Blues Call on Cracknell, Rivermen Sign Riley
March 1, 2011
St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has recalled forward Adam Cracknell from the Blues’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen. In a related move, the Rivermen have signed forward Blair Riley to a professional tryout contract.
Riley, 25, joins Peoria from the Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL) where he has 32 points (14g, 8a) in 49 games. He has also seen action in four games this year with the San Antonio Rampage between Dec. 29 and Jan. 2. He scored in his first game with the Rampage.
A rookie, the 6-foot, 210-pound winger appeared in three games last season with the Springfield Falcons after completing a four-year career at Ferris State University. In 147 games at the collegiate level, Riley accounted for 42 goals and 45 assists for 87 points to accompany 262 penalty minutes.
Cracknell, 25, has played in 54 games for the Rivermen this season notching 21 points including six goals and 15 assists. The 6’1, 216-pound forward has also made nine appearances for the Blues collecting one assist including his NHL debut on Dec. 15, 2010 at Detroit.
The Prince Albert, Saskatchewan native was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in the ninth round, 279th overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He was signed as a free agent by the Blues on July 23, 2009.