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Rivermen Release Rob Ricci and Jared Ross
Published: March 17th 2011 @ 12:00 AM



Peoria Rivermen General Manager Kevin McDonald announced today that the club has released defenseman Jared Ross and forward Rob Ricci from their professional tryout contracts (PTO).  While Ross will rejoin the Reading Royals, Ricci will return to the South Carolina Stingrays.    


Ross, 26, appeared in five games during his most recent sting with the Rivermen and six overall this season.  He was signed to a PTO on Feb. 9 and appeared in a game that night against Milwaukee before rejoining the team on March 8.  He has played in 51 games with the Reading Royals (ECHL) this season and has compiled 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) and plus-1 rating.  Last season, the 6-foot, 199-pould defenseman played the majority of the season in the AHL with the Providence Bruins.  He appeared in 48 games and collected seven points (one goal, six assists) and 14 penalty minutes with the Bruins and also saw action in 21 games with Reading.


A native of Stoney Island, NS, Ross played four seasons at St. Lawrence University (2005-09) before turning pro.


Ricci, 26, played in five games during his time with the Rivermen and did not record a point.  He did shoot in three shootouts and scored once, the game-winner against Chicago on March 11.  Before joining the Rivermen, Ricci appeared in 60 games for the South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL). He leads the Stingrays in both goals (22) and points (48) while his 26 assists are tied for second most.  His 22 goals were tied for 16th in the ECHL when he was called up.  The second-year pro has played in 136 regular season games in the ECHL.  He also played in seven playoff games with the Stingrays in 2008-09 under current Rivermen head coach Jared Bednar.


A native of Brampton, ON, Ricci played three seasons at Merrimack College (2005-08) before turning pro.  He is expected to make his American Hockey League debut tonight against the Grand Rapids Griffins.