The Quad-City Mallards added to their offense Thursday, re-signing forward Kyle Novak and signing forward Joe Kalisz.
Novak, 24, rejoins the Mallards after tallying one assist in six games last year after finishing his college career at Western Michigan University. In college, Novak scored 14 goals and added 17 assists in 85 games.
Before college, Novak played junior hockey with the Green Bay Gamblers, helping the team win the USHL title in 2012 and finishing fourth in the league with 77 points the next season.
“Kyle has the skill and playmaking abilities to be an exciting player for us,” Mallards coach Phil Axtell said. “I’m hoping his production in pro hockey will resemble his junior career.”
Kalisz, 26, scored 18 goals and added 17 assists in 48 games with the Southern Professional Hockey League's Fayetteville FireAntz as a rookie last season.
He played for three years in college at Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he was a two-time Division III All-American and helped the Pointers win a NCAA title in 2016.
“Joe is a guy I’ve had on my radar since the spring of 2016 when he was playing at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point,” Axtell said. “He had a solid first year of pro hockey in the SPHL despite battling through an injury in the first half of the season and I expect him to excel when he plays with other good players. Joe’s a warrior who competes hard and plays heavy.”
The Mallards now have seven forwards signed as well as defenseman Chris Leibinger.