Mallards re-sign Eviston, Collins

MOLINE, Ill. – The Quad City Mallards have re-signed forwards Pearce Eviston and Anthony Collins, the Mallards announced.

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

Eviston was acquired in a trade with the Idaho Steelheads just before the start of last season. He went on to score 27 points (12g-15a) in 60 games as a rookie last season. Eviston returned to action last season after missing the 2013-14 campaign while recuperating from a hip injury. In 2012-13 he recorded 32 points (12g-20a) in 50 British Columbia Hockey League games split between the Vernon Vipers and Victoria Grizzlies. He also spent parts of two years in the major junior ranks with the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks. Eviston got his first taste of junior hockey in 2009-10 when he skated in three games for the Grizzlies and played 13 times for the BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

Collins, 25, tallied nine points (5g-4a) while piling up 151 penalty minutes in 48 games for the Mallards and South Carolina Stingrays last season. The Surrey, British Columbia native seven points (5g-2a) and registered 83 penalty minutes in 29 games after arriving in the Quad Cities following a February trade with the Stingrays. In 2013-14, Collins notched four assists and was assessed 109 penalty minutes in 32 games with South Carolina. He broke into the pro game in 2012-13 with the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Mississippi Surge, for whom he scored six points (2g-4a) while recording 130 penalty minutes in 35 outings. Collins played junior hockey in the British Columbia, Kootenay International, Manitoba and Saskatchewan leagues and also for Thompson Rivers University before turning pro.