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RapidFire19

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 QCS Head Coach)

DBrandon Rumble 

DCody Smith

D\FKevin Patterson Signed with Witchita (ECHL)

FJustin Greenberg - Signed PTO with Atlanta (ECHL)

FMike Gurtler

FAlec Hagaman

FJoseph Kalisz

FRyan Siiro - Signed with Orlando (ECHL)

FJoseph Widmar - Signed with Fort Wayne (ECHL)

 

Unprotected Players

G, Tyler Parks - Signed with Rapid City (ECHL)

G, Eric Levine - Signed with Quad City (SPHL)

G, Storm Phaneuf

D, Lee Christensen

DGeoff Fortman - Signed with Chamonix (France)

DKristaps Nimanis

D\FJordan Carvalho

FWill Smith

FBrandon Reinholz

FMichael Economos - Signed with Roanoke (SPHL)

FCody Dion - Signed with Roanoke (SPHL)

FKeegan Bruce - Retired

FChristian Horn - Signed with South Carolina (ECHL)

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

FDean Yakura - Former SPHL Teams : KNX, PEO

G, Braeden Ostepchuk - Signed PTA, Former SPHL Team: PEN

G, Aaron Taylor - Signed PTA, Danville Dashers (FHL)

FChris Magi - Joliette Sportifs (LHSAAAL)\North Shore Knights (FHL)

D, Jake Hamilton - Univ. of Wisconsin-Superior (NCAA III)

FThomas Mahoney - Former SPHL Team : FAY (9 gp)

G, Greg Dodds - Former SPHL Teams : KNX, MAC, PEN\Signed PTO

DJake Flegel - Former SPHL Team : KNX\Signed PTO

FVincent Beaudry - Melfort Mustangs (SJHL), Whitecourt Wolverines\Drayton Valley Thunder (AJHL)

 

2018-19 Rivermen Training Camp

Goalies

        Braeden Ostepchuk (R)

        Aaron Taylor

#31 Mason Pulde

        Storm Phaneuf

        Greg Dodds

Defensemen

         Oliver Schingh-Gomez (R)

         Ralfs Grinbergs

#24 Ben Oskroba

  #3 Cody Smith

        Jake Hamilton (R)

        Jake Flegel

Forwards

       Mark Petaccio

       Dean Yakura (V\300)

       Chris Magi (R)

#12 Mike Gurtler (V\267)

#17 Alec Hagaman 

#14 Will Smith

#27 Joseph Kalisz

        Tommy Mahoney (R)

        Vincent Beaudry (R)

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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

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

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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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13 minutes ago, Make Marky GM said:

An ex-Fireantz player Tayler Thompson also re-signed with Orlando.

Solar Bears look to be stocking up on lower level players.  They might have to fill their roster with such players this season, after the Leafs & Marlies affiliated with the new ECHL team in Newfoundland.  That could be good for SPHL players looking to move up a level.

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I would hate to be paying for the travel of the Newfoundland team.  I didn't realize how far out it is.  Obviously the ECHL doesn't care about travel distances.

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1 hour ago, Greg81102 said:

I would hate to be paying for the travel of the Newfoundland team.  I didn't realize how far out it is.  Obviously the ECHL doesn't care about travel distances.

Reportedly the Growlers will pay the travel costs for visiting teams.  If true, I'd be surprised if the Leafs organization isn't at least pitching in.  Being the 2nd most valuable NHL team has its advantages.

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(F) Yakura

(G) Ostepchuk

(G) Taylor

(?) Magi

 

 

P.S. you would expect them to put first names for new players....:hmm:

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16 minutes ago, Marksmen3519 said:

(F) Yakura

(G) Ostepchuk

(G) Taylor

(?) Magi

 

 

P.S. you would expect them to put first names for new players....:hmm:

Their names are listed in the link (rivermen.net/news-stats...):  The Peoria Rivermen announced today that the team has signed veteran center Dean Yakura, rookie forward Chris Magi, and first-year goaltender Braeden Ostepchuk and second-year netminder Aaron Taylor to professional tryout agreements for the team’s October training camp.

