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McKee to Return to Mallards

January 3, 2012 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Quad City Mallards News Release

MOLINE, Illinois (January 3, 2012) - Goaltender David McKee has been reassigned to the Quad City Mallards by the American Hockey League's Peoria Rivermen, while the Mallards have waived netminder Brad Fogal and signed goaltender Derek Yeager to a five-game contract, the Mallards announced today.

McKee will rejoin the Mallards when the team returns to the Quad Cities after visiting the Evansville IceMen this evening. Evansville-area resident Yeager, a local men's league goaltender, will back up David Brown in the Mallards' crease this evening.

McKee, 28, did not see any game action with Peoria after being called up to the Rivermen on December 26. McKee has gone 8-7-1 with a 2.91 goals against average and a .903 save percentage in 16 games with the Mallards this season. The Irving, Texas native won three straight games (1.99, .933) just before his recall and is unbeaten in regulation (6-0-1, 1.97, .932) in his last seven games with the Flock. McKee's strong play in the days before his recall earned him league-wide recognition- he was named Central Hockey League Goaltender of the Week for the period ending December 4.

Now in his sixth professional season, McKee signed with the Mallards in July after going 7-6-3 with a 3.72 goals against average and a .891 save percentage in 18 games with the Central Hockey League's Odessa Jackalopes last year.

McKee first played in the CHL two seasons ago when he appeared in five games with the Allen Americans, for whom he went 2-3-0 while turning in a 3.95 goals against average and a .897 save percentage.

McKee spent most of his first three pro seasons in the ECHL, where he tended goal for the Augusta Lynx, Phoenix Roadrunners and Bakersfield Condors. McKee previously saw action in the AHL with the Portland Pirates as a rookie in 2006-07 and with the Iowa Stars the following season.

Before turning pro, McKee enjoyed three outstanding seasons at Cornell during which he was named a Hobey Baker award finalist, collected a host of other honors and posted a hugely impressive set of career collegiate numbers. He went 65-24-13 with a 1.71 goals against average, 18 shutouts and a .926 save percentage in 102 games with the Big Red. His sophomore season- 2004-05- was a banner year. In addition to his selection as a Hobey Baker finalist, McKee also earned All-America East, All-ECAC and All Ivy League First Team honors and was named ECAC and Ivy League Player of the Year and ECAC Goaltender of the Year. McKee set Cornell records for shutouts (10) and save percentage (.947) while going 27-5-3 with a 1.24 goals against average for the campaign.

Fogal, 25, rejoined the Mallards December 22 after being waived by the Flock earlier that week. The 5' 10", 170-pound Fogal went 6-2-0 with a 3.07 goals against average and a .909 save percentage in nine games with the Mallards this season.

Because Yeager has been inked to a five-game contract, the Mallards are able to add him to their roster as a third goaltender along with Brown and McKee.

After squaring off with the IceMen tonight at 7:15 p.m., the Flock returns home to take on the Wichita Thunder Friday night at 7:05 p.m.

Single game tickets for all Mallards regular season home contests- including Friday night's game- are now available. Fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or tickets@myqcmallards.com for more information about tickets.

Single game tickets are also available at the i wireless Center box office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through www.ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free. The box office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period. Individual game tickets are available for $12 in the upper level and $17 in the lower level and $25 for the first row along the glass for adults. Tickets for kids 12 and under are available for $5 off adult rates. In addition, tickets are available to military personnel for $2 off the regular adult rate.

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