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Rivermen 2019 Protected List Announced

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Rivermen Announce 2019 Protected List


7 forwards, five defensemen, 1 goaltender among Peoria’s 13 protected players

Peoria, IL – The Peoria Rivermen today announced the team’s 13-man protected list for the 2019 offseason, including seven forwards, five defenseman, and one goaltender, all of whom spent time with the Rivermen during the 2018-19 season. The Rivermen retain exclusive SPHL negotiating rights with all protected players during the offseason and throughout the 2019-20 SPHL campaign.

Among Peoria’s seven protected forwards are:
2018-19 Rookie of the Year and scoring champion Ben Blasko
captain Alec Hagaman
veteran winger Mike Gurtler
high-scoring winger Joe Kalisz
winger/center Will Smith
rookie wingers Austin Vieth
and Beau Walker

Protected from Peoria’s 2018-19 blueline corps are:
veteran Ben Oskroba
Kevin Patterson
Nick Neville
Ralfs Grinbergs
Jacob Hamilton

Peoria rounds out its 2019 protected list with:
rookie goaltender Stephen Klein, who led the SPHL with a 1.86 GAA in his inaugural pro season, finishing third in the league with 22 wins and a .923 saves rate.

All 13 of Peoria’s protected players are eligible to sign SPHL training camp tryout agreements with Peoria prior to October’s training camp period or sign professional contracts once the season begins. Protected players are also free to negotiate and sign with any team in other professional leagues, including the ECHL and AHL.


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