newest members of the Southern Professional Hockey League, the Peoria Rivermen
and Bloomington Blaze, have completed the dispersal draft of the players on the
roster of the Augusta Riverhawks who will not be returning to play for the
players named to the Augusta Riverhawks protected list were eligible for the
Peoria selected goaltender Robert Moss with the first overall
pick. The Riverman also added veterans Jason Price and Matt Auffrey, as well as
forwards Joe Schiller, Shawn Skelly, Taylor Larsen.
Moss, 25, posted 16 wins as a rookie last season with Augusta
and ranked 5th in the SPHL with a 0.913 save percentage. One of the
most used goalies in the league, Moss appeared in 35 games and finished with a
2.93 goals-against average (10th in the league). A native of
Chesterfield, MO, Moss played four seasons at St. Lawrence University prior to
Price, 28, has spent the majority of his seven professional
season in the SPHL with Columbus, Richmond and Augusta. An offensively-minded
defenseman, Price scored six goals and added 16 assists last season with a
plus-9 rating. His 22 points were 10th best among SPHL defenseman.
Auffrey, 27, led Augusta in goals (14), assists (22) and 36
points while also adding 118 penalty minutes. A former sixth round draft pick
of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 2004, also appeared in a game with the ECHL
Schiller, 24, was limited to 20 games with the Riverhawks
after starting the season in the ECHL with the Las Vegas Wranglers. A forward
from Detroit Lakes, Minn., Schiller played his collegiate hockey at Minnesota
Skelly, 26, played on four different teams between the SPHL
and ECHL last year. He registered 17 goals and 13 assists for 30 points in 31
games with Augusta and Mississippi. He also had 16 points (7g, 9a) in 21 ECHL
games with Alaska and Bakersfield.
Larsen, 24, started the season in the Federal Hockey League
before joining Augusta for the final 24 games of the year. He recorded 13
points (7g, 6a) and 27 penalty minutes with the Riverhawks.
Season tickets are now on sale for the 2013-14 SPHL season. Call
309-676-1040 to secure your seats or for more information.