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Mallards Re-Sign All-Star McMillan, Ink Rookie Netminder Fogal

July 14, 2011 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Quad City Mallards News Release


MOLINE, Ill. (July 14, 2011) - The Quad City Mallards of the "AA" Central Hockey League today announced they have re-signed defenseman Darren McMillan and signed goaltender Brad Fogal. Per club policy, no contract terms were announced.

McMillan, 31, last season scored four goals and totaled 21 points for the Mallards while turning in a plus/minus rating of +4. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, native represented the Mallards in January's CHL All-Star Game and the following month took over the team captaincy. McMillan was one of just three Mallards who played in each of the club's 66 regular season games last year.

"Having last year's captain and all-star back is a big step in building our defense corps for next season," said Mallards head coach and general manager David Bell. "Darren plays quality minutes and will be relied on to be the leader of our defense."

In 346 career games, the 6' 0", 209-pound McMillan has scored 23 times and collected 134 points over six professional seasons. McMillan first played for the Mallards early in the 2009-10 season when he picked up three assists while skating in a dozen games for the Flock before heading to Germany to spend the remainder of that campaign with Klostersee EHC. That stint in the Oberliga was McMillan's second- he also suited up for Klostersee in 2007-08.

2008-09 saw McMillan skate in 73 games and record one goal and ten points while helping the Ontario (California) Reign to the ECHL's Pacific Division title.

In rejoining the Mallards last season McMillan returned for a second tour of duty in the CHL. He began his professional career with the CHL's Wichita Thunder, for whom he played in both 2005-06 and 2006-07.

Before stepping into the pro ranks McMillan played for St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia for four seasons. He won the Atlantic University Sport conference title with StFX in 2003-04. In the junior ranks, he suited up for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League for three seasons from 1998-2001. McMillan and the Otters won back-to-back OHL Midwest Division championships in 1999-2000 and 2000-01 and also finished the regular season first overall in the OHL in 2000-01.

Fogal, 25, last season finished a standout four-year career at Adrian College as the Division III record holder for most career wins. As a senior, the Sharon, Ontario, native went 25-4-1 with a 2.23 goals against average and a .923 save percentage in 30 games while helping Adrian to a fourth straight Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association title, a second consecutive NCAA Frozen Four appearance and a berth in the Division III national title game.

"Brad's record over the past five seasons at school and in junior has shown that he has been a winner every year and I hope this trend will continue with the Mallards," said Bell. "Everyone I have spoken with regarding Brad raves about his competitiveness and his team-first attitude."

Over his four seasons at Adrian, the 5' 10", 170-pound Fogal posted a 2.04 goals against average, a .922 save percentage and 15 shutouts while going 93-11-2 in 106 games. Fogal eclipsed the career victory record previously held by former Mallard netminder Kyle Jones.

Fogal's accomplishments drew national recognition when he was featured in the pages of Sports Illustrated in the April 4 edition of "Faces in the Crowd".

The career win mark is just one of a host of milestones reached by Fogal, who was a four-time MCHA All-Conference selection. Fogal finished his collegiate career with the second best save percentage in Division III history (.934) and the MCHA records for wins (70) and minutes (4,138) in conference play.

Before heading to Adrian, Fogal spent three seasons in the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League, where he tended goal for the Huntsville Otters, Newmarket Hurricanes and Pickering Panthers.

McMillan and Fogal join Jared Brown, Eric Giosa, Joel Gasper, Jason Kostadine and Brandon Marino to bring the number of signings announced by the Mallards for the 2011-12 season to seven.

Season tickets for the Flock's 2011-12 campaign are now on sale. Mallard season ticket holders receive significant savings and a host of exclusive benefits. For more season ticket information, fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or tickets@myqcmallards.com.

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