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Updated: August 27th, 2013 1:14pm
The Wild add another affiliate to develop prospects, retain Iowa Wild

The Wild add another affiliate to develop prospects, retain Iowa Wild

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Wild have added the Quad City Mallards to their list of affiliates, the team announced Tuesday.

The Mallards, who play in the Central Hockey League, will join the Iowa Wild (American Hockey League) and the Orlando Solar Bears (East Coast Hockey League) as development stops for players in the Wild system.

"The Quad Cities is a great hockey market and provides the Minnesota Wild organization with another first-class option to develop our players," Wild assistant general manager Jim Mill said. Mill is also the general manager of the Iowa Wild.

The Mallards will serve as a development post for the Minnesota Wild and the Iowa Wild clubs, according to the team release.

"We are looking forward not only to working with Wild prospects and playing our part in their development but also to giving the fans of the Quad Cities the opportunity to see those players take the ice for the Mallards," Bob McNamara, Mallards president, said.

This season marks the Mallards fourth season in the CHL.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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