The Rivermen, for the first time in the 32-year history of the pro franchise, will have a female trainer.
The team has hired Illinois State grad and Normal native Michelle Novak as its head athletic trainer.
Novak, 29, has been employed by the Accelerated Rehabilitation center since 2011. She spent the 2011-12 season as a trainer with Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Illinois, before returning to the Bloomington-Normal area to jumpstart her career in sports medicine in Central Illinois.
Last year, she served as the head athletic trainer for the Bloomington Edge in the Arena Football League.
Trevor Baker went from the history book to the lineup card in a stunning move by the Peoria Rivermen.
Baker, inducted into the Rivermen Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009, came out of retirement Thursday and signed a one-year contract with the Southern Professional Hockey League team, a move sure to excite a Peoria fan base with which he was immensely popular.
Jean-Guy Trudel began his professional playing career with the Peoria Rivermen.
Now he’ll do the same as a pro coach.
The Peoria Rivermen have hired the former Rivermen star winger as the first head coach in their Southern Professional Hockey League era.
Trudel will begin his pro coaching career with a one-year deal plus a mutual option for a second season.
He will be joined by former Rivermen defenseman Kevin Tucker, who will serve as assistant coach on a one-year deal.
Just minutes after the Vancouver Canucks announced that they would not operate in Peoria next season, former longtime owner and executives of the Rivermen announced that they have applied for a Southern Professional Hockey League franchise for next season. In addition, the nearby Bloomington Blaze, who played in the Central Hockey League last season will join Peoria in the SPHL.
The Peoria team is expected to keep the Rivermen name.