Mallards’ captain McMillan returns for sixth season

MOLINE, Ill. – The Quad City Mallards have re-signed defenseman Darren McMillan for the 2015-16 season.

McMillan, 35, returns for a sixth season as Mallards captain. Last year saw the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native score once and add ten assists and turn in a plus/minus rating of +2 while playing in each of the Mallards’ 72 regular-season games.

McMillan has played in 345 games for the Mallards, the fourth highest total in club history. McMillan has played in all but three of the Mallards’ 336 regular season games over the last five campaigns. In total, he has produced 91 points (17g-74a) in a Quad City sweater.

Last season the 6’ 0”, 209-pound McMillan reached a pair of milestones, recording his 200th career point on Feb. 20 against the Brampton Beast and playing his 600th career game on April 1 against Brampton. In all, over 10 professional seasons, McMillan has scored 202 points (36g-166a) in 603 games.

McMillan broke into pro hockey in the Central Hockey League with the Wichita Thunder, for whom played in both 2005-06 and 2006-07. In 2007-08, McMillan made the move to Germany with Klostersee EHC, who he would rejoin for the bulk of the 2009-10 season. In 2008-09 McMillan skated in 73 games and recorded one goal and ten points while helping the Ontario Reign to the ECHL’s Pacific Division title.

Before stepping into the pro ranks, McMillan played for St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia for four seasons. He won the Atlantic University Sport conference title with StFX in 2003-04. In the junior ranks, he suited up for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League for three seasons from 1998-2001. McMillan and the Otters won back-to-back OHL Midwest Division championships in 1999-2000 and 2000-01 and also finished the regular season first overall in the OHL in 2000-01.