Rivermen Win Inaugural Illinois Lottery Cup
March 15, 2012
The Peoria Rivermen have beaten the Chicago Wolves and Rockford IceHogs in the first-ever Illinois Lottery Cup. By virtue of a 12-8 record, 0.600 winning percentage, Peoria has secured the best overall winning percentage in head-to-head series between the three Illinois-based teams.
“Congratulations to the Peoria Rivermen and their fans for winning the inaugural Illinois Lottery Cup,” said Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones. “It certainly was fun to watch the competition unfold between the Rivermen, Wolves and IceHogs this season. The Lottery is proud to be a part of this competition and I look forward to officially presenting the Illinois Lottery Cup to the Rivermen at their first home game next season!”
So far this season, there have been a combined 32 games between the three rivals. Peoria has won 12 of the games while Chicago and Rockford have each won 10.
“On behalf of the entire Rivermen organization, we are thrilled to be crowned the inaugural Illinois Lottery Cup champions,” said Rivermen Chief Operating Officer Jason Penning. “Not only was the competition fierce on the ice but it was also engaging for the fans. Thank you to the Illinois Lottery for making this a reality.”
While the teams competed on the ice, fans were treated to special events at many Illinois Lottery Cup games. Fans have been able to take pictures with the Cup. Special in-game promotions, such as the “Powerball Toss,” made fans all over the arena winners with free Illinois Lottery instant game tickets given away.
"I would like to congratulate the Rivermen on clinching the first-ever Illinois Lottery Cup,” said Gordon Kaye, executive director of the IceHogs. “While we are disappointed to not be the first team name emblazoned on the Cup, we are all looking forward to competing for the prestigious award in the years to come.”
"We are thrilled with the traction that the Illinois Lottery Cup has gained throughout the season with our fans,” said Chicago Wolves President Mike Gordon. “The natural rivalry between Peoria, Rockford and the Wolves is enhanced through this competition. We are looking forward to competing for the Cup again next season."
About the Illinois Lottery Cup
The Illinois Lottery Cup brings a new level of excitement to the regular-season games played between the Chicago Wolves, Peoria Rivermen and Rockford IceHogs. The three teams competed all season for the best regular-season record against one another. Not only does the Illinois Lottery Cup provide an added element of competition for the three intrastate rivals this season, but it brings the Lottery out to each community to cheer on all three teams and connect with American Hockey League fans.
About the Illinois Lottery
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over$17 billion to the state Common School Fund, as well as the Capital Projects Fund. Players must be at least 18 years old.