Minor league hockey is set to return to the Quad Cities later this year under a new name: the Quad City Storm.
Team owners John Dawson and Ryan Mosley announced the new team name Thursday at the Tax Slayer Center in Moline, where the team will begin play in October.
In addition to unveiling a logo—a dark gray tornado with brooding yellow eyes—Dawson and Mosley also introduced the team president: Gwen Tombergs. A native of Eldridge, Iowa, Tombergs previously worked for the Quad City Thunder, a professional basketball team that played in the Continental Basketball Association from 1987 to 2001.
The Storm will succeed the Quad City Mallards, which ceased operations in March after team owner Jordan Melville said he was losing $1 million a year on the franchise.
The team will play in the Southern Professional Hockey League, which has 10 teams primarily located throughout the southeastern United States.
28 home games are scheduled for the Storm in their inaugural season, beginning October 20th against the Peoria Rivermen.
After the league solicited suggestions for a team name, nine people submitted "Storm" for consideration. The team will randomly select four of those fans to receive team-signed jerseys, among other prizes.