The Quad City Mallards have signed forward Todd Fiddler, the Mallards announced today.
Fiddler, 21, last season finished tied for second in the Western Hockey League in goals (50) and tied for sixth in points (98). The 5’ 11”, 210-pound Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan native split what was his final junior season between the Moose Jaw Warriors and Prince George Cougars before turning professional in time to score twice in eight ECHL games with the Colorado Eagles at the tail end of the campaign.
“In his last two years in major junior, Todd scored over 90 goals. You don’t do that just by being lucky,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski. “He’s smart and he positions himself well. With the right centerman he could be a very productive player for us.”
In just over four seasons, Fiddler scored 127 goals and added 114 assists for 241 points in 280 career WHL games. He enjoyed a breakout season with the Spokane Chiefs when he scored 42 goals and totaled 77 points in 70 games in 2012-13 after producing a dozen goals and 28 points in 73 games while playing for both the Chiefs and Prince Albert Raiders in 2011-12. After breaking into the WHL by playing one game for the Medicine Hat Tigers in 2009-10, Fiddler the following year scored 23 times and totaled 38 points in 70 games with Prince Albert in his first full major junior season.
With Fiddler’s arrival, the Mallards’ roster now consists of 21 players- 12 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. Fiddler joins fellow forwards Kevin Baker, Justin Fox, Evan Haney, Jeff Lee, Paxton Leroux, Joe Perry, Antti Pusa, Johnny Rogic, Kyle Thomas, Garrett Vermeersch and Ben Woodley; defensemen Jannik Chistensen, Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel, Matt Duffy, Nick Grasso, Darren McMIllan, Mike Monfredo and Nicolas Rioux; and goaltenders Parker Milner and Evan Mosher.
The Mallards will open their first ECHL season on home ice Friday, October 24 at 7:05 p.m. against the Rapid City Rush. Next Friday is also the season’s first $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X and MetroLINK. Fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $1 beers from iWireless Center concession stands during the Mallards’ match-up with the Rush.
Single game tickets for each of the Mallards 36 regular season home games- including the opener- are on sale now at the iWireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000. The box office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period. Tickets are available for $10, $16, $20 and $28.