The Minnesota Wild announced Tuesday that the Quad City Mallards will serve as the teams primary ECHL affiliate. The move boots the Alaska Aces from the primary affiliation spot, a position they held last season.
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.
The Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League will continue to serve as the Wild’s only AHL affiliate.
“We’re very excited about not only extending our affiliation agreement with the Minnesota and Iowa Wild but also serving as the Wild’s exclusive ECHL affiliate,” said Mallards President Bob McNamara. “Continuing our affiliation will give the fans of the Quad Cities the chance to watch some very exciting Wild prospects at the iWireless Center and give our players a great opportunity to take the next step in their careers.”
The Mallards are coming off an 37-28-4-3 record and a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs in their inaugural season in the ECHL.