Peoria Rivermen (AHL)

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Peoria Rivermen
Peoria Rivermen.svg
CityPeoria, Illinois
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
Home arenaCarver Arena
ColorsRoyal blue, navy, gold, white                    
AffiliatesSt. Louis Blues (NHL) (2005–2013)
Franchise history
1932–1935Quebec Beavers
1935–1951Springfield Indians
1951–1954Syracuse Warriors
1954–1967Springfield Indians
1967–1974Springfield Kings
1974–1994Springfield Indians
1994–2005Worcester IceCats
2005–2013Peoria Rivermen
2013–presentUtica Comets

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, the team announced that it would relocate to Utica, New York after the 2012–13 AHL season, and be known as the Utica Comets.[1]


In 2011, Dave Checketts announced 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 October 5, 2018.
  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. Archived from the original on June 14, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  4. ^ "Utica Comets to join AHL in 2013–14". American Hockey League. Retrieved June 14, 2013.