Wild Add Quad Cities Affiliation To A Growing Iowa Hockey Domination

Although the state of Iowa has had a large hockey presence in the USHL for quite some time, it seems as if the Minnesota Wild is beginning to dominate the Hawkeye State in an elaborate plan to annex it into the "State of Hockey."

The Wild announced Tuesday that the team has reached an affiliation agreement with the Quad City Mallards of the Central Hockey League.

“We are excited to announce a new affiliation agreement with the Quad City Mallards,” said Minnesota Wild assistant general manager and Iowa Wild general manager Jim Mill. “The Quad Cities is a great hockey market and provides the Minnesota Wild organization with another first-class option to develop our players

Minnesota has previous affiliation agreements with the Iowa Wild (AHL) in 2013 and Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) in 2012. One reason for adding another minor league affiliate is that the Solar Bears recently doubled up its NHL affiliations with both the Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Instead of just sharing Shades, Minnesota now has a Mallard to go along with a Solar Bear.

The CHL (not to be confused with the similarly initialed Canadian Hockey League) is a ten team league with franchises spread out from Brampton, Ontario to Prescott Valley, Arizona. Despite fewer teams, the CHL is considered to be on a similar level as the ECHL. Half of the teams in the league have NHL affiliates.

Quad City has been a member of the CHL since 2010. The Mallards are, like its parents, based along the Mississippi River and play home games in Moline, Illiinois.

Wait, Illinois? Not one of the Iowa Quad Cities? Maybe this is a new strategy to get into and take over Iowa from the east.

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