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2018-19 Rivermen Player Signings\Trades\Pre-Season Roster

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Green - Re-Signed

Red - Not Returning\Attending other Training Camp

Orange - Traded

 Blue - Vet*

*By SPHL definition, Vets are players who have 224 or more professional games played. Each team is allowed up to 3 vets on their roster. All 3 vets have to have a combined total of less than 900 games played.


Protected List

G, Mason Pulde

DBen Oskroba

DNick Neville - Re-signed with Reading (ECHL)

DDave Pszenyczny - Retired (Hired as QC Head Coach)

DBrandon Rumble 

DCody Smith

D\FKevin Patterson

FJustin Greenberg

FMike Gurtler

FAlec Hagaman

FJoseph Kalisz

FRyan Siiro

FJoseph Widmar


Unprotected Players

G, Tyler Parks

G, Eric Levine

G, Storm Phaneuf 

D, Lee Christensen

DGeoff Fortman

DKristaps Nimanis

D\FJordan Carvalho

FWill Smith

FBrandon Reinholz

FMichael Economos - Signed with Roanoke (SPHL)

FCody Dion

FKeegan Bruce

FChristian Horn

FNathan Chasteen

FConnor Groman - Retired [(Took coaching job at New Hampton School)(Hockey and Lacrosse)]


New Players

D\LWOliver Schingh-Gomez - Gatineau Flames (QJAAAHL)\Rockland Nationals (CCHL)

FMark Petaccio - Former SPHL Teams : EVV\MRK

DRalfs Grinbergs - Former SPHL Team : MRK


2018-19 Rivermen Training Camp




     Oliver Schingh-Gomez (R)

     Ralfs Grinbergs


      Mark Petaccio

Edited by Marksmen3519

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I wonder just what sort of "prospect" Mr. E believes Olivier Schingh-Gomez is?  Yes, he played for the Armada then Phoenix for parts of four seasons; but his move to Sherbrooke took him to one of the worst teams in the Major Juniors during his playing time (not a sign of a valued player).  Then when he aged out of The Q, he was not given an overage roster spot (another indicator of his low value) & dropped down 2 tiers to Triple-A juniors with a few games in Junior A last season.  An undrafted 20 year-old coming out of lower tier Canadian hockey seems like nothing more than a training camp roster filler even in the SPHL.  Odd for Coach Trudel to make this young man his first new signing, unless he's doing a favor for someone he knows.  I just hope Olivier can still claim some QMJHL university grant money after signing a pro contract, or he's wasted his most fruitful option.

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24-year-old notched 9 goals in 12 games vs Peoria l


Peoria, IL – The Peoria Rivermen announced today that the team has signed winger Mark Petaccio to a professional tryout agreement for this October’s training camp. Petaccio joins the Rivermen after he tallied 18 goals and 19 assists over 52 games last season as a member of the Evansville Thunderbolts.


Petaccio spent all of last season with the Thunderbolts after beginning his pro career in 2016-17, splitting time between four pro teams, primarily Evansville and FHL Watertown, where he registered 45 points in 32 games and added three points in three playoff contests. In 12 games against Peoria last season, the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder logged nine goals and four assists, including two tallies on the power-play and two game-winners.


“We’re looking for Mark to be a key contributor for our team up front this season,” said Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel. “We got to see firsthand what he could do in his games against us last season, he’s a big, strong scorer with a hard shot and good hands around the net, and we’re excited to see what he can do in a Rivermen jersey this year.”


Petaccio becomes the second player to sign with the Rivermen this season, joining first-year defenseman Olivier Schingh-Gomez. Peoria is expected to open training camp in early October before beginning their 2018-19 regular season October 20 at Quad City.


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Nick Neville Re-Signs with Royals


Reading, Pa. – Reading Royals Head Coach Kirk MacDonald announced that defenseman Nick Neville has agreed to terms on a contract for the 2018-19 season.

The Royals are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers and the American Hockey League’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Neville skated in 36 games with Reading during the 2017-18 regular season, notching two assists, and added three postseason games to his résumé. Reading acquired the 25-year-old from South Carolina on Dec. 5. From Jan. 12 to Feb. 25, Neville played in 18 straight games and registered his first Royals point Feb. 2 at Norfolk.

A native of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Neville is preparing for his third professional season. He signed his first professional contract with the South Carolina Stingrays in Oct. 2016 and registered two points in 18 games. Neville also appeared in seven games for the Peoria Rivermen of the Southern Professional Hockey League. Neville ascended from Peoria to South Carolina in Nov. 2017.

In 57 ECHL games, Neville has notched four assists and a plus-four rating. At the University of Denver from 2013-16, Neville recorded six points (2g-4a) in 54 games. In the junior ranks, he skated with the Texas Tornado of the North American Hockey League, won the 2012 Robertson Cup and had 64 points (12g-52a) from 2011-13.


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