to cease operations at end of season". Quad-City Times. March 13, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "UPDATE: Hockey will stay in the Quad Cities, be locally owned". KWQC. May 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "New hockey team coming to QC is part of Southern Professional Hockey League". WQAD-TV. May 23, 2018.
  4. ^ "SPHL adding Quad City for 2018-2019 season". SPHL. May 23, 2018.
  5. ^ "Storm's a coming: Quad-Cities hockey franchise unveils new name". The Dispatch / The Rock Island Argus. June 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "New Quad-City hockey team will be called the Quad-City Storm". The Dispatch / The Rock Island Argus. June 21, 2018.

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