Flock lands two `finds' at forward

Posted Online: Sept. 03, 2014, 7:28 pm
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MOLINE -- Just over a month before starting the season, the Quad City Mallards took two more steps to another successful campaign Wednesday by signing forwards Garrett Vermeersch and Johnny Rogic.

Last season's CHL semifinalists now have 19 players under contract, including nine forwards.

Vermeersch was an All-SPHL and all-rookie performer last season for the Peoria Rivermen. The 24-year-old ranked among the league's leaders in points (57), goals (27), assists (30) and plus/minus rating (+18). The 6-foot, 180-pound Michigan native also played four games in the ECHL last season.

"I spoke to coaches who coached against him last season and they said this guy can play,'' Mallards coach Terry Ruskowski said. "He could be a diamond in the rough for us, a guy who was passed over last year but not this year."

Rogic, 23, scored twice and added three assists in 37 games as a senior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute last season. The Canadian was a four-time ECAC All-Academic pick and helped the Engineers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 16 years as a freshman.

"His numbers aren't overwhelming, but watching video of him, Rogic impressed me with what he can do," said Ruskowski. "He's a good, fast skater; he's good going to the net; and he's strong in the corners. If he can do that every day, we have a kid who's a good player nobody really knew about."


Local events heading

  Today is Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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