The Minnesota Wild now has three North American professional hockey options for prospects not playing in St. Paul. In addition to the AHL’s Iowa Wild and ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears, the Wild have added a “single A” club in the Central Hockey League’s (CHL) Quad City Mallards.
Per the Wild’s website:
The Minnesota Wild has a new minor league affiliate where it can place prospects looking to develop, while hoping to one day get a shot in the NHL.
The Wild announce an affiliation agreement with the Quad City Mallards of the Central Hockey League (CHL).
“We are excited to announce a new affiliation agreement with the Quad City Mallards,” said Minnesota Wild assistant to the general manager and Iowa Wild general manager Jim Mill. “The Quad Cities is a great hockey market and provides the Minnesota Wild organization with another first-class option to develop our players.”
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). The Wild also has an affiliation agreement with the Orlando Solar Bears in the ECHL.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to work with both the Minnesota and Iowa Wild,” said Mallards president Bob McNamara. “The Wild is a strong organization and we are pleased they have recognized the Mallards and coach [Terry] Ruskowski can be valuable assets for their player development system. We are looking forward not only to working with Wild prospects and playing our part in their development but also to giving the fans of the Quad Cities the opportunity to see those players take the ice for the Mallards.”