Rennette, who played 298 games with the ECHL Rivermen between 2000 and 2005,
will officially be inducted into the Peoria Rivermen Hockey Hall of Fame on
Saturday, March 30. The only member of this year's class, Rennette will become
the 35th member - 24th player - to join the Hall of Fame since it began in
ceremony will take place, on the ice, during the first intermission of the
Rivermen game against Lake Erie.
33, first joined the Rivermen in 2000 - his second year of professional hockey
after being sent down from AHL Worcester late in the season. After only playing
seven games during the regular season, in which he scored five goals and added
an assist, Rennette scored nine more times in 14 playoff games for the
defending Kelly Cup champions.
returned for the next four seasons on teams that featured fellow Rivermen Hall
of Famers Joe Rybar (2008) and Trevor Baker (2009) and were coached by Jason
Christie (2010). He pumped in 73 goals
in 130 regular season games over a two-season stretch (2002-04). He set career
highs in both goals (42) and points (74) in 2002-03 while he also led the ECHL
with seven shorthanded goals and ranked third with a plus-30 rating.
by the St. Louis Blues in the second round (#40 overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry
Draft, the center racked up 119 goals and 118 assists for 237 points in 267
regular season games with the Rivermen. He pitched in another 11 goals and 7
assists in 31 playoff contests.
final season on the ice for Peoria was the team's final season as a member of
the ECHL (2004-05). He went on to play two more years, in the United Hockey
League, before returning to the Rivermen for the 2007-08 season as a member of
the front office. Now an account manager for Brewers Distributing, Rennette
still lives in Peoria with his wife and three children.
are currently 34 members of the Rivermen Hall of Fame, comprised of two
wings. There are 24 players and five
coaches along with five members of the Builders Wing. This will be the fourth consecutive season in
which only one new member is elected following Baker’s induction in 2009, Christie's
in 2010 and Jean-Guy Trudel in 2011.
is the seventh member to represent the ECHL-era joining Doug Evans (1991),
Rybar (2008), Don Granato (2008), Baker and Christie.