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Rivermen Finalize 19-Man Roster
October 17, 2018 - 05:02 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced their 2018-19 season’s first official 19-man roster today ahead of the Southern Professional Hockey league’s training camp roster cutdown deadline. Included on Peoria’s 19-man roster are 10 forwards, seven defensemen, and two goaltenders signed to full contracts, while winger Vincent Beaudry has been signed to a 3-game tryout contract and goaltender Storm Phaneuf will begin the season on the 30-day Injured Reserve.
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RIVERMEN ANNOUNCE ROSTER CUTS
October 14, 2018 - 03:50 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced a series of roster cuts on Sunday, trimming their training camp list below the league’s mandatory 22-man limit prior to Wednesday’s final 19-man deadline. Among the remining Rivermen are 11 forwards, eight defensemen, and two active goaltenders.
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Scoring Ace Greenberg Returns to Peoria on Eve of Camp
October 9, 2018 - 04:35 pm
The Peoria Rivermen have announced the signing of second-year center Justin Greenberg, as well as the team’s inaugural 2018 training camp roster before the first official team practice takes place tomorrow morning at Carver Arena. The Rivermen are poised to begin training camp Wednesday with a 26-man roster, including 13 forwards, eight defensemen, and five goaltenders.
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Rivermen Announce Training Camp Practice Schedule
September 26, 2018 - 04:50 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced the schedule today for the team’s 2018 Training Camp practice sessions, set to begin with the first on-ice practice Wednesday, October 10th. On-ice workouts, as in previous seasons, will be free and open to the public to attend, both at Carver Arena and Owens Center.
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Trio of Newcomers Join Rivermen for Camp
September 19, 2018 - 04:40 pm
Peoria, IL – The Peoria Rivermen announced today that the team has signed goaltender Greg Dodds, defenseman Jake Flegel, and winger Vincent Beaudry to professional tryout contracts for this October’s training camp. Dodds and Flegel both saw action in the SPHL and ECHL last season, while Beaudry embarks on his pro career after playing his final junior hockey season with the Whitecourt Wolverines and Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
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Finals Leader Kalisz Returns to Rivermen Attack
September 18, 2018 - 04:02 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Tuesday that the team has signed wingers Joe Kalisz and Tommy Mahoney to professional tryout agreements for this October’s training camp. Kalisz returns to the Rivermen after joining Peoria from Fayetteville via trade last January, while Mahoney began his pro career late last season with the Marksmen, suiting up for nine games after concluding his amateur career at Assumption College.
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Standout Netminders Phaneuf, Pulde, Return to Rivermen Crease
September 10, 2018 - 05:15 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced today that the team has signed goaltenders Storm Phaneuf and Mason Pulde to professional tryout agreements for this October’s training camp. Phaneuf returns to the Rivermen after missing most of last season with injury, while Pulde comes back to Peoria after earning SPHL Warrior Player of the Month honors last March/April.
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Rivermen Announce Loaded 2018-19 Promotional Calendar
September 2, 2018 - 04:45 pm
The Peoria Rivermen are excited to announce the team’s promotional schedule for the 2018-19 season, Peoria’s 37th consecutive season of professional hockey. The promotional calendar is set to include two postgame concerts, as well as 10 specialty jersey nights scattered throughout the season.
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High-Scoring Winger Smith Makes Peoria Return
August 16, 2018 - 03:10 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced today that the team has signed forward Will Smith to a professional tryout agreement for this October’s training camp. Smith returns to the Rivermen after he posted 33 points in 39 games for Peoria last season before being placed on season-ending injured reserve in March.
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Rivermen Ink Defensemen Smith, Hamilton for Training Camp
August 8, 2018 - 04:40 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Wednesday that the team has signed defensemen Cody Smith and Jake Hamilton to professional tryout agreements for this October’s training camp. Smith returns to the Rivermen after he scored four goals and racked up 15 assists in 29 games after joining the Rivermen via trade last January, while Hamilton comes to Peoria to start his pro career after spending two collegiate seasons at the University of Wisconsin – Superior.
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Oskroba Returns to Bolster Rivermen Blueline
August 6, 2018 - 04:40 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Monday that the team has signed defenseman Ben Oskroba to a professional tryout agreement for this October’s training camp. Oskroba, 28, returns to Peoria for his sixth season in a Rivermen uniform, making him the only player to play for Peoria in each season of their SPHL era.
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Rivermen Re-sign Leading Scorer Hagaman
The Peoria Rivermen announced Wednesday that the team has signed winger Alec Hagaman to a professional tryout agreement for this October’s training camp. Hagaman, a native of the Peoria area, earned All-SPHL First Team accolades last season, leading the league in plus-minus and pacing the Rivermen with 26 goals and 61 total points.
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Gurtler Returns to Rivermen Lineup
July 31, 2018 - 04:09 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Tuesday that the team has signed veteran winger Mike Gurtler to a professional tryout agreement for this October’s training camp. Gurtler, who was among Peoria’s 13 protected players this offseason, returns to the Rivermen for his third full season in Peoria and his seventh overall season as a professional.
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Rivermen Announce Jean-Guy Trudel Coaches Show
The Peoria Rivermen are excited to announce that the team will be holding a monthly Coaches show this season, hosted by The Fieldhouse Bar & Grill in Peoria. Beginning Oct. 23 and running one Tuesday evening each month until March, the show will be held live at the Fieldhouse from 6:30-7:30 PM and be broadcast on mixlr.com/Peoria-Rivermen.
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Rivermen Add Quartet to Training Camp Roster
The Peoria Rivermen announced today that the team has signed veteran center Dean Yakura, rookie forward Chris Magi, and first-year goaltender Braeden Ostepchuk and second-year netminder Aaron Taylor to professional tryout agreements for the team’s October training camp. Yakura will return to Peoria for the first time since skating in one game for the Rivermen during the 2014-15 season, while Ostepchuk, Taylor, and Magi made their professional debuts last season for ECHL Greenville, FHL Danville, and FHL North Shore, respectively.
