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The Quad City Mallards have signed forward Sam Warning while goaltender Brody Hoffman has been reassigned to the Mallards by the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild and forward Zach Pochiro has been reassigned to the Mallards from the AHL’s Chicago Wolves by the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues, the Mallards announced today. In addition, the Mallards have released goaltender Adam Morrison and goaltender Niklas Lundstrom has been recalled by St. Louis.
Warning, 22, scored 12 goals and added 12 assists for 24 points in 39 games as a senior at the University of Minnesota last season. The 5’ 10”, 180-pound Chesterfield, Missouri, native scored 40 goals and picked up 57 assists to total 97 points in 146 career games as a Golden Gopher.
Warning earned All-Big Ten Honorable Mention after scoring 14 times, collecting 20 assists and producing 34 points in 39 games in 2013-14. He was also named to the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team after helping Minnesota to the Frozen Four for the second time in three seasons. Warning and the Gophers claimed conference regular season titles and NCAA tournament bids each his first three seasons as a Gopher. Warning was also named to conference all-academic teams each of his final three collegiate campaigns.
Warning arrived at Minnesota after spending two junior seasons with the United States Hockey League’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Warning recorded 24 goals, 19 assists and 43 points in 56 games as the RoughRiders finished first overall in the USHL in 2010-11.
Hoffman, 24, last season went 13-6-2 with a superb 2.06 goals against average, a sterling .922 save percentage and one shutout in 22 games for the University of Vermont. The 6’ 4”, 195-pound Wilkie, Saskatchewan, native finished his Catamount career second in school history in goals against average (2.45) and save percentage (.914). Hoffman went 34-33-9 with three shutouts in 78 games over three collegiate seasons. As a sophomore he helped UVM to a berth in the 2014 NCAA tournament. Hoffman was also named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team in both 2012-13 and 2013-14.
Before arriving in Burlington, Hoffman played all or part of four seasons in the junior ranks for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League and the Nipawin Hawks and- briefly- Notre Dame Hounds- of the Saskatchewan Hockey League.
Pochiro, 21, started last season with the Alaska Aces before returning to the junior ranks with the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League in November. The 6’ 2”, 170-pound Las Vegas native last year scored 19 times and pocketed 23 assists for 42 points in 41 games with Prince George after notching a pair of assists in eight games with Alaska.
Pochiro made his professional debut at the end of the 2013-14 season with the Kalamazoo Wings. He had two assists in eight games with the Wings after setting junior career highs in goals (27), assists (39) and points (66) in 63 games for the Cougars during that campaign.
Pochiro piled up 61 goals, 61 assists and 122 points in 179 career WHL games.
Neither Lundstrom nor Morrison saw action last weekend as the Mallards opened the season with a win in Allen last Friday night and a shootout loss last Saturday evening in Wichita.
The Mallards play their home opener Friday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Tulsa Oilers. An opening night fireworks show outside the iWireless Center will follow Friday night’s game. Friday also brings the return of $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X. In addition, Every Friday game this season will be a MetroLINK College Night. The Mallards have once again partnered with Metro to provide transit service between Augustana College and downtown Moline during all Friday home games. As part of Metro’s unlimited ride program, Augustana riders can use their Augustana ID as their fare.
Friday night’s home opener is just the start of a weekend packed with Mallards action at the iWireless Center. Saturday evening is Harris Pizza Anti-Bullying Night as the Mallards and Oilers meet again at 7:05 p.m. Area elementary school students who have signed the SCORE anti-bullying pledge will receive free tickets to that tilt.
The Quad Cities this summer were named number one minor league market in the nation. The Mallards will join with the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau to thank the fans of the Quad Cities- without whom this achievement would not have been possible- by offering 50 percent off all tickets to the Mallards’ game Sunday at 4:05 p.m. against the Wichita Thunder. After that contest fans can join the Mallards on the ice. Skate with the Mallards is presented by B100.
Single game tickets for all Mallards regular season home games- including this weekend’s tilts- 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. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available for $10, $16, $20 and $28.
Mallards 2015-16 season tickets are also still available. Season ticket holders enjoy significant savings off 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 email@example.com.