Peoria Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel has announced that winger Paul Chiasson (pictured) has been released following his three-game tryout. In addition, Corey Tamblyn has been signed to a contract, while Alex Mentink has been placed on the 30-day injured reserve with an upper body injury as of Saturday.
Chiasson, 24, appeared in three games for the Rivermen and earned a point (assist) in his professional debut last Friday against Bloomington. Prior to turning pro, Chiasson spent the last four years at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania, where the 5’11, 195-pound right wing collected 109 points (55g, 54a) and 92 penalty minutes over 151 career games.
Tamblyn, 24, has skated in five contests for Peoria this season and has notched three goals, two assists and a plus-five rating – third best on the team. He was originally signed to a three-game tryout with Peoria on Dec. 6.
A native of Bobcaygeon, Ontario, Tamblyn began the season with the Allen Americans in the Central Hockey league and recorded five points (2g, 3a) in 16 games. Last year, he played 25 games with the Mississippi Surge (SPHL), where he produced six goals and 11 assists for a career-high 17 points. Tamblyn also spent 25 games in the ECHL last season between the Idaho Steelheads and Trenton Titans, posting four assists.
Mentink, 21, has played seven games for the Rivermen this year and has recorded two points (1g, 1a), including his first professional goal Nov. 30 at Bloomington. A native of Joliette, Quebec, Mentink originally signed with Peoria over the summer but never made it to training camp. Instead, the 6’0, 190-pound winger went to ECHL Las Vegas, where he appeared in seven games and recorded two fights before he was released Nov. 14.
Prior to turning pro, Mentink spent each of the last three seasons in the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League (QJAHL), where he notched 41 goals and 42 assists in 117 career games.
The Rivermen will escape the winter weather and open a four-game road trip on Thursday with a 6:30 CST puck drop against the Columbus Cottonmouths in Columbus, Georgia. The game can be heard locally on CD Country 107.9 FM or online at www.cd1079.net. Fans can also follow along via the live video and audio stream atwww.americaonesports.com.