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7 minutes ago, PlannedObsolescence said:

Their names are listed in the link (rivermen.net/news-stats...):  The Peoria Rivermen announced today that the team has signed veteran center Dean Yakura, rookie forward Chris Magi, and first-year goaltender Braeden Ostepchuk and second-year netminder Aaron Taylor to professional tryout agreements for the team’s October training camp.

Thanks.....hard to use common sense for the easy stuff when you are busy at work.

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7 minutes ago, Marksmen3519 said:

Thanks.....hard to use common sense for the easy stuff when you are busy at work.

The answer, my friend, per Bob Dylan, is blowin' in the wind, and Image result for multitasking images , unless you think Image result for multitasking images

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3 hours ago, Marksmen3519 said:

(F) Yakura

(G) Ostepchuk

(G) Taylor

(?) Magi

P.S. you would expect them to put first names for new players....:hmm:

For Magi, that would be Balthasar, Melchior, and Gaspar.  Three very wise players with one sign(ing).  :angel_not:

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Peoria, IL – The Peoria Rivermen announced Tuesday that the team has signed veteran winger Mike Gurtler to a professional tryout agreement for this October’s training camp. Gurtler, who was among Peoria’s 13 protected players this offseason, returns to the Rivermen for his third full season in Peoria and his seventh overall season as a professional.

Gurtler, 31, ended a one-year retirement last season to set a career-high with 21 goals while skating in 55 games, all for Peoria. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound native of Rochester, NY added 17 assists to give him his highest single-season point total since 2013-14.

“Having Gurts back this year is going to be a huge piece to our puzzle on the offensive side of things,” said Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel. “He does everything we ask him to and more, he’s crafty and has a scorer’s touch around the opponent’s net, he’s one of our top penalty killers and blocks shots all over the place, and he’s a great veteran presence to have in the locker room.”

In his professional career, Gurtler has seen action in 267 regular-season contests, including 241 in the SPHL with Fayetteville, Huntsville, and Peoria, posting 80 goals and 95 assists. In 29 SPHL President’s Cup postseason games the veteran has added 11 goals and 12 helpers, including a team-best seven points in last season’s seven-game playoff stint.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to come back and spend another season in Peoria,” said Gurtler. “Getting so close to a President’s Cup last season and (in 2016) has left me with a fire burning inside. I can’t wait for October so we can get back on the ice as a team and get to work on finally bringing this city the championship it deserves in 2019.”

Gurtler becomes the eighth member of the 2018 Rivermen training camp roster, and the first from Peoria’s offseason protected list to sign a formal tryout agreement. The Rivermen are expected to open training camp in early October ahead of their Oct. 13 preseason meeting with the Quad City Storm at Carver Arena and Oct. 20’s season opener at Quad City.

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Rivermen Re-Sign Leading Scorer Hagaman

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Peoria, IL - The Peoria Rivermen announced Wednesday that the team has signed winger Alec Hagaman to a professional tryout agreement for this October's training camp. Hagaman, a native of the Peoria area, earned All-SPHL First Team accolades last season, leading the league in plus-minus and pacing the Rivermen with 26 goals and 61 total points.

"Having Hags back is going to be an enormous boost to our team," said Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel. "He's everything you look for in a veteran guy to build your team around. He leads by example and works hard every day, and he's the kind of player who will do whatever it takes to help his team win."

Hagaman, 28, enters his fifth professional season, having spent all but nine games of his pro career with his hometown Rivermen. In 201 career SPHL regular-season contests, all with Peoria, the graduate of nearby Dunlap High School has tallied 65 goals and 85 assists, adding 487 career penalty minutes and a +60 lifetime plus-minus rating.

