Behind the ECHL Benches - Terry Ruskowski, Quad City Mallards

Terry Ruskowski is one of the most successful coaches in all of minor league hockey. Ruskowski has gone 730-522-131 over the course of his 21- year professional head coaching career. He embarks upon his fifth season as Quad City Mallards head coach and general manager and has led the team to the postseason in each of the previous four seasons.

Ruskowski went 442- 251-79 while spending 12 seasons in the Central Hockey League from 2002-14. He ranks second in CHL history with 772 games coached and is tied for second in career CHL coaching wins. prior to taking over the Mallards, he enjoyed great success over nine years with the Laredo Bucks and one campaign with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. Ruskowski piloted the Bucks to four straight finals appearances between 2004 and 2007, and twice won the CHL title (2004 and 2006) with Laredo. In 2011-12, the Killer Bees rebounded to post a 32-27-7 record under Ruskowski after enduring back-to-back losing seasons immediately prior to his arrival.

Ruskowski returned to the ECHL in 2014 after last coaching in the league two decades earlier. He went 96-80-20 in three seasons as coach of the Columbus Chill from 1991-94. From Columbus, he went on to take the reins of the International Hockey League’s Houston Aeros and United Hockey League’s Knoxville Speed before beginning his hugely successful CHL run.

The Prince Albert, Saskatchewan native played 999 career games for six teams - the Houston Aeros, Winnipeg Jets, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, pittsburgh penguins and Minnesota North Stars - over 15 seasons in the National Hockey League and World Hockey Association. Ruskowski is also the only player in major professional hockey history to have captained four different clubs: the Aeros, Blackhawks, Kings and Penguins.

Coaching RecordReg. SeasonPlayoffs
1989-90Saskatoon (WHL)7233345734
1990-91Saskatoon (WHL)7229412---------
1991-92Columbus Chill (ECHL)6425309---------
1992-93Columbus Chill (ECHL)6430304---------
1993-94Columbus Chill (ECHL)6841207624
1994-95Houston (IHL)8138358413
1995-96Houston (IHL)4212273---------
1999-00Knoxville (UHL)7429414---------
2000-01Knoxville (UHL)7439314413
2002-03Laredo (CHL)64411761156
2003-04Laredo (CHL)64488816115
2004-05Laredo (CHL)64352231697
2005-06Laredo (CHL)644315616124
2006-07Laredo (CHL)644217521147
2007-08Laredo (CHL)64421931174
2008-09Laredo (CHL)6436235624
2009-10Laredo (CHL)64322012734
2010-11Laredo (CHL)6624348---------
2011-12Rio Grande Valley (CHL)6632277514
2012-13Quad City (CHL)6634266514
2013-14Quad City (CHL)663323101477
2014-15Quad City Mallards (ECHL)7237287734
2015-16Quad City Mallards (ECHL)7237296404
ECHL Totals3401701373317512