Peoria Rivermen (AHL)
|League||American Hockey League|
|Operated||2005 – 2013|
|Home arena||Carver Arena|
Royal blue, navy, gold, white
|Affiliates||St. Louis Blues (NHL) (2005–2013)|
The Peoria Rivermen were a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They played in Peoria, Illinois, USA at the Carver Arena. On June 14, 2013, it was announced that the team will relocate to Utica, New York after the 2012–13 AHL season, where they will be known as the Utica Comets.
In 2011, It was announced by Dave Checketts that the St. Louis Blues, Scottrade Center and the Peoria Rivermen were 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.
On May 13, 2013, the Vancouver Canucks confirmed with Peoria Civic Center officials that they would not bring back the Rivermen franchise and the AHL's Peoria Rivermen would no longer play in Peoria. The AHL announced on June 14, 2013, that the franchise was being relocated to Utica, New York as the Utica Comets for the 2013-14 AHL season.
|2005–06||80||46||26||3||5||100||.625||253||226||3rd, West||2006||L, 0–4, HOU||—||—||—|
|2006–07||80||37||33||2||8||84||.525||221||242||5th, West||2007||Out of playoffs|
|2007–08||80||38||33||4||5||85||.531||247||242||7th, West||2008||Out of playoffs|
|2008–09||80||43||31||2||4||92||.575||215||211||2nd, West||2009||L, 3–4, HOU||—||—||—|
|2009–10||80||38||33||2||7||85||.531||233||248||5th, West||2010||Out of playoffs|
|2010–11||80||42||30||3||5||92||.575||223||218||4th, West||2011||L, 0–4, HOU||—||—||—|
|2011–12||76||39||33||2||2||82||.539||217||207||4th, Midwest||2012||Out of playoffs|
|2012–13||76||33||35||5||3||74||.487||183||218||5th, Midwest||2013||Out of playoffs|
- Brendan Buckley, 2005–2006
- Aaron MacKenzie, 2006–2008
- Trent Whitfield, 2008–2009
- Yan Stastny, 2009–2010
- Dean Arsene, 2010–2011
- Adam Cracknell, 2011–2012
- Scott Ford, 2012–2013
- 2005–2006: Steve Pleau
- 2006–2008: Dave Baseggio
- 2008 – Jan 2, 2010: Davis Payne
- January 2, 2010 – April 2010: Rick Wamsley
- 2010–2012: Jared Bednar
- 2012–2013: Dave Allison
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- "Peoria Rivermen to the Southern Professional Hockey League". Centralillinoisproud.com. May 14, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
- "Utica Comets to join AHL in 2013–14". American Hockey League. Retrieved June 14, 2013.