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Player News: Olivieri emerges among top D-men in SPHL

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From: The Peoria (IL) Journal Star > Sports > Rivermen


Rivermen defenseman Olivieri emerges among top at his position in SPHL

By Dave Eminian

PEORIA — Donald Olivieri has emerged as an elite defenseman for the Peoria Rivermen and in the SPHL.

The highly-skilled offensive player can break ankles (see the highlight video with this story online at and occasionally break hearts at the other end.

Either way, he'll be fun to watch as the Rivermen host Knoxville in a three-game, three-night weekend series at Carver Arena that starts Friday.

"He'll make 10 plays in a game, and couple on defense will be 'Oh what is he doing?" Rivermen coach Jean-Guy Trudel said, laughing. "We call those Ollies. But he'll make a bunch of plays that are just spectacular. His offensive skill has no limit. His defense is improving and consistent. And I love the way he has moved into a leadership role in the locker room." ...


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