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Peoria Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel announced Saturday that defenseman and Pekin, Illinois native Cole Ruwe has been named the team's newest captain. Ruwe follows Jarrett Rush as the second player to wear the “C” for Peoria’s SPHL team, the latter of whom was called up to ECHL Kalamazoo on Jan. 14. No decision has been made on whether Ruwe will remain captain if Rush returns.
After spending the first half of the season with an “A” on his sweater, Ruwe becomes the 21st captain in Rivermen franchise history. The 28-year-old is currently in his fifth full professional season, and second in the SPHL, where he has notched 12 points (1g, 11a) and 85 penalty minutes through 32 games.
The 6’0, 205-pound defenseman had spent the majority of his pro career in the Central Hockey League, where he tallied five goals, 34 assists and 218 penalty minutes over 151 games.
The Pekin native is very well versed in Peoria’s hockey community. He played junior hockey from 2002-03 and 2004-05 for the Peoria Mustangs, then coached by former Rivermen scrapper Kevin Lune. Ruwe also played youth hockey for the Pekin Flyers.
Peoria concludes a two-game home series with the Knoxville Ice Bears on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. at Carver Arena. Saturday is the final “Loaded Ticket Night” of the season, where fans can get a lower bowl ticket, plus a hot dog, popcorn and soda for just $15. 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.