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03-28-2013, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by BK Triple Threat View Post
Man what happened??? QC was once an elite AA market
I can tell you what happened. How much time do you have? It's a long story, but the Cliff Notes version goes like this:

The Mark of the Quad Cities opened in 1993. It was a new arena and the Mallards became the arena's first-ever hockey tenant there. There was a big novelty factor which was fueled by all the Mallards' winning seasons from 1996-2002.

Once the novelty wore off and the championships stopped, so did the big crowds. Since 2006, it has been one failed owner after another trying to recapture that late 1990s magic. It won't happen. People have moved on to other things. The Quad City market needs to get into junior hockey before the sport becomes completely irrelevant there.

The CHL is making things worse by owning the team.

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