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Grinbergs Joins Rivermen Blueline Corps
July 8, 2018 - 06:50 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Sunday that the team has signed defenseman Ralfs Grinbergs to a professional tryout agreement for the team’s October training camp. Grinbergs, a 6-foot-4 native of Riga, Latvia, tallied three goals and 14 assists in 51 regular-season games for the Mississippi RiverKings in 2017-18, his first season stateside.
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Rivermen, Storm, Announce Season Ticket Exchange Deal
The Peoria Rivermen and Quad City Storm are excited to announce a deal between the teams that will allow full-season ticket holders to attend away games for a discounted price when the teams face each other during the 2018-19 season. The deal will allow for Rivermen and Storm season ticket holders to purchase $15 premium tickets for Rivermen games at the TaxSlayer Center and Storm games at Carver Arena, respectively.

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Rivermen Release Full 2018-19 Schedule
The Peoria Rivermen, in coordination with the Southern Professional Hockey League, announced the team’s full 2018-19 schedule Friday morning. The Quad City Storm will be Peoria’s most common opponent, with 16 meetings between the teams split evenly between Carver Arena and the TaxSlayer Center, with the latter hosting Peoria’s regular season opener October 20.
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Former Thunderbolts Winger Petaccio Joins Rivermen
June 29, 2018 - 10:04 am
The Peoria Rivermen announced today that the team has signed winger Mark Petaccio to a professional tryout agreement for this October’s training camp. Petaccio joins the Rivermen after he tallied 18 goals and 19 assists over 52 games last season as a member of the Evansville Thunderbolts.
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Rivermen Announce 2018-19 Hall of Fame Inductees
June 10, 2018 - 09:07 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced today that the team plans to induct former IHL and ECHL Rivermen winger Karl “Butch” Kaebel into the its Hall of Fame during the 2018-19 season. Additionally, longtime Rivermen broadcast voice Norm Ulrich, who passed away last October, will be posthumously inducted into the Hall’s Builders Wing.
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Rivermen Release Home Schedule
The Peoria Rivermen, in conjunction with the Southern Professional Hockey League, have announced the dates of the team’s 2018-19 home games today. The Rivermen will open their home slate November 2 at Carver Arena, and include 11 Fridays, 11 Saturdays, five Sundays, and one 10 AM Thursday contest in mid-December. With the exception of December 13, all Peoria’s home games will begin as they did during the 2017-18 season, at 7:15 PM on Fridays and Saturdays and 3:05 PM on Sundays.
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Rivermen Announce 2018 Protected List
The Peoria Rivermen and head coach Jean-Guy Trudel announced the team’s 2018 offseason protected list Wednesday, designating the 13 players from their 2017-18 roster who will be off-limits to Quad City in the Southern Professional Hockey League’s upcoming expansion draft. Additionally, the Rivermen will retain exclusive SPHL negotiation rights with their 13 protected players prior to this October’s training camp and through the duration of the 2018-19 season.
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Rivermen Set to Battle Ice Bears in Semis
April 15, 2018 - 08:55 pm
The Peoria Rivermen, in coordination with the SPHL, announced on Sunday Peoria’s schedule for the President’s Cup Semi Finals series against the Knoxville Ice Bears. The Rivermen and Ice Bears will open their best-of-3 set Wednesday night at 7:15 at Carver Arena.
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Rivermen Set Playoff Roster Monday
April 9, 2018 - 02:50 pm
The Peoria Rivermen have announced the team’s playoff roster Monday on the afternoon of the league’s deadline for postseason rosters to be finalized. Wingers Christian Horn and Ryan Siiro have returned to the Rivermen from their ECHL loans before today’s deadline, while the Rivermen released defenseman Lee Christiansen and winger Michael Economos to bring their playoff roster to the SPHL’s 19-man limit.
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Rivermen Issue Challenge, Set to Face Roanoke
April 8, 2018 - 07:30 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced today as part of the SPHL’s inaugural Challenge Round Selection broadcast that the team has challenged eight-seeded Roanoke to begin the post-season schedule. The Best-Of-3 series will take place at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, nearby the host Rail Yard Dawgs’ Berglund Center, while Game 2, and Game 3 if necessary, will take place at Peoria’s Owens Center due to a scheduling conflict with the Peoria Civic Center.
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Peoria Signs Pair of Forwards to ATOs
April 5, 2018 - 03:20 pm
The Peoria Rivermen have announced today that the team has signed collegiate forwards Nathan Chasteen and Brandon Reinholz to amateur tryout contracts before the team concludes their 2017-18 regular season this weekend at Carver Arena. Chasteen and Reinholz both concluded four-year collegiate careers this season at Robert Morris University and Hamline University, respectively, and will join the Rivermen for the final two games of the regular season this Friday and Saturday.
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Rivermen Announce Potential Date of Challenge Round Opener
April 4, 2018 - 05:00 pm
The Peoria Rivermen are excited to announce today that the team’s first game of the 2018 President’s Cup Challenge Round will most likely take place Wednesday, April 11, at 7:15 PM at Carver Arena, with Peoria’s opponent still to be determined. Of Peoria's five remaining possible choices for a Challenge Round opponent, four would have the top-seeded Rivermen opening the Challenge Round at home.
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Rivermen Bolster Blueline Before Playoff Run
March 28, 2018 - 04:15 pm
The Peoria Rivermen have announced today that the team has re-added defenseman Geoff Fortman to the roster, waived winger Tommy Tsicos, and moved center/winger Will Smith from the 21-day Injured Reserve to Season-Ending IR with a lower body injury he suffered in a March 16 game at Pensacola. Fortman returns to the Rivermen roster after skating in 57 ECHL games for Cincinnati and Rapid City.
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Parks Returns to Rivermen from ECHL Stint
March 20, 2018 - 12:27 pm
The Peoria Rivermen have announced today that the team has re-added goaltender Tyler Parks to the roster, returning the second-year pro from his loan to ECHL Florida. In a separate roster move, the team has placed veteran netminder Peter Di Salvo on waivers.
