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Peoria Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel announced Wednesday that rookie goaltender Eric Levine has been called up by the Quad City Mallards (Central Hockey League) and will report immediately. There is no timetable for his return.
Levine’s promotion marks the 11th Rivermen call-up this season, and the eighth different player to do so. However, he becomes the first player this year to be called up to the CHL.
A native of Wheeling, Illinois, Levine appeared in a team-high 21 games between the pipes this season and posted a 10-7-4 record with a 2.72 goals against average and .912 saves rate. He departs Peoria as the SPHL’s No. 7-ranked netminder. In addition, Levine leaves behind a four-game undefeated in regulation streak, in which he went 3-0-1 with a 1.46 goals against average and .951 save percentage.
"I would like to extend my deepest gratitude towards everyone in the Peoria Rivermen organization, starting with the coaches, front office, and players," Levine said. "But especially, I want to thank the fans for all of their support during my time with the team."
"I could not have asked for a more professional organization, top to bottom, to play my first pro games with. I believe Peoria has a championship team and will experience tremendous success the rest of the season. It was an honor to wear the Rivermen jersey each game."
The 25-year-old began his first pro season with the Toledo Walleye (ECHL), but did not make an appearance before he signed with the Rivermen on Nov. 7. Prior to turning pro, Levine spent the last four seasons at Robert Morris University – Pittsburgh (NCAA Div. I). Over 72 collegiate games, he combined for a 30-22-11 record along with a 2.90 GAA and a .925 saves rate. Last year, the 6’3, 180-pound goaltender appeared in 35 games during his senior campaign and produced 19 wins.
Peoria opens a two-game weekend series this Friday with a 7:15 p.m. puck drop against the Columbus Cottonmouths at Carver Arena. “Bottomless Popcorn Packs” are on-sale now, which include four upper bowl tickets and an endless tub of popcorn for just $36! The special can be purchased through the Rivermen office at 676-1040 or at the Peoria Civic Center box office.