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Quad City Flames
The Quad City Flames is the recently established ice hockey team that represents the Quad City in one of the most intriguing, fast paced and invincible sports of this time. The Flames is currently owned by QC Sports Ventures Incorporated and will be actively participating in the National Hockey League as well as the American Hockey League from this upcoming fall of 2007. The team finally moved to the Quad Cities on May 24, 2007. As a result, the arena's previous hockey tenant, the Quad City Mallards of the United Hockey League, are ceasing operations.
One of the more interesting aspects of the ordeal is that the Flames are the third team over the last few years that have been persistent in representing the Quad Cities in the famous American Hockey League. The teams before the Flames that have tried but could not seal the deal were the San Jose Sharks and the Edmonton Oilers.
Though the Flames will be playing from Illinois and representing the Quad Cities, the franchise of the team originates from Omaha, Nebraska. Under the supervision of this franchise, the team played from Omaha as the Ak-Sar-Ben Knights. The Ak-Sar-Ben Knights had a very rough two seasons and lost approximately over $ 4 million. After such a disastrous start, the franchise decided to relocate. The new franchise will join former UHL rival, the Rockford IceHogs in moving up to the AHL (American Hockey League).
The fall of 2007 became the inaugural season for the newly established ice hockey team. Below is a timeline of the significant events during the team's inaugural season. Keep checking back throughout the 2007-08 season for updates. May 24, 2007-The Quad City Flames franchise is born during a press conference at The MARK of the Quad Cities. The Quad City Sports Venture Incorporated Group was represented by Kevin Murphy at the press conference. Calgary Flames President and C.E.O. Ken King and Michael Holditch, Vice President of Hockey Administration and C.F.O. of the Calgary Flames, are also in attendance for the press conference.
May 25, 2007- The relocation of the Omaha franchise from the originating state to the Quad Cities was unanimously approved by The American Hockey League Board of Governors.
May 30, 2007- After the inception of the team into the American Hockey League, the team was placed in the western division of the conference playing against the following competitors for the title - Chicago Wolves, Houston Aeros, Iowa Stars, Milwaukee Admirals, Peoria Rivermen, Rockford IceHogs and San Antonio Rampage.
June 14, 2007-The Quad City Flames unveil the franchise's logo during a fan party in Bettendorf. The logo features Calgary's 'flaming C' logo joined by a 'flaming Q' representing the Quad Cities.
July 19, 2007-The Flames' home arena is renamed the i wireless Center after 14 years.