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Rivermen Deal Watson for Harris; Sign Burke
Published: June 5th 2014 @ 9:50 AM by: Alan Fuehring




Peoria Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel announced Thursday that forward Kyle Watson has been traded to the Huntsville Havoc in exchange for center Josh Harris (pictured). Additionally, rookie defenseman Jeff Burke has been signed to a tryout form.


Harris, 26, scored 20 goals with 25 assists and a plus-14 rating in 50 games for Huntsville last season. He also added five points (1g, 4a) in five playoff games.


A native of Torrance, California, Harris earned one call-up last season to the Arizona Sundogs of the Central Hockey League where he notched one assist in three games. In addition, the 5’10, 175-pound scorer played eight games in the ECHL for the Las Vegas Wranglers in 2012-13.


Prior to turning pro, Harris spent four years at ECAC Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont. During 98 career games, he produced 47 goals and 80 assists for 127 points.


Watson, 27, was released at the end of last season by the Bloomington Thunder and claimed off waivers by the Rivermen. The Stittsville, Ontario native appeared in three playoff games and collected nine penalty minutes with Peoria.  


Prior to turning pro, Watson played four years at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. Over 107 career games, he notched 64 points (34g, 30a) with 208 penalty minutes.  


Burke, 24, played each of the last four seasons at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he recorded 37 points (12g, 25a) and 160 penalty minutes in 99 career games. The 6’4, 215-pound defenseman is originally from New Richmond, Wisconsin.  


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