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Rivermen Announce Watch Party for Playoff Selection Show
March 19, 2018 - 04:48 pm
The Peoria Rivermen are excited to announce the team’s official watch party for the SPHL’s Playoff Selection Show on April 8, to be held inside Carver Arena April 8 at 5:30 PM. Entry to the event will be free to the public, with the league’s playoff selection broadcast scheduled to begin at 6:30 central time.
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Rivermen Announce 2018 Playoff Ticket Pricing
March 7, 2018 - 05:12 pm
The Peoria Rivermen are pleased to announce ticket pricing for the team’s home games during the 2018 SPHL President’s Cup Playoffs. The Rivermen will offer fans the chance to save money by opting to “Pay as we play” and commit to buying tickets for each of Peoria’s home postseason games.
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Rivermen Loan Parks to ECHL Florida, Sign Goaltender Pulde
February 6, 2018 - 04:20 pm
The Peoria Rivermen have announced that goaltender Tyler Parks has been loaned to the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, and that the team has signed goaltender Mason Pulde to a contract before Peoria’s three-game weekend road trip to Birmingham and Macon. Parks’ trip to Florida will mark his second ECHL stint of the season, while Pulde joins the Rivermen after going 3-0-0 in four outings with the FHL’s Watertown Wolves.
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Rivermen Complete Four-Player Trade with Fayetteville Wednesday
January 24, 2018 - 02:00 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Wednesday afternoon that the team has completed a four-player trade with the Fayetteville Marksmen, acquiring goaltender Peter Di Salvo and winger Joe Kalisz in exchange for winger Dakota Klecha and the SPHL rights to winger Nick Miglio, currently on loan to ECHL Kansas City. In a pair of separate moves, the Rivermen have released goaltender Ryan de Melo, and center Joseph Widmar has returned from his loan to ECHL Greenville.
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Rivermen Make Blockbuster Swap, Acquire Bruce from Birmingham
January 23, 2018 - 03:45 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Tuesday that the team has acquired winger Keegan Bruce in a trade with the Birmingham Bulls. In return, rookie center and Rivermen leading goal-scorer Jacob Barber heads to Birmingham.
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Rivermen Activate Greenberg From Injured Reserve Wednesday
January 17, 2018 - 04:20 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced this afternoon that the team has activated center Justin Greenberg from its 30-day injured reserve, and that the team has loaned defenseman Kevin Patterson to ECHL Wichita and winger Nick Miglio to ECHL Kansas City.
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Rivermen Shuffle Roster, Acquire Smith from Huntsville
January 8, 2018 - 02:50 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced over the weekend that the team has acquired defenseman Cody Smith in a trade with the Huntsville Havoc, sending the SPHL rights to defenseman Christian Weidauer to the Havoc. Additionally, the Rivermen have waived goaltender Matt Leon and center Brandon Millin, while winger Nick Miglio is expected to return Monday evening from his loan to ECHL Norfolk.
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Rivermen Add Centerman Jesseau Thursday
January 4, 2018 - 11:00 am
The Peoria Rivermen announced this morning that the team has signed center Dustin Jesseau and moved goaltenders Eric Levine and Storm Phaneuf to season-ending injured reserve ahead of the team’s Friday night game in Southaven, MS against the Mississippi RiverKings. The moves come after Levine and Phaneuf suffered lower-body injuries in back-to-back games December 22 & 23 at Carver Arena.

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Rivermen Can’t Get Enough Phaneuf, Re-sign Standout Netminder
December 11, 2017 - 04:30 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Monday that the team has signed goaltender Storm Phaneuf to a contract before the team’s weekend series in Knoxville. The Gatineau, Quebec native returns to the Rivermen after beginning this season with the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL, where he saw action in five games before being waived over the weekend.
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City of Peoria to Honor Late Rivermen Owner
November 21, 2017 - 10:45 am
The City of Peoria, in conjunction with the Peoria Rivermen and Peoria Civic Center, have announced plans this week to honor late Rivermen owner Bruce Saurs by renaming a stretch of road in downtown Peoria “Bruce Saurs Way”. The run of SW Jefferson Avenue from Fulton Street to William Krumpf Boulevard will be renamed in a ceremony November 25 to honor the late Rivermen owner and his contributions to professional hockey in Peoria.
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RIVERMEN PLACE GREENBERG ON INJURED RESERVE MONDAY
November 20, 2017 - 06:30 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced a series of roster moves Monday, sending winger Justin Greenberg to the 30-day Injured Reserve with an upper-body injury and signing rookie winger Will Smith to a full contract, while adding goaltender Tyler Parks on a full deal and waiving netminder Matt Leon. Additionally, the Rivermen have loaned defenseman Nick Neville to ECHL South Carolina as Peoria prepares to host a pair of games against the Mississippi RiverKings Friday and Saturday night at Carver Arena following the Thanksgiving Holiday.
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Rivermen Gear Up For Nickelodeon Partnership
November 14, 2017 - 11:25 am
The Peoria Rivermen are excited to announce that the team has paired up with media conglomerate Nickelodeon for two of the team's specialty jersey games this season, including Peoria's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles night December 9, and Nick Jr. Paw Patrol night on February 16. The Rivermen are scheduled to wear specialty jerseys for each of the games, with character appearances each night as well.
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Rivermen Tweak Roster Before Weekend Series with Knoxville
November 9, 2017 - 09:05 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced a series of roster moves this week, placing center Eric Witzel and goaltender Mike Santaguida on waivers, and signing center Christian Horn and netminder Matt Leon before Peoria opens a home-and-home series with the Knoxville Ice Bears Friday night in Tennessee.
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Rivermen Mourn Loss of Longtime Broadcaster Ulrich
October 23, 2017 - 10:20 pm
The Peoria Rivermen are saddened Monday night to learn of the passing of longtime broadcast voice Norm Ulrich, who spent 14 seasons as the play-by-play broadcaster for the team until his retirement in 2007. Ulrich worked for the Rivermen from 1988-92 and from 1995 until his retirement after the 2006-07 season.
