The Peoria Rivermen are proud to announce their opening night game on Saturday, October 26th, will be declared Bruce Saurs Hockey Night in Peoria.
City Mayor Jim Ardis will be on hand to help honor the 87-year old part part owner, who is regarded as one of the main reasons professional hockey has survived in Peoria. Mayor Ardis will also give a proclamation that all future Rivermen home openers be known by that name.
A legend in Peoria’s hockey community, Saurs has saved the Rivermen franchise not once, but twice. This past May, he helped launch the team by making loans to the new management group. He currently serves as an advisor and ambassador to the organization.
Saurs, a Peoria native, owned the Rivermen for almost 20 years, throughout their IHL, ECHL and AHL eras. When the Blues left Peoria last spring, Saurs returned with a new ownership group that put the Rivermen back in business for their 32nd season overall, and first in the Southern Professional Hockey League.
Peoria will also turn back that clock on ticket prices for its home opener. Upper bowl tickets will be available for just $8, matching the price of those seats when Saurs first purchased the Rivermen from the Peoria Civic Center in 1989.
Season ticket packages are on sale now through the Rivermen office and start for as low as $224. Call (309) 676-1040 for more information to reserve your seat for the upcoming season.