Kevin Tucker was named assistant coach for the team’s inaugural season in the Southern Professional Hockey League on May 25, 2013. Although his previous coaching experience is limited to amateur hockey, he played professionally for parts of four seasons, including three with Peoria, and has had the opportunity to learn under some key names.
Prior to joining the Rivermen, Tucker, 37, spent the past two seasons as the assistant coach of the amateur Peoria Mustangs (North American 3 Hockey League), working under current Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel. During that span, the Mustangs qualified for the playoffs in each season and went on to the NA3HL Silver Cup Championship this past March.
Tucker was also an assistant coach of the Mustangs during the 2006-07 season, where he served alongside former Rivermen and NHL winger Denis Cyr.
His professional playing career began in the former United Hockey League in 1999, following two seasons at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Over a two-year span, Tucker recorded 15 points (3g, 12a) in 111 regular season games with the Mohawk Valley Prowlers.
In 2000, he graduated to the East Coast Hockey League, where he played just three games with the Arkansas RiverBlades before he was traded to the Rivermen. Tucker appeared in 72 regular season games as a defenseman for ECHL Peoria and registered nine points (2g, 7a) along with 73 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 19 playoff games between the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.
Tucker spent the final 58 games of his playing career with the ECHL’s Baton Rouge Kingfish, where he notched six points (1g, 5a) and 66 penalty minutes in 2002-03.
The Mississauga, Ontario native currently resides in Peoria with his wife Tracy.
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