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Quad-City Times - Eye Openers

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Quad-City Times - Eye Openers

By Don Doxsie


Former Flint Generals and Quad-City Mallards star Kevin Kerr announced he was leaving the head coaching job of the Macon Mayhem of the Southern Professional Hockey League on Tuesday. At about the same, it was revealed that the Quad-Cities was about the get a franchise in the SPHL.

It seemed obvious to we media types that Kerr must be coming back to the Q-C as a coach, right?

Wrong. The timing was purely coincidence. Kerr was named the coach of Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL.

As you may recall, Kerr played two very solid seasons with the Mallards — 1998-99 and 1999-2000 — after five absolutely extraordinary years with the much-despised Generals, during which he scored 308 goals in 308 games.

When he joined the Mallards, it was like if Brett Favre signed with the Bears.


Howard Cornfield, who is working as a consultant with the new owners of our yet-to-be-named SPHL team, said he doesn’t think a head coach will be hired until August, although he admitted he was intrigued by the idea of bringing in someone with Q-C connections.

"I’d love to get somebody with Mallards history," Cornfield said. "The first guy that came to mind was Scotty Bell, but he’s up with the University of Minnesota, and I’m not going to be able to drag him out of there. That’s not going to happen."


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That last bit seems to work against this:

On 5/23/2018 at 7:24 PM, MacGuy said:

Local owners step in to save hockey in Quad-Cities


[SPHL commissioner Jim] Combs said the league will hold an expansion draft in the coming weeks to help the Quad-Cities franchise get a start on building a roster but the draft would not be held until the new owners have a head coach in place. Combs also said the league plans to release its schedule in the next couple of weeks.


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