Peterborough Petes grad, and former team captain, Jamie Tardif, has returned from a three year stint in Germany to take on the player/assistant coach role with the Quad City Mallards in the ECHL. Joining Tardif on the Mallards are two fellow Ontario Hockey League alumni in Jacob Graves and Josh MacDonald.
Jamie Tardif played five years in the OHL from 2001-02 to 2005-06, all with the Peterborough Petes. He was the ninth overall pick by Peterborough at the 2001 OHL Priority Selection. Over his five years, Tardif scored 155 and assisted on 136 for 291 points over 324 regular season games. In 46 playoff games, he added 31 points.
A good number of those playoff games were played in 2005-06. That year, he helped the Petes to an OHL championship and Memorial Cup tournament appearance, beating out the London Knights in the finals. In his final season, Jamie served as Peterborough’s team captain.
The Calgary Flames selected Tardif in the fourth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, 112th overall. Since 2006-07, he has played pro hockey in the ECHL, AHL, NHL and Germany’s DEL. His National Hockey League experience is limited to two games with the Boston Bruins in 2012-13.
Jamie captained the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins in both 2009-10 and 2010-11. He spent three years in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) from 2014-15 to 2016-17, all with Adler Mannheim. In his first year, the team won the championship.
Tardif returns to the ECHL for the first time since his rookie pro season, 2006-07. That year, he played a portion of the season with the Toledo Storm. To date in 2017-18, Jamie has two assists in eight games with the Quad City Mallards.
Quad City Mallards
The Quad City Mallards began play in 1995-96 in the Colonial Hockey League. Since, they have competed in the UHL, IHL and Central Hockey League. The team moved to the ECHL for the 2014-15 season when the CHL ceased. The Mallards last championship was in 2000-01 in the UHL. Home games for the club are played at the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois, across the Mississippi River from Davenport, Iowa. The venue opened in 1993 and seats 9,810 for hockey.
Jacob Graves and Josh MacDonald are the other Ontario Hockey League grads currently on the Quad City roster. Graves played five years in the OHL from 2011-12 to 2015-16 with the Mississauga Majors/Steelheads, Kingston Frontenacs, Oshawa Generals and London Knights. Josh MacDonald played four years in the league from 2011-12 to 2014-15 with the Barrie Colts and Peterborough Petes.
Jamie Tardif OHL Stats