Peoria Rivermen (AHL)

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Peoria Rivermen
Peoria Rivermen.svg
City Peoria, Illinois
League American Hockey League
Operated 20052013
Home arena Carver Arena

Royal blue, navy, gold, white

Affiliates St. Louis Blues (NHL) (2005–2013)
Franchise history
1932–1935 Quebec Beavers
1935–1951 Springfield Indians
1951–1954 Syracuse Warriors
1954–1967 Springfield Indians
1967–1974 Springfield Kings
1974–1994 Springfield Indians
1994–2005 Worcester IceCats
2005–2013 Peoria Rivermen
2013–present Utica Comets

The Peoria Rivermen was 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 would relocate to Utica, New York after the 2012–13 AHL season, and be known as the Utica Comets.[1]


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 March 29, 2013, the Rivermen were purchased by the Vancouver Canucks.[2] On April 18, 2013, The AHL approved the sale of the Peoria Rivermen to the Vancouver Canucks.

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.[3] 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.[4]

An SPHL franchise replaced the AHL incarnation of the Rivermen in 2013 and took the team's name.

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  1. ^ Anonymous. "It's official: Pro hockey returns to Utica – Utica, NY – The Observer-Dispatch, Utica, New York". Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Report: Vancouver Canucks Purchase Rivermen; Move to Abbotsford?". Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Peoria Rivermen to the Southern Professional Hockey League". May 14, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Utica Comets to join AHL in 2013–14". American Hockey League. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 

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