After a 17-year hiatus, the Peoria Rivermen will welcome back “Rocky” as its mascot for the team’s inaugural season in the Southern Professional Hockey League. A fan favorite during Peoria’s IHL era, the beaver mascot will be in attendance at all 2013-14 home games, sporting the team’s new logo and colors.
The decision to bring Rocky back is part of an on-going process to reinstate past Rivermen traditions for the upcoming season and beyond.
“This season is all about the fans,” Rivermen co-owner Bart Rogers said. “We intend to bring back the history and traditions of Rivermen hockey to fans in central Illinois. Rocky had always been a special piece of the franchise and we are thrilled to have him return.”
Rocky made his debut appearance during the 1991-92 season and was an icon at Rivermen home games for much of the early to mid 90's. He stuck with the franchise until the "Captain" took over in 1996.
Rocky will make his first public appearance during the “Meet the Rivermen” season ticket holder party on Wednesday, Oct. 23rd.