The Peoria Rivermen announced Wednesday that the team has added five additional players for the 2013-14 season. Wingers Brett Liscomb and Branden Parkhouse as well as defensemen Jarrett Rush, Tyler Amburgey and goaltender Russell Stein have all signed Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) training camp contracts with Peoria and are expected to be part of the team’s core group this season.
Liscomb, 27, split time in the SPHL last season with three separate teams including the Louisiana Ice Gators, Huntsville Havoc and Fayetteville FireAntz. In 46 combined regular season games, he notched 30 points (12g, 18a) and 48 penalty minutes with two additional goals in two playoff games for Fayetteville. The 5’9, 187-pound winger has also spent time with the East Coast Hockey League’s (ECHL) Dayton Bombers, the Central Hockey League’s (CHL) Tulsa Oilers and SPHL Pensacola.
A native of Long Sault, Ontario, Liscomb played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with Windsor and Ottawa from 2003-2007. He recorded 159 points (66g, 93a) in 232 games, which included a 55-point effort in 62 games his final year in Ottawa in 2006-07.
Parkhouse, 25, made his professional debut last season with SPHL Louisiana. He played in three games for the Ice Gators before graduating to the ECHL’s Ontario Reign, where he skated in their final three games of the season under former Rivermen head coach Jason Christie.
The Cucamonga, California native spent four years at Becker College in Worchester, Massachusetts from 2009-2013, where he registered 115 points (49g, 66a) in just 97 career games. During his senior season, the 5’11, 185-pound left wing averaged 1.6 points-per-game.
Rush, 28, will add size and experience on the blueline for the Rivermen. The 6’4, 220-pound defenseman spent most of last season in the ECHL between the Elmira Jackets, South Carolina Stingrays, Colorado Eagles and Orlando Solar Bears, where he played under former Rivermen assistant coach Drake Berehowsky. In 51 combined games last year, Rush recorded three assists and 35 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 11 games for the SPHL’s Augusta Riverhawks.
Prior to turning pro, the Pennington, New Jersey native spent three years at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts.
“He’s a real leader and a guy that can play 25 minutes a game,” head coach Jean-Guy Trudel said. “He’ll be the sort of guy we look at as being captain material."
Amburgey, 22, spent his professional rookie season in 2012-13 with the Quad Cities Mallards and Fort Worth Brahmas in the CHL. In 19 combined games, he tallied a pair of assists with an additional point (assist) in 7 playoff games with Fort Worth. Prior to his pro debut, the 6’2, 220-pound defenseman played 43 games for the U.S. National 18-under team in 2008-09.
The Rowlett, Texas native also played three seasons of junior hockey in the United States Hockey League (USHL) from 2009-2012. During that span, he split time between the Tri-City Storm and Dubuque Fighting Saints, where he helped win the USHL’s Clark Cup championship in 2011.
Stein, 24, is a rookie goaltender who spent the 2010-11 and 2012-13 seasons at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. In 4 appearances last year, the 6’1, 180-pound netminder averaged 4.05 goals against with a .879 save percentage for the Friars.
A native of Ridgeport, Connecticut, Stein will likely become Peoria’s No. 2 goaltender.
Individual game tickets are on-sale now for the entire 2013-14 season and start at just $10. Fans can purchase tickets at the Peoria Civic Center box office, Ticketmaster.com, Rivermen.net, or by phone at (309) 676-1040.