Hamilton Eyeing Championship in Peoria

September 10, 2019 - 04:55 am

Hamilton Eyeing Championship in Peoria

Local product returns to Rivermen blueline


Peoria, IL- The Peoria Rivermen announced today that the team has signed defenseman Jake Hamilton to a professional tryout agreement for the upcoming Rivermen training camp. Additionally, the Rivermen have also signed winger Trent Durocher and veteran international forward Dave Nippard to professional tryout agreements.


Hamilton looks to start his second season of pro hockey after playing his rookie year with the Rivermen in 2018-19, where he scored four goals and 16 points in 44 games. 


“He grew a lot as a defender,” said Rivermen Head Coach Jean-Guy Trudel. “He’s now a complete defenseman. Now we’re gonna rely on him to take a step forward offensively and become a next level defenseman.”


Hamilton, 23, spent two seasons playing for the University of Wisconsin before going pro. A native of Chicago, IL, Hamilton led all Peoria defenders in penalty minutes with 80. Before college, the 6’1” defender played junior hockey in the North American Hockey League (NAHL), skating in 101 games over two seasons for three different teams (Odessa, Soo, New Jersey).


“I’m excited to return to the Rivermen and play for Coach Guy (Trudel),” said Hamilton. “His knowledge of the game is unique. He’s played at the highest level and knows what it takes to be successful.”


Jake joins returning Rivermen Captain, Alec Hagaman, along with Cody Dion, Ben Oskroba, and goaltender Eric Levine, who spent time with the Rivermen from 2013-15, and during the 2017-18 season. Hamilton is the youngest of this group, and his reasons for joining the Rivermen once more are simple.


“I want to be part of a team that is hungry to win a championship,” said Hamilton. “This city and community have supported the Rivermen endlessly and they really deserve some hardware. I’m coming back to win.”


In other news, the Peoria Rivermen have brought on two more additions to their training camp, which is set to open in early October. Trent Durocher, 26, played two games for the Fayetteville Marksmen during the 2017-18 campaign before sitting out last season. Durocher brings size to Coach Trudel’s forward group, checking in at 6’5”, and 215lbs. Durocher played four years of college hockey at the NCAA Division III level for SUNY-Oswego and played seven games for SUNY-Potsdam.


The Rivermen have also inked Dave Nippard. A veteran forward, Nippard, 31, is coming off a year in which he produced over a point-per-game in the New Zealand Ice Hockey League (NZIHL), as well as the France3 with Morzine-Avoriaz. Originally from Canada, Nippard is looking to crack his first professional hockey team in the United States. 


Season tickets for Peoria's 38th season of professional hockey presented by Midwest Orthopaedic Center are on sale now at the Toyota Box Office in the Peoria Civic Center, or by phone at the Rivermen office, 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)