Peoria Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel has announced the first round of cuts to the team’s 2013-14 training camp roster, as well as the next wave of candidates. Players who were released on Wednesday include veteran SPHL scoring threat Brett Liscomb, as well as winger Myles McCauley, defenseman Nik Katsiyianis (pictured) and goaltenders Curtis Martinu and Jack Astedt.
Click here for Thursday morning's training camp roster.
Liscomb, 27, split time in the SPHL last season with Louisiana, Huntsville and Fayetteville. In 46 combined regular season games, he notched 12 goals and 18 assists with two additional goals in two playoff games for Fayetteville. During his pro career, the 5’9, 187-pound winger has also spent time with ECHL Dayton, CHL Tulsa, and SPHL Pensacola.
McCauley, 22, played the majority of last season with SPHL Augusta, where he notched three goals and three assists in 22 games. The Sterling Heights, Michigan native also skated in 12 ECHL contests between Greenville and Evansville.
Katsiyianis, 38, was the oldest player on Peoria’s camp roster. He sat out the 2012-13 season after spending the previous two years in the Federal Hockey League (FHL).
Astedt, 23, spent the last four seasons at Plymouth State College University (NCAA Div. III) in Plymouth, New Hampshire. In 81 career games, he compiled a 51-20-8 record with a 2.37 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.
Martinu, 20, played junior hockey in Canada for each of the past two years. Last season, he spent time with the Estevan Bruins in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, where he compiled a record of 16-29-0 and two shutouts over 46 games. He also posted a 3.35 goals against average and a .893 save percentage.
Among Peoria’s newest additions is left winger Simon Mitman, who was released by ECHL Bakersfield on Wednesday. The 6'1, 195-pound Sweden native spent two of the last three seasons with Djurgardens IF Stockholm in the Swedish Elite League. He is already in Peoria and will skate Thursday morning.
The Rivermen have also added goaltender Phil Cook, center-winger Tyler Fernandez and center Nick Prockow, who are each expected to join the team later this afternoon.
Cook, 25, spent four seasons with Minnesota State-Mankato and won 28 games in 2010-11. The 6’3, 190-pound Wheaton native was released by the Allen Americans of the CHL earlier this week.
Fernandez, 25, is a speedy offensive threat, who was sent down from ECHL Wheeling on Wednesday. The 5’9, 180-pound native of Bloomfield, Connecticut projects as a top line skill player for Peoria and scored 21 goals plus 29 assists in just 42 games for SPHL Knoxville last season. He also earned 16 games on call-ups to ECHL Greenville and Cincinnati in 2012-13.
Prockow, 24, was released by ECHL Idaho earlier this week after spending the entire 2012-13 season with ECHL Bakersfield. In 39 games last year, he notched two goals and two assists with 14 penalty minutes. Prior to turning pro, the Montreal, Quebec native and 6’2, 210-pound center spent four seasons at Colgate University.
Thursday marks the final day of practice before the Rivermen battle the Bloomington Thunder in the first of two preseason games. Peoria will open exhibition play on Friday night with a 7:15 p.m. puck drop at Carver Arena. Tickets are just $5 for all upper bowl seats and $10 for all lower bowl seats. Season ticket holders get in free. For tickets or more information, please visit the Rivermen office located inside the Peoria Civic Center or call (309) 676-1040.