Mallards ink rookie goaltender Milliron

MOLINE, Ill. – The Quad City Mallards have signed goaltender Tanner Milliron for the 2016-17 season.

The Mallards are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild.

Milliron, 24, was named to the All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team for the second year in a row after going 14-7-5 with a 1.83 goals against average and a .928 save percentage in 26 games as a senior at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls last season. The New Richmond, Wisc. native finished third in Division III in shutouts (four) and minutes played (1609:19).

In four seasons as a Falcon, Milliron went 38-16-29 in 65 games while posting a 1.99 goals against average, a .927 save percentage and eight shutouts. Milliron backstopped River Falls to the 2015 WIAC tournament title after winning the regular season conference crown in 2013-14.

Milliron spent three seasons in the junior ranks before beginning his college career. He suited up for the North American Hockey League’s Springfield Jr. Blues and Austin Bruins, the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Kerry Island Islanders and the Superior International Junior Hockey League’s Wisconsin Wilderness.