Rivermen Headlines

Published: October 20th 2013 @ 7:10 PM by: Alan Fuehring




Peoria Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel has announced a variety of moves that will ultimately help set the team’s 2013-14 opening night roster.


The Rivermen released nine players on Sunday, including forward Robert Short and center Dean Yakura, who scored Peoria’s first goal in Saturday’s exhibition game. Trudel also went the other way and added one skater, center-right wing Parker Stanfield.


Stanfield, 23, spent each of the last two seasons with the Bakersfield Condors in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). In 80 games, he notched 19 goals and 24 assists with 86 penalty minutes. The 6’2, 195-pound native of Orange County, California also played four seasons of junior hockey in the Western Hockey League (WHL) before turning pro.


Among the nine players released on Sunday were six forwards and three defensemen. Forwards included Nicola Levesque, Simon Mitman, Brett Wall, Matt Viola, Short and Yakura.


“It was very tough to let some of these guys go,” Trudel said. “It’s all about the numbers though and at the end of the day, you have to do some things that you don’t really want to do.”


In addition, the Rivermen cut defensemen Nick DeMarchi, Nick Salvaggio and the 6’6, 235-pound Olivier Schenk.


Forwards Mike Lysyj and Matt Graham have each been signed to a three-game tryout contact, which gives Trudel about two more weeks to make a decision on the pair.


The Southern Professional Hockey League requires that all final rosters be set by Wednesday, October 23. Therefore, the Rivermen could still make additional changes in the coming days.


Here is Peoria’s roster as of Sunday:



Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthday Hometown
Tyler Fernandez LW 5'9 190 7/23/1988 Bloomfield, CT
Matt Graham RW 5'10 190 4/9/1988 Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Taylor Larsen C 6'0 180 2/12/1989 Blackstone, MA
Mike Lysyj RW 6'4 205 11/30/1988 Hillsborough, NJ
Steve Mason LW/C 5'11 179 1/13/1988 Tilburg, NED
Steve Morra LW 5'11 190 5/14/1989 Bristol Township, RI
Branden Parkhouse RW 5'11 185 1/5/1988 Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Dustin Parks LW 6'1 186 5/16/1991 Osby, SWE
NIck Prockow C 6'2 220 1/21/1989 Montreal, QC
Ryan Raven RW 6'4 225 1/14/1986 Tacoma, WA
Parker Stanfield RW 6'2 195 6/20/1990 Orange County, CA
Garrett Vermeersch C 6'0 180 12/20/1989 Macomb, MI
Tyler Amburgey D 6'2 205 5/6/1991 Rowlett, TX
Charlie Carkin D 6'0 190 3/10/1989 Lowell, MA
Jarrett Rush D 6'5 216 6/22/1985 Pennington, NJ
Cole Ruwe D 6'0 205 4/2/1985 Pekin, IL
Joe Schiller D 6'1 185 1/24/1988 Detroit Lakes, MN
Nick Wheeler D 5'9 175 7/12//1988 Glendale, AZ
Phil Cook G 6'3 194 2/15/1988 Baltimore, MD
Russ Stein G 6'1 180 9/23/1989 Ridgefield, CT



The Rivermen kick off the 2013-14 season on Friday, Oct. 25 with a 7:05 p.m. puck drop at Bloomington. Peoria begins its home portion of the schedule on Saturday, Oct. 26 with a 7:15 p.m. rematch against Thunder at Carver Arena.


Tickets start at just $8 for upper bowl seats and the first 5,000 fans receive a free magnet schedule courtesy of Heritage Bank. Saturday's game will also be declared “Bruce Saurs Hockey Night in Peoria,” and following the game, 20 lucky fans will win a game-worn jersey straight off a players’ back. For tickets or more information, please visit the Rivermen office located inside the Peoria Civic Center, or call (309) 676-1040.