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Rivermen Sign Defenseman Fortman
October 18, 2017 - 06:00 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced late Wednesday afternoon that the team has signed defenseman Geoff Fortman to a contract prior to the team’s 2017-18 season opener. He becomes the first player to sign with a professional team under the Consolidated Sports Holdings International LLC umbrella after spending his two-year junior career with the CSH-owned Amarillo Bulls of the NAHL.
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Rivermen Trim Training Camp Roster with Final Cuts
October 18, 2017 - 05:55 pm
The Peoria Rivermen released four players from the club’s training camp roster today, leaving themselves with a full 18-man roster ahead of their season opener Saturday night in Evansville. Among the 18 remaining players, 10 are returning to Peoria, while eight will be making their Rivermen debuts this season.
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Rivermen Launch New Online Merchandise Store
October 15, 2017 - 06:05 pm
The Peoria Rivermen have announced Sunday that the team has partnered with Advanced-Online to launch a new online merchandise store, wearthewheel.com. The new site will feature over 2,000 unique items featuring Rivermen logos, ranging from shirts and hats to business accessories and pet supplies.
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Rivermen Cut Roster to 22 at Midpoint of Training Camp
October 15, 2017 - 05:20 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced a wave of roster cuts Sunday afternoon before the SPHL’s Sunday-night 22-man roster cut-down deadline. In order to reduce the roster to 22 players, including goalies, Peoria released goaltender Dylan Wells and forwards Nathan Pelligra and Brandon Platt.
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Rivermen Kick Off 2017 Training Camp Wednesday
October 11, 2017 - 09:25 am
The Peoria Rivermen have announced the team’s official training camp tryout roster and practice schedule today as the franchise prepares to begin its 36th season of professional hockey in Peoria. The Rivermen are expected to begin practice at 10 AM today at Owens Center in Peoria with a roster of 18 skaters and four goaltenders, with players to be added and removed from that roster throughout the duration of camp until next Wednesday’s SPHL roster deadline, by which point all teams must have their 19-man opening-night roster submitted to the league.
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Rivermen Ink Goaltender Levine on Eve of Training Camp
October 10, 2017 - 05:55 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced today that the team has signed veteran goaltender Eric Levine to a professional tryout agreement for this season’s training camp, which is set to begin tomorrow. Levine, 29, returns to the Rivermen for the first time since the 2014-15 season after spending all of last season in ECHL Indy on a two-way contract with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs.
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Rivermen Announce 2017-18 Promo Calendar
September 4, 2017 - 06:15 pm
The Peoria Rivermen have announced their promotional schedule today for the upcoming 2017-18 Southern Professional Hockey League season. Among Peoria’s 28 home games, the SPHL team will host a full promotional schedule including seven specialty jersey nights, 12 giveaway games, and the first Wiener Dog Race night in team history.
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Rivermen Re-Sign Defenseman Neville, Add Rookie Goalie Leon
August 29, 2017 - 05:20 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Tuesday that the team has signed defenseman Nick Neville and rookie goaltender Matt Leon to professional tryout contracts for the team’s October training camp. Neville returns to the Rivermen after he played in seven games last season following a season-opening 18-game stint with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays, while Leon comes to Peoria after the conclusion of his four-year college career at SUNY-Geneseo.
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Rivermen Sign Klecha, Wells to Training Camp Deals
August 28, 2017 - 04:50 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Monday that the team has signed winger Dakota Klecha and goaltender Dylan Wells to professional tryout contracts for the team’s October training camp. Klecha returns to Peoria after spending his first North American pro season with the Rivermen in 2016-17, while Wells joins Peoria after spending his rookie campaign with SPHL Knoxville following a collegiate career at the University of Southern Maine and Utica College.
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CSH International to Join Rivermen Ownership
August 24, 2017 - 03:30 pm
The Peoria Rivermen, proud members of the Southern Professional Hockey League, announced today that Bill Yuill, the CEO and Chairman of Alberta’s Monarch Corporation and Consolidated Sports Holdings International, has become a majority owner of the Rivermen, along with current minority Rivermen co-owners Bart Rogers and John Butler. Per the agreement, CSH International, the sports division of Yuill’s Monarch Corporation, will now hold majority ownership of the Peoria franchise, now entering its 36th consecutive season of operation, ranking among the longest in all minor pro hockey.
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Pszenyczny Returns to Rivermen Blueline
August 20, 2017 - 06:15 pm
The Peoria Rivermen have announced today that the team has re-signed veteran defenseman Dave Pszenyczny to a training camp contract for the team’s preseason camp. The veteran defenseman returns for his third season on the Rivermen blueline after he posted three goals and a career-high 28 assists in 47 games last season before adding six helpers in seven postseason contests.
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Riedel Named Rivermen Athletic Trainer
August 13, 2017 - 03:25 pm
The Peoria Rivermen, in coordination with Midwest Orthopaedic Center, announced today that Brian Riedel has been named the team’s athletic trainer for the 2017-18 season. Riedel becomes the second trainer in Peoria’s SPHL era, replacing departing trainer Michelle Novak, who had worked with the Rivermen since the SPHL franchise’s foundation in 2013.
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Rivermen Sign Cluster of New Faces to Camp Roster
August 12, 2017 - 04:50 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Saturday that the team has signed winger Dustin Jesseau, defenseman Derek Stahl, center Jacob Barber, and forward Cameron Rossman to professional tryout agreements for the team’s October training camp.
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Rivermen Add Witzel to Training Camp Roster
August 10, 2017 - 05:10 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced today that the team has signed center Eric Witzel to a professional tryout deal for this October’s training camp. Witzel, 24, began his first full pro season in the Federal Hockey League last year before playing in 17 SPHL games for Huntsville and 7 more with the Rivermen, additionally skating in five of Peoria’s seven postseason tilts.
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Peoria Native Hagaman Returns for Fourth Rivermen Season
August 10, 2017 - 05:00 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced today that the team has signed winger Alec Hagaman to a training camp deal for the team’s upcoming camp, set to take place prior to October’s season opener. The Peoria native returns to the Rivermen for his fourth full season in Peoria after he set career highs with 25 assists and 37 points and led Peoria with 108 penalty minutes last season.
