Peoria Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel has confirmed the signing of 14 additional players for the team's first SPHL training camp, which opens on Oct. 13. Among those added are three defensemen and 11 forwards, including 29-year-old Japanese winger Masahito Suzuki (pictured).
The Rivermen now have 25 players set to participate in their camp, which runs Oct. 13-19 at the Peoria Civic Center and will be open to the public. Many of those players will earn a spot on Peoria’s regular-season roster, while some will be released once the camp ends.
The following is a complete list of each newcomer listed in alphabetical order by last name.
Alexandre Carvalho-Mentink, 21, is a rookie center who played in the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League for the past three seasons, where he recorded 83 points (41g, 42a) and 198 penalty minutes in 117 games. A native of Joliette, Quebec, Carvalho-Mentink stands 6’0 and weighs in at 190 pounds.
Matt Graham is a rookie forward from Rancho Cucamonga, California. He spent the past four years at Becker College, where he notched 102 points (43g, 59a) in 91 career games. During his senior season, Graham registered better than 1.5 points-per-game.
Nic Katsiyianis, 38, played in the Federal Hockey League (FHL) two seasons ago with the Danville Dashers and Delaware Federals. The 6’1, 190-pound native of Montreal sat out last season.
Jeremiah Ketts, 26, spent the majority of the 2012-13 season with the Pensacola Ice Flyers in the SPHL, where he registered 11 points (5g, 6a) in 23 games. He also spent time last year with the SPHL’s Mississippi Surge and Huntsville Havoc. The 5’10, 180-pound native of Foristell, Missouri played four college seasons for Johnson and Wales University from 2008-2012.
Taylor Larsen, 24, spent the majority of the 2012-13 season with the Augusta RiverHawks in the SPHL, where he recorded 13 points (7g, 6a) in 24 contests. The 6’0, 180-pound center also played for Cape Cod and 1000 Islands in the FHL last year, and spent four college seasons at Assumption College.
Nicola Levesque, 20, is a rookie center who spent the last three seasons in the Quebec Junior A Hockey League for the Princeville Titans and La Tuque Wolves. Over 128 games, the Quebec native netted 28 goals and added 61 assists for 89 points.
Casey Mignone, 25, is a young winger with 45 games of SPHL experience, including 40 games last season with the Augusta Riverhawks. The 5’11, 185-pound native of Ramsey, New Jersey played parts of three seasons in the FHL and skated for four college seasons between Lebanon Valley College and Westfield State College.
Nick Prockow, 24, is a 6’2, 210-pound center from Montreal who recorded four points (2g, 2a) in 39 games for ECHL Bakersfield last year. Prior to his pro debut, Prockow played four seasons at Colgate University.
Nick Salvaggio, 21, played one game for Becker College last season. The 6’1, 185-pound defenseman from Hanson, Massachusetts also played seven games in 2010-11 for the Bridgewater Bandits in the Eastern Junior Hockey League.
Olivier Schenk, 24, provides height and strength at the blueline. A 6’6, 235-pound defenseman, Schenk spent last season in the FHL after spending the three previous seasons in Switzerland. In 2008-09, he played on the Under-20 team in the Ambri-Piotta system, the Swiss organization Trudel played for.
Joe Schiller, 25, spent the 2012-13 season with the SPHL’s Augusta RiverHawks where he registered six points (2g, 4a) in 20 games. The 6’1, 185-pound native of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota appeared in 9 ECHL games with Las Vegas in 2011-12. He spent four seasons at Minnesota State University-Mankato from 2008-12.
Masahito Suzuki, 29, is a Japanese winger who spent the last three seasons playing for Tohoku in the Asia League. He is a 3-time Asia League champion and was also a key part of Japan’s national team in 2011.
Brett Wall, 23, is a rookie forward who completed a four-year career at Lake Superior State University last season. The 5’10, 190-pound native of Huber Heights, Ohio appeared in 37 career games for the Lakers and tallied three assists.
Dean Yakura, 28, is an experienced winger who has played 24 games for the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones and Idaho Steelheads over the past two seasons. A native of West Vancouver, British Columbia, Yakura also appeared in 20 games for the SPHL’s Pensacola Ice Flyers in 2010-11. Prior to turning pro, the 6’0, 190-pound forward spent four years at American International College in the NCAA’s American Hockey Association.
All Rivermen players who have been invited to training camp will report on Sunday, Oct. 13 and take physicals Monday, Oct. 14. The first skate will be held Tuesday, October 15 in preparation for Peoria’s first pre-season game on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:15 p.m. The Peoria Civic Center is expected to install the ice at Carver Arena on Wednesday, October 9.