Rivermen Re-Sign Defenseman Neville, Add Rookie Goalie Leon

August 29, 2017 - 05:20 pm

Photo Credit: Addison Blair/Peoria Rivermen

Rivermen Re-Sign Defenseman Neville, Add Rookie Goalie Leon

Blueliner notched four points in seven games with Peoria after ECHL stint


Peoria, IL – 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.


Neville, 23, signed with the Rivermen last summer before making the Stingrays Opening Night roster in October, eventually skating in 18 games before being released by South Carolina March 18. The Bloomfield Hills, MI native joined the Rivermen for the team’s weekend series in Knoxville March 24 & 25, posting his first pro goal in his SPHL debut. All told with the Rivermen, Neville logged a goal and three assists in seven regular-season games, adding an assist in seven postseason contests.


“Neville gave a great boost to our defense late in the season last year,” said Rivermen Head Coach/GM Jean-Guy Trudel. “He can do everything you want out of a defenseman, he can move the puck, he can shoot, and he plays tough and disciplined in his own end. We’re pumped to see what he can do playing a full season in our system.”


Leon, meanwhile, comes to the Rivermen after a four-year collegiate career at D-III SUNY-Geneseo, where he went 11-3-1in a 24-game career with a 2.15 career goals-against average and .925 save percentage. In 11 games as a senior last season, the 25-year-old native of Pineville, NC played in 11 contests, going 6-2-0 and setting career-bests with a 1.76 GAA, .935 saves rate, and a pair of shutouts.


Season and group tickets for Peoria’s 2017-18 home games are available now by calling the Rivermen office at (309)-676-1040. The Rivermen open the 2017-18 regular season at Evansville October 21, and commence the home portion of their schedule October 27 & 28 at Carver Arena against the expansion Birmingham Bulls.


Full season tickets for Peoria's 36th season of professional hockey presented by Midwest Orthopaedic Center are on sale at the Rivermen office in the Peoria Civic Center, located at 201 S.W. Jefferson Street, or over the phone at (309) 676-1040. For the latest Rivermen news and notes, follow online at www.rivermen.net or through Facebook (www.facebook.com/PeoriaRivermen) - Twitter(https://twitter.com/Peoria_Rivermen)