Quad City Mallards goaltender David Brown has been recalled to the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Heat, the Mallards announced today.
Brown, 27, has gone 13-8-1 with a 2.88 goals against average and a .907 save percentage in 23 games with the Mallards this season. Brown last played for Quad City last Friday night when he stopped 35 shots in the Mallards’ 4-3 overtime win over the Oilers in Tulsa.
This is Brown’s second recall to Abbotsford in a matter of weeks- he was called up on February 29 before returning to the Mallards last Monday. Brown, who was first assigned to the Mallards in December, split the start of the season between Abbotsford- for whom he has not seen any game action- and the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers. Brown went 2-2-0 with a 2.95 goals against average and a .874 save percentage in four outings with the Wranglers.
The 6’ 0”, 185-pound Brown first played for the Mallards last season. The Stoney Creek, Ontario, native last year led the CHL in save percentage (.930), finished second in goals against average (2.33) and finished tied for second in shutouts (4) while going 17-16-1 in 37 games for Quad City. For his efforts, Brown was named a finalist for the CHL Goaltender of the Year award.
Brown last season was called up to the American League on five separate occasions and played in two games for the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins during which he turned in a 3.75 goals against average and .898 save percentage without recording a win or loss.
Brown joined the Mallards last season after tending goal in 2009-10 for the ECHL’s Gwinnett Gladiators, for whom he went 10-19-3 in 33 games while posting a 3.94 goals against average and a .888 save percentage. Brown was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the eighth round of the 2004 National Hockey League Entry Draft with the two hundred twenty-eighth overall pick. Brown spent his first two seasons in the Penguins’ organization before landing in Gwinnett.
Brown split his first two pro campaigns between the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL. As a rookie in 2007-08, Brown went 9-7-1 in 19 AHL games while recording a 2.34 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. That campaign also saw him go 6-6-1 in 13 games in the ECHL with a 3.31 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. The following year Brown went 1-2-0 in four games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and 14-6-2 with a 3.06 goals against average and a .907 save percentage with Wheeling.
Before turning pro Brown enjoyed a standout four-year collegiate career at Notre Dame. As a freshman in 2003-04, he was named Notre Dame’s Rookie of the Year after backstopping the Fighting Irish to the first NCAA tournament berth in school history. Brown’s senior year likewise proved historic as he was named a Hobey Baker Award finalist while helping the Golden Domers to the first Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular season and playoff titles in the program’s history and another NCAA tournament appearance. Brown set a host of school records in 2006-07, going 30-6-3 in 39 games with a 1.58 goals against average, a .931 save percentage and six shutouts. He led the nation in wins and goals against average and finished second in shutouts and save percentage on the way to earning First Team All-American West honors, being named CCHA Player of the Year and making the All-CCHA First Team. In 111 career games in the gold and blue Brown went 55-38-11 with a 2.32 goals against average, a .916 save percentage and 12 shutouts.
The Mallards will retire the number of Mallards great Steve Gibson and celebrate 15 seasons of Mallards hockey and all-time attendance reaching 3.5 million fans with Mallards Milestone Weekend this Friday and Saturday.
Mallards Milestone Weekend will kick off when the Mallards host the Wichita Thunder at 7:05 p.m. Friday night. The first 2,000 fans through the doors for Friday’s tilt will receive free Mallards rally towels. After that game, fans will be able to join Mallards alumni on the ice for a post-game skate.
Gibson’s number 55 will be raised to the rafters prior to the Mallards’ 7:05 p.m. match-up with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees Saturday evening. A special autograph session featuring Mallard alumni will be held before that game in the i wireless Center lobby from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. In addition, fans attending Saturday night’s contest are encouraged to join in a “Green Out for Gibby” by wearing green to that game.
Single game tickets for all three remaining Mallards regular season home contests- including this weekend’s games- are available. Fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.