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Playoff Leader Gorman Returns to Peoria for Sophomore Season
August 7, 2017 - 05:10 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced today that the team has signed winger Connor Gorman to a professional tryout contract for Peoria’s 2017 training camp. Gorman returns to the Rivermen after leading the league with 11 points in seven playoff contests last season to help Peoria reach the President’s Cup Finals in his rookie campaign.
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Leading Goal Scorer Dion Returns to Rivermen Attack
August 6, 2017 - 07:25 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced today that the team has inked veteran winger Cody Dion to a training camp deal prior to the 2017-18 season. Dion returns to the Rivermen after leading the team with 24 goals in just 48 games last season.
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Rivermen Bolster Back End with Big Additions
August 3, 2017 - 05:45 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Thursday that the team has signed a pair of players to professional tryout agreements for this October’s training camp, adding 6-foot-5 defenseman Ben Oskroba and 6-foot-6 goaltender Spencer Bacon to the team’s training camp roster. Oskroba and Bacon join winger Mike Gurtler and defensemen Kevin Kirisits and Kyle LeBrun on Peoria’s training camp ledger, with the Rivermen expected to open training camp in early October before October 21’s season opener.
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Rivermen to Induct Kelly Cup Champ Clark into Hall of Fame
July 26, 2017 - 09:35 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Wednesday that the team will induct former ECHL Rivermen forward Darren Clark into the Peoria Professional Hockey Hall of Fame at the team’s February 17 game against Fayetteville.
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Rivermen Sign Fan-Favorite Gurtler Out of Retirement
July 19, 2017 - 02:00 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Wednesday that the team has signed winger Mike Gurtler to a professional tryout agreement for this October’s training camp, ending the 30-year-old’s one-year retirement from pro hockey. Additionally, the Rivermen have added rookie defensemen Kevin Kirisits and Kyle LeBrun to the team’s training camp roster. Kirisits played in three games for the Rivermen last March after concluding his collegiate career at Utica College, while LeBrun wrapped up a four-year college career last season at Wentworth Institute of Technology.
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Rivermen Announce 2017-18 Schedule
June 11, 2017 - 09:00 pm
The Peoria Rivermen, in coordination with the Southern Professional Hockey League, announced their 2017-18 schedule Sunday. The Rivermen will open their season with games at Evansville October 21 and 24 before hosting Bruce Saurs Hockey Weekend in Peoria October 27 and 28 against the expansion Birmingham Bulls.
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Rivermen Strike Deal, Keep Trudel in Peoria with Two-Year Pact
May 23, 2017 - 05:05 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Tuesday that the team has agreed to terms with Jean-Guy Trudel on a two-year contract extension to keep Trudel behind the Rivermen bench through the 2018-19 season. The announcement comes after the 2-time SPHL Coach of the Year guided the Rivermen to their second straight appearance in the President’s Cup Finals.
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Rivermen, Civic Center, Agree to Lease Extension
May 19, 2017 - 08:35 pm
The Peoria Rivermen and the Peoria Civic Center have announced Thursday that the facility and the team have reached an agreement on a lease extension that will allow the Rivermen to continue playing their home games at Carver Arena through the 2019-20 season. The agreement comes days before the Southern Professional Hockey League is expected to release the schedule for the 2017-18 season.
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SPHL Announces Schedule for Presidents Cup Semi Finals
April 15, 2017 - 10:35 pm
The Southern Professional Hockey League on Saturday night announced the schedule for the best-of-3 semi-final series between the Peoria Rivermen and Huntsville Havoc. The winner of the series will face the winner of a Best-of-3 set between the Macon Mayhem and the Pensacola Ice Flyers in the Presidents Cup Finals.
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Rivermen Announce Playoff Roster Before First-Round Series
April 10, 2017 - 02:05 pm
Peoria, IL – The Peoria Rivermen announced their 19-man roster for the 2017 SPHL Presidents Cup Playoffs Monday afternoon before the Rivermen begin their first-round best-of-3 series against the Knoxville Ice Bears Wednesday at Carver Arena. The Rivermen have activated winger Cody Dion and Dakota Klecha from the 14-day and 21-day Injured Reserves, respectively, waived defenseman Rich Ledy, and released rookie center Jackson Leef from his three-game tryout contract, all prior to today’s 1 PM deadline for playoff rosters to be submitted.
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SPHL Announces Potential First-Round Playoff Scenarios
April 6, 2017 - 11:15 am
Peoria, IL – Prior to the regular season’s final weekend, the Southern Professional Hockey League has announced possible first-round playoff schedules for the 2017 President’s Cup Playoffs, set to begin next week. With the Rivermen able to finish anywhere from first to fourth, depending on the results of games around the league, the SPHL has approved scenarios for each potential matchup.
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Rivermen Activate Bremner, Waive Kirisits Saturday
April 1, 2017 - 01:00 pm
Peoria, IL – The Peoria Rivermen announced Saturday that the team has activated veteran winger and team captain Dan Bremner from the 21 day injured reserve, and placed rookie defenseman Kevin Kirisits on waivers before Peoria’s Saturday night rematch with the Fayetteville FireAntz at Carver Arena.
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Rivermen Place Dion on IR, Olivieri Returns from ECHL Missouri
March 31, 2017 - 12:20 pm
Peoria, IL – The Peoria Rivermen announced Friday afternoon that the team has placed winger Cody Dion on the 14-day Injured Reserve, retroactive to March 26, with a lower-body injury, and returned defenseman Don Olivieri from his loan to the ECHL’s Missouri Mavericks. Both moves come before Peoria’s three-game weekend clash with the Fayetteville FireAntz at Carver Arena.
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Rivermen Add Defenseman Neville, Return Weidauer from ECHL Loan
March 22, 2017 - 03:50 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Wednesday that the team has signed defenseman Nick Neville to a full contract and returned blueliner Christian Weidauer from his loan to ECHL Brampton. Additionally, the Rivermen announced Wednesday that the team has placed rookie center Nick D’Avolio on waivers, and claimed former Huntsville Havoc center Eric Witzel from waivers.
