By: Mallards Communications Staff
10/13/2016 12:20 PM
The Quad City Mallards have signed forward Alex Petan to a standard player contract, the Mallards announced today.
Last season, Petan enjoyed a stellar senior year at Michigan Tech that saw him named a Second Team All-American, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year, an All-WCHA First Team selection and a top ten finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, which is presented annually to the best college hockey player in the nation. The 24-year North Delta, British Columbia, native led the Huskies to a share of the WCHA regular season title while finishing first in the conference in points (29) and goals (16). Overall, the 5’ 9”, 180-pound Petan led Tech in goals (18) and points (33) and also picked up 15 assists in 36 games. He signed with the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild upon the completion of his college career and added a goal and three assists in ten AHL games to his banner campaign.
“Alex is a very skilled player who knows how to score. He was one of the top players in college hockey last season and had a great college career,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski. “He has done well for Iowa and could be someone who makes an impact for us.”
Petan rang up 54 goals and 74 assists for 128 points in 155 career collegiate games. In 2014-15 he earned All-WCHA Second Team honors while helping Michigan Tech to its first NCAA tournament berth in 34 years by posting collegiate career highs in points (40) and assists (25). Petan made an immediate splash when he was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team in 2012-13.
Before starring on the college stage, Petan played three seasons in the junior ranks with the Burnaby/Coquitlam Express in the British Columbia Hockey League. Petan was named Most Valuable Player of the BCHL’s Coastal Conference in 2011-12.
Petan joins the Mallards after skating in Iowa’s training camp.
The Mallards will open their twentieth season in the Quad Cities tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. against the Fort Wayne Komets at the iWireless Center. Single game tickets for all regular season home games- including the opener- are now available. Fans can purchase single game tickets in person at the iWireless Center box office, by calling TicketMaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at myqcmallards.net. In addition, Mallards 2016-17 season tickets remain available. Season ticket holders enjoy significant savings on the walk-up ticket price and receive a host of exclusive benefits. For more season ticket information, fans can contact the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.