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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 5:00 pm

Sad day: Mallards to quit playing

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

It’s a sad ending to hockey in the Quad Cities. The Mallards have decided to cease operations after this season. According to the Quad City Times, owner Jordan Melville’s heart isn’t in it anymore because of personal and financial reasons, which include losses of about $1 million this season.

The NBA should pay attention. This once vibrant market was killed by the NHL bringing its American Hockey League in, and it happened quickly, and this is the sort of thing happening with the G League.

I really almost find this unfathomable; Fort Wayne and the Quad Cities were one among the marquee cities in all of minor-league sports. Now they can’t even hold a team in Moline?

The ECHL had some good news, adding St. John’s, Newfoundland, yet another former AHL team to the fray.

The Central Division, in which the Komets play, next season will include: Cincinnati Cyclones, Fort Wayne Komets, Indy Fuel, Kalamazoo Wings, Toledo Walleye, Wheeling Nailers.