Phil Axtell Mallards Ready for New Season By Herb Trix • Oct 11, 2017 WVIK News Hockey returns to the Quad Cities this weekend. The Mallards will begin their 21st season overall, and 4th in the ECHL, with home games against Toledo and Tulsa. Midwest Week: Mallards Season Wrapup By Herb Trix • May 19, 2017 Sean Flynn Photography/QC Mallards On Midwest Week, on and off the ice, it was a mostly successful season for the Quad City Mallards. Mallards Promote Axtell By Herb Trix • Apr 27, 2017 WVIK News Phil Axtell has been promoted. Thursday the Quad City Mallards announced he'll return as full-time head coach for next season. Mallards Fire Ruskowski By Herb Trix • Jan 20, 2017 WVIK News / WVIK News With a weak record and worried about making the playoffs, the Quad City Mallards have made a major change in personnel. Friday coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski was fired, and replaced by his assistant Phil Axtell.