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Rivermen Waive Hutchinson Monday
March 20, 2017 - 01:15 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Monday that the team has placed defenseman Cole Hutchinson on waivers. Additionally, the Rivermen have released defender Patrick Harrison from his three-game tryout contract.
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Rivermen Shuffle Forwards, Sign College Defenseman Tuesday
March 14, 2017 - 01:30 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced a series of roster moves Tuesday, signing Utica College defenseman Kevin Kirisits to a full contact and returning rookie winger Ryan Keller from his loan to ECHL Indy. Additionally, the Rivermen placed center Garrett Vermeersch on waivers and put winger Dakota Klecha on the 14-day injured reserve with an upper-body injury.
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Rivermen Ship Green to Fayetteville, Get Parks Back From ECHL Elmira
February 23, 2017 - 04:00 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Thursday afternoon that the team has traded goaltender Tyler Green to the Fayetteville FireAntz for future considerations. Additionally, the Rivermen have re-added goaltender Tyler Parks to their roster after they loaned him to ECHL Elmira January 21.
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Rivermen Loan Oliveri to ECHL Missouri, Activate Klecha From IR
February 23, 2017 - 09:45 am
The Peoria Rivermen announced Thursday that the team has loaned defenseman Don Olivieri to the ECHL Missouri Mavericks and activated winger Dakota Klecha from Injured Reserve before Peoria’s three-game weekend series with the Evansville Thunderbolts.
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Rivermen Place Klecha on Injured Reserve
February 6, 2017 - 03:55 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Monday that the team has placed leading scorer Dakota Klecha on 14-day Injured Reserve with an upper body injury suffered during Peoria’s February 4 game against Mississippi.
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SPHL Announces Schedule Changes
February 1, 2017 - 10:00 am
The Southern Professional Hockey League announced Wednesday morning that they have altered several games in the league schedule in order to replace the January 20 game that was postponed following the Columbus Cottonmouths team bus accident en route to Peoria two weeks ago.
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Rivermen Loan Greenside to ECHL Idaho
January 31, 2017 - 05:40 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Tuesday afternoon that the team has loaned 2015-16 SPHL Defenseman of the Year Brandon Greenside to the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL. Greenside is expected to join the Steelheads for their game Wednesday night in Idaho against the Utah Grizzlies.
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Rivermen Announce Phaneuf’s Return to Roster Before Road Weekend
January 25, 2017 - 11:00 am
The Peoria Rivermen announced on Wednesday that the team has re-signed goaltender Storm Phaneuf, releasing emergency backup Brian Hamilton in advance of the team’s weekend trip to Mississippi and Evansville for games Friday and Saturday, respectively.
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Rivermen, Cottonmouths, Postpone Friday’s Game
January 19, 2017 - 10:55 pm
The Peoria Rivermen and Columbus Cottonmouths, in cooperation with the Southern Professional Hockey League, announced Thursday night that the scheduled game between the teams for Friday, January 20, has been postponed, with a make-up date to be determined. Saturday’s scheduled contest between the Rivermen and Cottonmouths will still be played at Carver Arena.
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Rivermen Reschedule Postponed Game with Evansville
January 16, 2017 - 05:15 pm
The Peoria Rivermen, along with the SPHL and the Evansville Thunderbolts, announced Monday that the team’s home game with Evansville that had been scheduled for January 15, will now be played Sunday, February 26, starting at 5:05 PM.
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Rivermen Announce Postponement of Sunday Game with Evansville
January 13, 2017 - 06:40 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Friday that the team, in cooperation with the SPHL and the Evansville Thunderbolts, have postponed SPHL Game # 135, scheduled for Sunday, January 15 at Carver Arena. The game will be rescheduled, with a make-up date expected to be announced within the next week.
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Rivermen Sign Defenseman Driscoll Before Three-Game Weekend
January 12, 2017 - 03:45 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced on Thursday afternoon that the team has signed defenseman Bo Driscoll to a contract before Peoria’s three-game home weekend with Macon and Evansville. Driscoll began this season with Evansville, notching a pair of goals in 25 games to go with 24 penalty minutes before being waived this week.
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Rivermen Place Bremner on IR, Get Parks Back From ECHL Missouri
January 11, 2017 - 11:00 am
The Peoria Rivermen announced Wednesday morning that the team has placed veteran winger and team captain Dan Bremner on 21-day injured reserve after he suffered an upper-body injury at the end of the first period of last Saturday’s game at Mississippi. The team also announced Wednesday that they have received goaltender Tyler Parks back from his loan to ECHL Missouri, and have waived rookie goaltender Storm Phaneuf, allowing him to return to FHL Danville.
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Rivermen Announce Denis Savard Appearance for March 4
January 10, 2017 - 09:40 pm
The Peoria Rivermen made another addition to their promotional calendar Tuesday, giving an additional spin to their scheduled Chicago Blackhawks night for March 4. The Rivermen will be hosting Blackhawks legend and NHL Hall of Famer Denis Savard at the game, in addition to the Blackhawks’ Bud Light Ice Girls and mascot Tommy Hawk. The Rivermen will also wear specialty Blackhawks jerseys, and auction the game-worn sweaters off after the game against the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs.
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Rivermen Announce New Ticket Pricing Before Hat Trick of Home Games
January 9, 2017 - 05:55 pm
The Peoria Rivermen have announced Monday that the team will be reducing the price of tickets in section nine of the lower bowl at Carver Arena to $9 for the rest of the season. The addition comes with the Rivermen approaching the midway point of their season, and ahead of Peoria’s first three-game home weekend.
