The Quad-City Mallards named Jamie Tardif as the team's new player/assistant coach Thursday.
The 32-year-old forward returns to North America after playing in Germany with Adler Mannheim for the last three seasons. He scored 26 goals and added 32 points for 58 points in 104 games in Europe after spending most of his early career in the American Hockey League.
Tardif will assist Phil Axtell, who is entering his first full season as Mallards head coach. Tardif will also be reunited with team president and general manager Bob McNamara, who served as the general manager of the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins during the five seasons Tardif spent with the team between 2006 and 2011.
“I’m excited to be joining the Mallards as a player/coach, which is a great fit for me since it gives me the opportunity to continue playing and also coach and develop young players," Tardif said. "I look forward to being able to help the younger guys with what it takes to be a pro both on and off the ice and what it means to be a good teammate and person.”
Drafted by the Calgary Flames in the fourth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Tardif has played in 487 career AHL games, scoring 142 goals and adding 125 assists. He played in two games in the NHL with the Boston Bruins in the 2012-13 season, not tallying a point.
In his 11-year career, Tardiff has scored 181 goals and 178 assists for 359 points in 642 games.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to have Jamie as our player/assistant for the 2017-18 season,” Axtell said. “I believe his experience and knowledge of the game will improve our team immensely, not only on the ice but off the ice as well.”