Hagaman becomes the ninth player signed to Peoria's 2018 training camp roster, joining fellow returnees Mike Gurtler and Dean Yakura (2013-14) as well as newcomers Chris Magi, Mark Petaccio, Ralfs Grinbergs, Olivier Sching-Gomez, Braeden Ostepchuk, and Aaron Taylor. The Rivermen are expected to open training camp in early October before their Oct. 13 preseason game against the Quad City Storm at Carver Arena.

 

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Oskroba Returns to Bolster Rivermen Blueline

Fan favorite set to begin sixth Rivermen season

 

Peoria, IL – The Peoria Rivermen announced Monday that the team has signed defenseman Ben Oskroba to a professional tryout agreement for this October’s training camp. Oskroba, 28, returns to Peoria for his sixth season in a Rivermen uniform, making him the only player to play for Peoria in each season of their SPHL era.

 

For his pro career, the 6-foot-5, 200-pound Oskroba has seen action in 223 regular-season games, notching 18 goals and 50 assists, adding two goals and two assists in 28 career postseason outings, all with the Rivermen. Last season, Oskroba logged a career-best with eight goals and tied his career high with 19 points, and he added a goal and an assist in seven postseason games as he helped the Rivermen to a third straight President’s Cup Finals.

 

“We’re happy to get Ben back for another year,” said Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel. “He’s a big body on defense who knows how to use his long reach to shut down the other team’s forwards in his own end, and he’s a tremendous locker room presence to have around on a day-to-day basis.”

 

Oskroba’s signing brings Peoria’s training camp roster to ten players, including returners Alec Hagaman, Mike Gurtler, and Dean Yakura (2013-14) as well as newcomers Chris Magi, Mark Petaccio, Ralfs Grinbergs, Olivier Schingh-Gomez, Braeden Ostepchuk, and Aaron Taylor. The Rivermen are expected to open training camp in early October before their Oct. 13 preseason game against the Quad City Storm at Carver Arena.

 

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1 hour ago, RapidFire19 said:

Oskroba Returns to Bolster Rivermen Blueline

Fan favorite set to begin sixth Rivermen season

 

Peoria, IL – The Peoria Rivermen announced Monday that the team has signed defenseman Ben Oskroba to a professional tryout agreement for this October’s training camp. Oskroba, 28, returns to Peoria for his sixth season in a Rivermen uniform, making him the only player to play for Peoria in each season of their SPHL era.

 

For his pro career, the 6-foot-5, 200-pound Oskroba has seen action in 223 regular-season games,

 

Wow- just squeaks by under the 224 game "vet" rule!

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Peoria, IL – The Peoria Rivermen announced today that the team has signed forward Will Smith to a professional tryout agreement for this October’s training camp. Smith returns to the Rivermen after he posted 33 points in 39 games for Peoria last season before being placed on season-ending injured reserve in March.

Smith, 22, began his pro career last October for the ECHL’s Indy Fuel, playing in five games without registering a point before being released November 8. Smith made his Rivermen debut against Knoxville Nov. 11 and remained with the team until he suffered a season-ending injury in the opening period of a March 16 game at Pensacola.

The East Longmeadow, MA native totaled 15 goals and 18 assists for the Rivermen last season, and his four game-winning markers finished one shy of the team lead. Smith also posted a point or more in 10 straight games from Feb. 10 through March 4, compiling 17 total points and a +9 rating during that stretch.

“We’re thankful to get Will back after he suffered that injury that ended his season last year,” said Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel. “He was a big part of our offense last season, and if he can bring that same fearless speed to our forecheck this year he can be a big piece to our puzzle.”

Smith becomes the 13th player to sign a tryout agreement with the Rivermen this year and is the fifth member of last season’s Rivermen roster to sign on for this October’s training camp. Single-game tickets for all 2018-19 Rivermen home games will go on sale October 1 at 10 AM, and season and group tickets are available now by calling the Rivermen office at 309-676-1040.

 

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