Jeremy Boyer somehow survived the first month of his professional hockey career without scoring his second career goal. The rookie center also stumbled into the new year with only seven points.|
However, Boyer more than made up for that lost time down the stretch last season, and rewarded the Quad City Mallards' loyalty with a bit of his own by re-signing with the Central Hockey League club, the local Double-A franchise announced Wednesday.
Boyer finished with 16 goals and 32 points in 62 games last season while backing up high-scoring starting center Eric Giosa.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Canadian was an important part of the high-scoring Mallards' ill-fated playoff push, twice registering a pair of hat tricks in a three-week, end-of-season span in March.
The Mallards posted 37 victories and their best win-percentage since 2005-06, but missed the playoffs by a mere six standings points despite scoring the second-most goals (230) in the CHL.
"Jeremy is a promising young two-way player who has also shown the ability to provide offense. He did a good job of working hard to successfully adapt to the pro game last season,'' new Mallards coach Terry Ruskowski said in a released statement. "I look forward to having the chance to work with him this season and to see him continue to develop and help the team.''
Boyer, one of the youngest players in the CHL last season, turns 22 late next month before training camp opens.
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