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ECHL Call-Ups Shake Up Rivermen Roster Before New Year’s Weekend
December 27, 2016 - 10:45 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced Tuesday that goaltender Tyler Parks and forward Michael Colantone have been loaned to ECHL Missouri and Colorado, respectively, before the Rivermen host a pair of games with the Mississippi RiverKings this Friday and Saturday. Parks signed with the Mavericks during last season’s ECHL playoffs, but did not enter a game for the Mavericks, while Colantone spent last season with ECHL Indy and played one game with the Fuel on a loan earlier this season before returning to the Rivermen before the team’s last game December 23 at Evansville.
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Rivermen Get Keller Back From ECHL Indy, Loan Riley to Adirondack
December 6, 2016 - 07:40 pm
The Peoria Rivermen on Tuesday announced a series of roster moves, loaning defenseman Conor Riley to ECHL Adirondack, and returning center/winger Ryan Keller from his loan to ECHL Indy. Additionally, the team has placed defenseman Brandon Greenside on the 21-day injured reserve. Finally, the Southern Professional Hockey League announced Tuesday that the suspension of winger Adam Stuart, who missed Saturday’s clash in Columbus pending further review of an unpenalized hit in last Friday’s contest, would not last more than the one game Stuart has already served.
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Rivermen Reschedule Zobrist Appearance for January 21
December 2, 2016 - 09:45 am
The Peoria Rivermen are pleased to announce that the previously postponed appearance by Chicago Cubs All-Star and World Series MVP Ben Zobrist will be held during Peoria’s January 21 game against Columbus. The Eureka native was scheduled to appear at Peoria’s November 26 game before illness prevented him from traveling to Central Illinois.
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Greenside Returns to Rivermen Blueline
November 30, 2016 - 03:05 pm
The Peoria Rivermen on Wednesday announced that the team has re-signed 2015-16 SPHL Defenseman of the Year Brandon Greenside to its roster. The London, Ontario native paced all SPHL defensemen with 37 points last season, including 31 assists, and led the entire league with a +31 rating while he was the only Rivermen player to suit up for all 56 regular-season games.
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Rivermen Complete Trade With Havoc, Sign Colantone
November 28, 2016 - 04:05 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced a series of roster moves Monday, trading center Johnny Daniels to the Huntsville Havoc in exchange for winger Jeff Jones, placing defenseman Rich Ledy on the 21-day injured reserve with a lower body injury suffered in Saturday’s shootout loss to Evansville, activating blueliner Christian Weidauer from the 14-day IR, and signing former ECHL Indy winger Michael Colantone.
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Rivermen Zobrist Appearance Postponed Due to Illness
November 25, 2016 - 09:15 am
The Peoria Rivermen are sad to announce that due to an unforeseen illness that has prevented Ben Zobrist from traveling, this Saturday’s appearance at Carver Arena by the World Series MVP and Eureka native has been postponed. A make-up date is expected to be announced in the coming days, and fans are encouraged to keep their ticket stub from Saturday’s game and redeem it through the Toyota Box Office at the Peoria Civic Center for a free ticket to the night of the rescheduled appearance, or any other 2016-17 regular-season Rivermen home game.
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Rivermen Complete Blockbuster Trade, Re-Acquire 2015-16 Scoring Leader Stuart from Fayetteville
November 21, 2016 - 07:45 pm
The Peoria Rivermen completed a bevy of roster moves Monday, trading elite center Jake Hauswirth and defenseman Mark Corbett to Fayetteville in exchange for Peoria’s 2015-16 scoring leader Adam Stuart. Additionally, the Rivermen have re-signed captain Dan Bremner, who had been released last Friday November 11.
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Rivermen Sign Winger St-Cyr, Defender Riley to 3-Game Tryout Deals
November 18, 2016 - 12:25 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced on Friday morning that the team has inked winger Maxime St-Cyr and defenseman Conor Riley to three-game tryout contracts before the Rivermen depart for a three-game, three-day road trip to Knoxville, Huntsville, and Mississippi.
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Rivermen Add Rookie Goaltender Parks to Roster
November 15, 2016 - 05:20 pm
The Peoria Rivermen added a second goaltender to their roster on Tuesday, signing rookie Tyler Parks to a full contract after the team waived Troy Davenport on Monday afternoon. Parks comes to Peoria after playing four games this season for the expansion Evansville Thunderbolts, going 0-3-1 with a 3.47 Goals Against Average and a .896 save percentage over 242 minutes in net.
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Rivermen Add Fireworks Show, Zach McAllister to Promo Calendar
November 14, 2016 - 06:55 pm
The Peoria Rivermen are excited to announce a pair of additions to their December promotional calendar. Peoria’s December 9 faceoff with Knoxville will be highlighted by an appearance from Cleveland Indians right-handed pitcher Zach McAllister appearing at the team’s December 9 game, while the team’s December 31 game with Mississippi will feature a post-game indoor fireworks show sponsored by Illinois Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 34.
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Rivermen Announce Pszenyczny’s Return, Send Misuraca to Evansville
November 14, 2016 - 05:25 pm
The Peoria Rivermen on Monday announced the signing of veteran defenseman Dave Pszenyczny to a full contract after Pszenyczny’s SPHL-imposed eight-game suspension expired over the weekend. In additional roster moves, the Rivermen sent rookie blueliner Frank Misuraca to Evansville for future considerations and released goaltender Troy Davenport, with Peoria expected to add another goaltender before the team leaves for Knoxville to begin a three-game road trip this Friday.
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Rivermen Release Bremner, Bring Back Misuraca
November 11, 2016 - 05:50 pm
The Peoria Rivermen on Friday afternoon announced that the team has waived veteran captain Dan Bremner. Bremner, who was in his third season with Peoria, was named the Rivermen captain prior to last season, and continuously served in that role until his release Friday.
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Wallin Returns to Peoria Prior to Weekend Clash with Huntsville
November 9, 2016 - 04:55 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced the signing of center-winger Terrence Wallin to a contract Wednesday, as well as the release of defenseman Mitchell Mueller. Wallin skated in 33 games for Peoria last season, posting 12 goals and 11 assists before earning a call-up to ECHL Adirondack, where he logged an additional 11 points on four goals and seven assists in 25 contests.
