After a distinguished nine-year professional playing career, Alec Hagaman was named Associate Coach of the Peoria Rivermen on May 14, 2023. He will be stepping behind the bench for the first time under head coach Jean-Guy Trudel.
Hagaman, a native of Peoria, played with the Rivermen for eight seasons and served as Peoria’s captain for three campaigns. A four-year veteran of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (NCAA-D3), Hagaman broke onto the SPHL scene during the 2014-15 season with the Rivermen. Under the guidance of Trudel, Hagaman became a vital lynchpin of many Rivermen squads including teams that made the President’s Cup Finals three years in a row from 2016-2018, and he further helped Peoria to five first-place finishes in his eight years with the Rivermen. A two time-President’s Cup Champion, Hagaman first won the SPHL’s ultimate prize as a member of the Pensacola Ice Flyers in 2021, while the Rivermen were idle due to COVID-19, before capturing the title again with the Rivermen the following season. The 2022-23 season was Hagaman’s final year on the ice, yet it was no less memorable. That season Hagaman became the only player in SPHL history to score over 400 points while playing in over 400 career games.
Hagaman currently ranks third in career SPHL points (404), third in career games played (423), fourth in career goals (167), and fourth in career penalty minutes (1179). In Rivermen franchise history Hagaman ranks second and third in games played and goals scored respectively.
“It’s another dream come true for me,” said Hagaman. “I’m super excited to stay a part of the Rivermen organization and being able to learn and grow as a coach by learning from Guy [Trudel] is very exciting!”
2023-24 will be Hagaman’s first year behind the bench with Jean-Guy Trudel. He will join an auspicious group of former players under Trudel who have broken into the SPHL coaching ranks. The list includes former Rivermen captains Dave Pszenyczny currently with the Quad City Storm and Dan Bremner who most recently won a President’s Cup Championship with the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs. Both men are former teammates of Hagaman.