Rivermen Headlines

Published: October 30th 2013 @ 12:15 PM




For the first time since 2007, the Peoria Rivermen are 2-0 to start the new year, and look to continue that success this weekend in a pair of games against the Mississippi RiverKings. Both contests will take place at Carver Arena at 7:15 p.m., and each will be headlined by a variety of big-time promotions including the first celebrity guest appearance on Friday and a special military-style jersey auction following the game Saturday.


On Friday, Nov. 1, Disney Channel’s Calum Worthy, who plays the role of ‘Dez’ on the hit show “Austin and Ally,” will be in attendance courtesy of Pekin Insurance. Fans will have the opportunity to meet Worthy, as well as receive pictures and autographs on the concourse from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Autographs are free and will be limited to one-per-person on items you provide. 8x10 photos of Worthy will also be available for $5 each.


“We wanted to do something extra special for the fans early on,” Rivermen co-owner Bart Rogers said. “It’s all part of bringing entertainment back to Rivermen games and we are thrilled to have such a popular actor like Calum join us. We also want to thank Pekin Insurance for their support to help make this happen.”


In addition, Friday is the season’s first Coca-Cola “Two-for-$20” Date Night. All fans who bring a Coca-Cola can to the box office will have the opportunity to purchase two upper bowl tickets for just $20.


On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Rivermen are proud to present “Illinois Air National Guard – Salute to Veteran’s Night.” All veterans with a valid military ID will get in free with a paid guest ticket and the team will wear custom military-style camouflage jerseys, which will be auctioned off live after the game.


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Great seats for this weekend’s game are still available and start at just $10. For tickets or more information, please visit the Rivermen office located inside the Peoria Civic Center, rivermen.net or ticketmaster.com.



Media Notes:


  • Peoria has not started the season 3-0 since its first year in the AHL (2005-06).  The Rivermen had started their last five seasons a combined 0-11.


  • The Rivermen currently lead the SPHL in scoring (12g, 22a, 34pts), power play success (40%), and verage attendance (5,689).


  • Rookie center Garrett Vermeersch is tied for the league lead in goals (4) with Pensacola’s Joe Caveney. Winger Tyler Fernandez is also tied with Caveney for the league lead in shots (13).


  • The three teams who lead the SPHL in penalty minutes (Bloomington, Fayetteville and Columbus) are 0-6 to begin the season.


  • The Mississippi River Kings are the only team without a goal so far this season.