The Quad City Mallards will have a key piece to their resurgence on the bench for potentially three more years.

The organization announced Wednesday that Ruskowski signed a 2-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season, with an coach’s option for the 2017-18 season. Friday night will mark Ruskowski’s fourth season behind the bench, and he has led the Mallards to the playoffs in his previous three seasons.

Last season, “Rosco” hit the 100-win plateau as Mallards head coach and went 37-28-4-3 in his first season back in the ECHL since 1993-94. In the Mallards final season in the Central Hockey League, he led the Mallards to the President’s Cup Semifinals against the eventual champion Allen Americans.

“We are excited to announce we have extended Terry’s contract,” said Mallards president Bob McNamara.  “He has been an integral part of the Mallards’ resurgence, both on and off the ice.”

“I’m obviously very happy with the extension,” said Ruskowski.  “Everyone knows how I feel about the Quad Cities and the Mallards organization and about the organization extending my contract.  Now it’s time to get to work and get the season going.”

The Mallards will open the season on the road, with games against Allen (Friday) and Wichita (Saturday).

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