Peoria Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel announced Monday that defenseman Kory Helowka has been traded to the Fayetteville FireAntz in exchange for veteran center Chris Greene (pictured). However, Greene was called up by the Quad City Mallards (Central Hockey League) shortly after and will report immediately.
Though he has yet to play for the Rivermen, Greene becomes the 12th Peoria call-up this season and the ninth different player.
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Greene played 35 games for Fayetteville this season and collected 20 points (7g, 13a) and 26 penalty minutes. The 28-year-old also appeared in three games for the Evansville Icemen (ECHL), where he produced one assist. Last season, Greene spent 49 games with the Denver Cutthroats (Central Hockey League) and recorded 11 points (6g, 5a) and 40 penalty minutes.
Overall, the 6’2, 190-pound center is in his eighth full professional season. Previously, Greene played six seasons in the CHL for Arizona, Wichita, Corpus Christi and Denver, where he totaled 37 goals and 110 assists in 393 games. In addition, the Messena, New York native appeared in 56 games with the Mississippi Surge in 2009-10 and notched 51 points (16g, 35a) and 144 penalty minutes.
Helowka, 27, was signed by Peoria on Jan. 31 and appeared in eight games for the Rivermen. He registered two assists, two penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating over that span.
Previously, the Newmarket, Ontario native notched two points (1g, 1a) and 32 penalty minutes in 23 games for the Thunder this season. Last year, he made 23 appearances for the Mississippi RiverKings and produced six points (1g, 5a) and four penalty minutes. Helowka also skated in three playoff games, where he registered one assist.
Helowka’s departure leaves the Rivermen with five defensemen on their active roster. However, Joe Schiller is expected to return from the 30-day injured reserve within the next two weeks.
The Rivermen begin a three-game road trip on Friday with a 7:05 p.m. CST puck drop against the Mississippi Surge at the Mississippi Coastal Coliseum. The game can be heard locally on CD Country 107.9 FM or online here. Fans can also follow along via the live video and audio stream at www.americaonesports.com.