Dennis Sievers/Peoria Rivermen
Peoria Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel has announced that forwards Garrett Vermeersch (middle) and Parker Stanfield (left) have each cleared waivers and will return to Peoria following their ECHL call-ups last week. In addition, key defenseman Tyler Amburgey (right) has been activated from the 30-day injured reserve, while winger Tyler Pilmore has been waived.
The ongoing adjustments currently set the Rivermen roster at 17 players, not including Dean Yakura (injured reserve), Corey Tamblyn (three-game tryout), and Paul Chiasson (three-game tryout).
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Vermeersch, 23, was loaned to ECHL Greenville last Tuesday and made one appearance for the Road Warriors before he was released last Sunday. A native of Macomb, Michigan, Vermeersch has skated in all 16 games for the Rivermen this season and leads the team with nine goals, including a hat trick in Peoria’s home opener on Oct. 26. The 6’0, 180-pound rookie center has also notched seven assists, 16 points and a plus-6 rating, which leads all Rivermen forwards.
Prior to turning pro, Vermeersch spent the last four years at Northeastern University in Boston, where he recorded 23 goals and 50 assists over 130 colligate games. During his junior season in 2011-12, he tied for the team lead in goals (10) and was third overall in team scoring (24 points).
Stanfield, 23, was loaned to ECHL South Carolina last Tuesday and notched points in each of his three appearances with the Stingrays (1g, 2a) before he was released on Tuesday. A native of Orange County, California, Stanfield has appeared in all 16 games for the Rivermen this season and is second on the team with 14 points (3g, 11a) and 39 penalty minutes. The 6’2, 195-pound right wing has also earned points in six of his last seven games and his 73 shots were second-most in the SPHL at the time of his promotion.
Stanfield is currently in his third season of professional hockey. Last year, he played 33 games for ECHL Bakersfield, where he recorded six goals and seven assists following an eight-game endeavor with Poprad HK SKP in Slovakia’s top professional league.
Amburgey, 22, appeared in six games for the Rivermen this season before he was placed on the 30-day IR on Nov. 13 with groin and hip strains. During those six games, he tallied five points (2g, 3a) including the game-winner on opening night against Bloomington.
Last year, Amburgey split his first full pro season 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.
Pilmore, 24, played seven games for the Rivermen this season and recorded five penalty minutes. He began the season with ECHL Toledo, where he collected a pair of penalty minutes in five games with the Walleye. Last season, the 6’0, 180-pound rookie appeared in two games for Toledo and an additional six games with ECHL Wheeling, where he made his professional debut on March 16.
Prior to turning pro, the Sylvania, Ohio native spent four years at Ohio University, where he tallied an impressive 66 goals and 161 assists for 227 points over just 161 games.
The Rivermen begin a three-game series against the Bloomington Thunder this Friday, Dec. 20, with a 7:15 p.m. puck drop at Carver Arena. Peoria will wear custom "Central Illinois STRONG" jerseys to support tornado relief in central Illinois, which will be auctioned off after the game. All proceeds will benefit local charities and their relief efforts. It's also UnityPoint Health-Methodist "Puck Night." The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a limited edition Rivermen puck.
The game can be heard locally on CD Country 107.9 FM or online at www.cd1079.net. Fans can also follow along via the live video and audio stream at www.americaonesports.com.