The Quad City Mallards hockey team will cease operations following the end of the current season, owner Jordan Melville announced Tuesday.
"This was an extraordinarily difficult decision to reach and one that I arrived at only after lengthy deliberation and a lot of soul searching,” said Melville. “In the end it became clear I would no longer be able to make the financial commitment required for the team to continue and that, as hard as it was to reach this conclusion, the time has come to cease operations."
Melville took over ownership of the Mallards in 2012 and two years later guided the team through its transition to the ECHL.
"As sad as it is to reach the end of this road, the five-plus years I have owned the Mallards have been a remarkable experience and I am incredibly thankful to our fans for their tremendous support during that time and our players and staff for their tireless efforts. The TaxSlayer Center has been a great partner and I owe a great deal of gratitude to all of our partners as well as the Quad Cities as whole. I will always be grateful for the time I’ve been able to spend in the Quad Cities over the last five years."
The Mallards have 11 regular season games remaining, five of which are at home. They will finish the regular season with a home game on Saturday, April 7.
"We will make certain that all of our commitments to our partners, ticket holders and other stake holders are honored,” said Melville. “We will also work hard to insure that fans attending each of our remaining home games will have the same kind of memorable experience they’ve come to expect from a night of Mallards hockey."
The team is currently in last place in their division within the ECHL league, with 20 wins and 41 losses.
The original Mallards franchise played in the Quad Cities from 1995 to 2007. That team won three championships, in 1997, 1998, and 2001.