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Mallards Sign Boutin-Gagnon

January 10, 2013 - Central Hockey League (CHL) Quad City Mallards

MOLINE, Ill. (January 10, 2013) - The Quad City Mallards have signed defenseman Gabriel Boutin-Gagnon, the Mallards announced today.

"Gabriel is a guy who can provide a physical presence and add toughness to our lineup," said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski. "He's a young player who's shown a willingness to work hard, take the body and stand up for his teammates which is an important role on any successful team."

Boutin-Gagnon, who turns 23 next Monday, joins the Mallards after starting the season with the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League. The Val d'Or, Quebec, native collected a league-leading 124 penalty minutes, scored two goals and added three assists in 25 games with the Ice Flyers.

Boutin-Gagnon split last season- his rookie campaign- between the SPHL's Huntsville Havoc and Mississippi RiverKings, scoring twice, notching 11 points and totaling 191 penalty minutes in 59 games.

Before turning pro, Boutin-Gagnon spent four seasons in the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League with the Valleyfield Braves and Terrebonne Cobras.

The Mallards return to action tonight on the road against the Bloomington Blaze. The Mallards next play at home next Friday evening, January 18 against the Fort Worth Brahmas. On January 18, the Mallards will wear Turn "Back to Back" the Clock jerseys that mark the fifteenth anniversary of the second of the two consecutive championships won by the Mallards in 1997 and 1998. Those jerseys will be auctioned off immediately after the Mallards wear them against the Brahmas. The auction - the first of two Genesis jersey auctions this season- will benefit the Genesis Flu Free QC program. January 18 is also the first of the Mallards' College Nights- fans will be able to purchase $1 beer and $1 hot dogs through the end of the second intermission that evening.

Tickets for the January 18 tilt- as well as seats for all remaining Mallards regular season home games- can be purchased in person at the i wireless Center ticket office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through www.ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.

The Mallards also now offer the Partial Punch Plan. The Punch Plan provides flexibility and affordability- each Punch Plan punch card can be redeemed for ten tickets- whether those tickets are for ten different games, all for the same game or anything in between- subject to availability. Partial Punch Plans can be had for as little as $70 for youth 12 and under. For more ticket package information, fans can call the Mallards at 309-277-1364.

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