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Peoria Rivermen
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City: Peoria, Illinois
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Western Conference
Division: Midwest Division
Founded: 2005
Home Arena: Peoria Civic Center
Colors: Royal blue, dark blue, gold, white

                   

Owner(s): Sports Capital Partners Worldwide
General Manager: Kevin McDonald
Head Coach: Jared Bednar
Media: WZPN (96.5 FM)
Journal Star (Peoria)
Affiliates: St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Alaska Aces (ECHL)
Franchise history
1926–1951: Springfield Indians
1951–1954: Syracuse Warriors
1954–1967: Springfield Indians
1967–1974: Springfield Kings
1974–1994: Springfield Indians
1994–2005: Worcester IceCats
2005–present: Peoria Rivermen

The Peoria Rivermen are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They play in Peoria, Illinois, USA at the Carver Arena.

Official Peoria Rivermen Website: http://www.rivermen.net/

HistoryEdit

The Peoria Rivermen franchise was born in 1982-83 in the old International Hockey League, operating under owner Ken Wilson as the Peoria Prancers. The franchise was taken over by the Peoria Civic Center in 1984, which held a contest with the Peoria Journal Star newspaper to re-name the team. Rivermen was the winner. The Peoria Rivermen operated in the 1984-85 season and won the IHL's Turner Cup. They were bought by Bruce Saurs in the summer of 1989, and he owned the club for 18 seasons. The franchise dropped down to the ECHL for the 1996-97 season, playing nine seasons there before moving to the American Hockey League for the 2005-06 season, where it presently operates; the current franchise, however, follows the history of the Worcester IceCats. The Peoria franchise is the ninth oldest continuously operating minor-league pro hockey franchise in history. The 2010-11 season marks Peoria's 29th franchise season in that run. It was announced by Dave Checketts that the St. Louis Blues, Scottrade Center and the Peoria Rivermen are all up for sale.

On May 10, 2012, Tom Stillman purchased the Peoria Rivermen franchise.

On August 30, 2012, the Rivermen signed a one-year affiliation agreement with the Evansville IceMen, an expansion team in the ECHL, cutting ties with the Alaska Aces, who they were affiliated with since the Rivermen joined the AHL.

This market was previously served by:

  • Peoria Blades of the CntHL (1972–1982)
  • Peoria Prancers / Peoria Rivermen of the IHL (1982–1996)
  • Peoria Rivermen of the ECHL (1996–2005)

Their main rivals are the Rockford IceHogs, the AHL affiliate of the Blues' top rivals the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Chicago Wolves.

Season-by-Season ResultsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Season Games WonLostOTLSOLPoints Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
2005–06804626 3 5100 2532263rd, West
2006–07803733 2 8 842212425th, West
2007–08803833 4 5 852472427th, West
2008–09804331 2 4 922152112nd, West
2009–10803833 2 7 852332485th, West
2010–11804230 3 5 922232184th, West
2011–12763933 2 2 822172074th, Midwest

PlayoffsEdit

Season1st Round2nd Round3rd RoundFinals
2005–06 L, 0–4, Houston
2006–07 Out of playoffs.
2007–08 Out of playoffs.
2008–09 L, 3-4, Houston
2009–10 Out of playoffs.
2010-11 L, 0-4, Houston
2011-12 Out of playoffs.
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