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Defenseman Nicholas Rioux has returned to the Quad City Mallards from the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, the Mallards announced today.
Rioux, who was called up last week, rejoins the Mallards after playing three games for the Wild.
The 28-year old skated in the Mallards’ first three games this year. Last season Rioux finished eighth among Central Hockey League defensemen in assists (27) while also scoring five times to total 32 points in 58 games with the Mallards. The 6’ 1”, 205-pound Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec, native posted a plus/minus rating of +16. Rioux played eight games for Iowa last season.
Rioux joined the Mallards after scoring seven goals and registering 27 points with a plus/minus of +3 for the CHL’s Bloomington Blaze in 2012-13. The durable Rioux played in each of the Blaze’s 66 regular season games and missed just a single game over his first two professional campaigns.
Rioux first played under Mallard coach Terry Ruskowski as a rookie with the CHL’s Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees in 2011-12. Rioux scored five times, produced 21 points and turned in a plus/minus of +5 in his first professional season.
Rioux turned pro after a three-year college career at St. Cloud State during which he totaled three goals and four assists in 26 games. Rioux played two seasons of junior hockey in the British Columbia League- with the Quesnel Millionaires and Prince George Spruce Kings- before heading to St. Cloud.
The Mallards meet the Beast in Brampton tonight. The Mallards next play at home Wednesday, November 19 at 7:05 p.m. against the Tulsa Oilers. Fans can purchase four tickets to Wednesday Mallard home games for just $20. In addition, after each Wednesday home contest, fans can join the Mallards at T.G.I. Friday’s on River Drive in Moline- adjacent to the iWireless Center- for a postgame party.
Single game tickets for all remaining Mallards regular season home games- including the November 19 tilt- 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.