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Peoria Public Radio News
12:19 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Peoria Rivermen to stay in Peoria

The Peoria Rivermen are ready to operate as part of the Southern Professional Hockey League next season. The new owners of the local team, Illinois Pro Sports, Wednesday signed a contract to remain at the Peoria Civic Center.

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:03 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Rivermen to become part of SPHL

It appears hockey will stay alive in Peoria. The Southern Professional Hockey League announced its adding the Bloomington Blaze and Peoria Rivermen to its league for the upcoming season. The Rivermen were at risk of leaving Peoria after the Vancouver Canucks told the Civic Center it won’t run its American Hockey League team in the city. But the owners of the Bloomington Blaze who are also former Rivermen executives came forward to say they will operate both teams and were moving to have both become part of the SPHL. A press conference discussing the move will happen next Wednesday.  

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