Womens perspective DekHockey

In the three years since QC DekHockey began, the sport has not only grown for men, but for women as well. The QC DekHockey has recently gone from one dek to two, and has added another division for men and another womens team.

“Construction as completed on August 14th, because we started the season the day after with the juniors. It took about three weeks to do the flipping over and construct both rinks again. It went quickly,” founder Pat Levesque told the Chieftain. Continue reading “Womens perspective DekHockey”

Mallards Begin Debut ECHL Season

The Mallards opened their first game in the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) against the Rapid City Rush before a crowd of 5,274 people at the iWireless Center. The Mallards once again lost the first game of the season, falling 3-0 to Rapid City that night. Parker Milner faced 33 shots in his Mallards debut, while opposing netminder Danny Battochio faced 19 while recording a shutout. Continue reading “Mallards Begin Debut ECHL Season”

East Coast Hockey League Expands by Seven

The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) announced on Oct. 7 that seven new teams had been admitted to the league, following a meeting of the ECHL Board of Governors on Oct. 7.

The seven teams that were admitted to the ECHL were the seven remaining teams of the Central Hockey League (CHL), which included the Quad City Mallards. In total, the seven teams were the Brampton Beast, Allen Americans, Missouri Mavericks, Rapid City Rush, Wichita Thunder, and Tulsa Oilers. The Arizona Sundogs and Denver Cutthroats ceased operations on Aug. 20 after the St. Charles Chill also folded on May 2. Continue reading “East Coast Hockey League Expands by Seven”

Hockey without ice

Dekhockey is the Quad-Cities’ first and only street hockey league in the area, and over the first three years of the league’s existence, it has become a local phenomenon for hockey players of all ages.

Dekhockey is owned and operated by Patrik Levesque, who played professional hockey for the Quad City Mallards from 2009 to 2010, and part of the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Levesque was first introduced to Dekhockey in his hometown of Trois-Rivieres, Canada, where he immediately fell in love with the sport. Continue reading “Hockey without ice”

Central Hockey League Shrinks During Summer

The Central Hockey League (CHL) experienced turbulent times as it contracted from the recently expanded 10 teams to seven teams this off-season. On May 2, it was announced by the CHL that the St Charles Chill, who played in St Charles, MO for one season, had ceased operations effective immediately. This was not an unexpected development, as the Chill had done poorly in their debut season with a record of 11-49-6 and a total of 28 points for the season. May 2 was also the day of Game One of the Ray Miron Cup Finals, where the Allen Americans beat the Denver Cutthroats in five games. Continue reading “Central Hockey League Shrinks During Summer”