Central Illinois Flying Aces

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Central Illinois Flying Aces
Central Illinois Flying Aces logo.svg
City Bloomington, Illinois
League United States Hockey League
Founded 2014
Home arena Grossinger Motors Arena
Colors Red, navy, light blue, white
Owner(s) CSH International Inc.
General manager Canada Mike Watt
Head coach Canada Mike Watt
Media WJBC-FM (93.7 FM)
Franchise history
2014–2017 Bloomington Thunder
2017–present Central Illinois Flying Aces

The Central Illinois Flying Aces are a Tier I junior hockey team that plays as a member of the United States Hockey League. Based in Bloomington, Illinois, the Flying Aces play their home games at the Grossinger Motors Arena, located in downtown Bloomington.


From 2006 to 2014, Bloomington was home to various minor league professional hockey teams in the International Hockey League (IHL), Central Hockey League (CHL) and then the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). The SPHL's Bloomington Thunder folded in April 2014 when new owners obtained the expansion rights to a Tier I junior team in the United States Hockey League.[1] The new Bloomington USHL team obtained the rights to the name from the previous teams and became the Bloomington Thunder.[2] Initially they kept the SPHL team's logo but rolled out a new logo and color scheme at the USHL Draft.

In 2017, the team rebranded and became the Central Illinois Flying Aces.[3]

Logo history[edit]


As of January 25, 2017.[4]

# S/P/C Player Pos Ht Wt DoB Hometown Previous team College commitment
2 Minnesota Smallidge, JasonJason Smallidge D 6' 2" 188 lb 1998-05-20 Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota St. Thomas (USHS–MN) Omaha
4 New York (state) Willett, DannyDanny Willett D 5' 6" 174 lb 1996-02-23 Bayville, New York Madison (USHL) RIT
5 Massachusetts Mirageas, ZachZach Mirageas D 5' 9" 182 lb 1997-07-15 Newburyport, Massachusetts Islanders (USPHL Premier) Air Force
7 Manitoba Kalynuk, WyattWyatt Kalynuk (A) D 6' 1" 165 lb 1997-04-14 Virden, Manitoba Lincoln (USHL) Western Michigan
8 Massachusetts Mirageas, BenBen Mirageas D 6' 2" 180 lb 1999-05-08 Newburyport, Massachusetts Avon Old Farms (USHS–CT) Providence
10 Idaho von Ungern-Sternberg, AugustAugust von Ungern-Sternberg F 5' 11" 176 lb 1997-07-27 Eagle, Idaho Wenatchee (BCHL) None
11 Alaska Harrison, SeanSean Harrison F 5' 11" 175 lb 1996-03-29 Anchorage, Alaska Cowichan Valley (BCHL) Union
12 Pennsylvania Butala, SimonSimon Butala D 6' 2" 191 lb 1998-08-01 Downingtown, Pennsylvania Coulee Region (NAHL) Maine
13 Illinois Smith, BradyBrady Smith D 5' 8" 163 lb 2000-08-16 Bloomington, Illinois Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) Wisconsin
14 California Durflinger, JakeJake Durflinger (C) F 5' 9" 170 lb 1997-10-06 Walnut Creek, California Sioux City (USHL) Denver
15 Russia Dzhioshvili, VladVlad Dzhioshvili F 6' 1" 192 lb 1998-01-06 Moscow, Russia Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights U18 (Midget AAA) Vermont
16 California Mehr, AlecAlec Mehr F 5' 11" 193 lb 1997-01-11 Los Angeles, California Gunnery (USHS–CT) Brown
17 Wisconsin Baker, TarekTarek Baker (C) F 5' 10" 184 lb 1997-02-27 Verona, Wisconsin Omaha AAA Lancers U16 (Midget AAA) Wisconsin
19 Massachusetts Burke, CameronCameron Burke (A) F 5' 8" 165 lb 1999-01-08 Boxborough, Massachusetts Nobles (USHS–MA) Notre Dame
20 Michigan Chaffee, MitchellMitchell Chaffee F 6' 0" 202 lb 1998-01-26 Rockford, Michigan Honeybaked U16 (Midget AAA) UMass
21 California Somoza, EthanEthan Somoza F 5' 11" 185 lb 1996-05-07 Simi Valley, California Fairbanks (NAHL) None
22 Michigan Kiefiuk, CalenCalen Kiefiuk F 5' 8" 185 lb 2000-02-28 Macomb Twp., Michigan Honeybaked U16 (Midget AAA) Michigan
25 New York (state) Lunn, GriffinGriffin Lunn F 5' 10" 191 lb 1997-11-15 Lockport, New York Buffalo (OJHL) Colgate
26 Illinois Raith, CharlieCharlie Raith D 5' 10" 168 lb 1997-04-30 Winnetka, Illinois Sioux Falls (USHL) Colorado College
27 Minnesota Mattson, MitchellMitchell Mattson F 6' 5" 195 lb 1998-01-02 Grand Rapids, Minnesota Grand Rapids (USHS–MN) North Dakota
28 Minnesota Reifenberger, MarkoMarko Reifenberger F 6' 0" 180 lb 1999-01-19 Hastings, Minnesota Hill-Murray (USHS–MN) UMass
30 Ontario Mollot-Hill, GabrielGabriel Mollot-Hill G 6' 4" 195 lb 1997-08-12 Ottawa, Ontario Pembroke (CCHL) Providence
33 North Carolina Halladay, LoganLogan Halladay G 6' 0" 194 lb 1996-08-17 Cary, North Carolina Janesville (NAHL) Merrimack

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