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Rivermen Make Pair of SPHL Swaps, Sign Three Additional Players
November 7, 2016 - 06:25 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced a pair of trades and a trio of signings late Monday, sending defenseman Luke Eibler and forwards Geordie Wudrick and Josh Harris to the Evansville Thunderbolts in exchange for center John Daniels, and swapping veteran blueliner Joe Sova to the Mississippi RiverKings for second-year defender Donald Olivieri. Additionally, the Rivermen have signed winger Ryan Keller to a full contract after his three-game tryout expired, in addition to bringing back returners Alec Hagaman and Ben Oskroba, who had been recovering from offseason injuries, on full deals.
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World Series MVP Ben Zobrist Rivermen Guest of Honor November 26
November 3, 2016 - 02:35 pm
The Peoria Rivermen are excited to announce that Eureka native Ben Zobrist, who is scheduled to appear as the Guest of Honor at Peoria’s November 26 game against Evansville courtesy of CEFCU and the Peoria Civic Center, has been named the Most Valuable Player of the 2016 World Series. Zobrist helped the Chicago Cubs to the team’s first World Series title in 108 years to become a 2-time Champion himself, after he won the World Series with the Kansas City Royals last season.
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Rivermen Waive Grogan, Taulien, Sign Goaltender Davenport
October 31, 2016 - 05:50 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced on Monday that the team has waived goaltender Matt Grogan and forward Alexander Taulien, and signed goaltender Troy Davenport with more moves expected before the team travels to Evansville, Indiana for a Wednesday morning game against the Thunderbolts.
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Rivermen Cut Phaneuf, Szabados Following Opening Weekend Losses
October 24, 2016 - 05:30 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced on Monday that the team has released goaltenders Storm Phaneuf and Shannon Szabados following the Rivermen’s Opening Weekend losses to the Huntsville Havoc in which Peoria was out-scored 11-2 in two games. Additionally, the team has placed defenseman Carl Nielsen on indefinite team suspension after he chose to leave the team for personal reasons. The Rivermen also announced on Monday that the team waived rookie forward Ian Harris.
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Rivermen Add 3, Release 4 from Camp Roster
October 18, 2016 - 08:40 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced on Tuesday that the team has signed forwards Dmitri Ognev, Ian Harris, and Alex Taulien to professional tryout agreements while releasing goaltenders Troy Passingham and Tyler Green, along with defenseman Kyllian Kirkwood and winger Al Graves, just three days before Peoria is set to open its 2016-17 season at home against the Huntsville Havoc.
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Rivermen Announce Training Camp Practice Schedule
October 7, 2016 - 08:40 pm
The Peoria Rivermen announced their training camp practice schedule on Thursday, just under a week before their first on-ice session. Training camp practices are set to begin Wednesday, October 12 at the Peoria Civic Center, with the final roster cut to 18 players by the SPHL's October 19 deadline.
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Rivermen Bolster Defensive Corps, Add Experience and Youth
September 21, 2016 - 04:25 pm
PEORIA, IL - The Peoria Rivermen added a pair of experienced defensemen to their training camp roster Wednesday, signing Joe Sova and Christian Weidauer to professional tryout agreements for their 2016 training camp. Sova and Weidauer will attend Peoria's training camp in mid-October, where they will compete for a spot on Peoria's 18-man opening night roster.

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Rivermen Add Experienced Blueliner Nielsen to Training Camp
September 20, 2016 - 06:05 pm
PEORIA, IL - The Peoria Rivermen added size and experience to their defensive unit Tuesday when they signed 6-foot-4, 225-pound defenseman Carl Nielsen to a professional tryout contract for their 2016 training camp. Nielsen becomes the fifth Rivermen defenseman signed to a training camp deal with Peoria expected to open their training camp in mid-October before they open the 2016-17 regular season October 21 at Carver Arena against Huntsville.

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Rivermen Sign Szabados to Professional Tryout Pact
September 20, 2016 - 05:50 pm
PEORIA, IL - The Peoria Rivermen on Tuesday announced that they have signed goaltender Shannon Szabados to a professional tryout contract for their 2016 training camp, where Szabados will compete for a spot on Peoria's opening night roster. Szabados joins the Rivermen after spending parts of three seasons with Columbus, where she became the SPHL's first female player at the end of the 2013-14 season before spending two more full years with the Cottonmouths.

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Rivermen Release 2016-2017 Promotional Schedule
September 19, 2016 - 04:50 pm
PEORIA, IL - The Peoria Rivermen, proud members of the Southern Professional Hockey League, are excited to announce their full promotional schedule for the 2016-17 season. In addition to previously announced appearances by Ben Zobrist and Julianna Zobrist, the Rivermen will host the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders at a game this season, as well as a slew of improved giveaway nights throughout the season.

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Rivermen Add Former Scoring Leader, Denver University Defenseman
September 14, 2016 - 04:10 pm
PEORIA, IL - The Peoria Rivermen on Wednesday announced the signing of center Josh Harris and defenseman Nick Neville to professional tryout contracts for Peoria's 2016 training camp. Harris and Neville join a list of nine other players who will be among those competing for a spot on Peoria's Opening Night roster October 21.

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Rivermen Announce Morra's Return, Add Eibler to Training Camp Roster
September 13, 2016 - 06:15 pm
PEORIA, IL - The Peoria Rivermen on Tuesday announced the signing of high-scoring winger Steve Morra and rookie defenseman Luke Eibler to professional tryout contracts for the team's 2016 training camp, where the pair will vie for spots on Peoria's Opening Night roster October 21. Morra has spent parts of the past three seasons with the Rivermen, while Eibler wrapped up a four-year collegiate career last season before beginning his pro career by playing five games for the Berlin River Drivers of the Federal Hockey League.

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Rivermen Goaltender Rank Announces Retirement
September 4, 2016 - 08:15 pm
PEORIA, IL - After five SPHL seasons, Kyle Rank is calling it a career. The Rivermen netminder and two-time SPHL Goaltender of the Year announced his retirement on Sunday, concluding a career that included 148 games, 83 wins, and a league-record 13 shutouts.

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