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Bart Rogers (Rivermen co-owner): "My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Saurs Family in this time of loss. Our community and the game of hockey have lost an icon and legendary figure. Me personally, I had such a great relationship with him as a boss, friend and father-like figure." Read full remembrance here.
Jean Guy Trudel (Rivermen head coach and Hall-of-Fame forward): "It’s a tough loss for everyone. Mr. Saurs' name will live on forever. Yes, he was a successful businessman, but he gave back to the community and did everything the right way. I know he’s in a better place now.”
John Butler (Rivermen co-owner): "Bruce Saurs was a first-class owner and operator. Having an owner who was so successful in business translated to putting a championship product on the ice. Without a doubt, he was a trailblazer for pro hockey in central Illinois and we will miss his leadership and knowledge. He cannot be replaced."
Dave Eminian (Rivermen beat writer for the Peoria Journal Star for nearly 30 years): "Bruce Saurs was professional hockey's oldest and fiercest voice in central Illinois. Without his passion for the game and his willingness to take the business risks required to own and operate the Rivermen, the game would have been lost to the community a generation ago."
Denis Cyr (Former Rivermen, Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues forward): "I lost more than a great friend for me and my family, I lost a second father. I will never be able to repay Bruce what he has done for me over the years and I feel very fortunate that I was able to say goodbye to him on the day of his 88th birthday. He will be greatly miss by me and my family."
Tyler Rennette (Peoria Mustangs head coach and Rivermen Hall-of-Fame forward): "RIP Bruce Saurs. You were an icon in this community and I am so glad that I was able to be a part of your teams and call you a friend for so many years. You will be missed by us all."
Kevin Tucker (Rivermen Scouting Services Manager and former defenseman): "Bruce, thank you for not only being a permanent fixture in the hockey world but also in the Central Illinois community. We will miss you dearly."
Katie Pogeman (Rivermen Assistant General Manager): "Thank you for allowing me to live out my dreams of working in sports! It has been a privilege and honor to work for such an amazing man."
Cole Ruwe (Rivermen Captain): "Saddened by the news of Mr. Saurs this morning. My prayers go out to the entire Saurs family. His efforts to bring and keep hockey in Peoria is the reason I was able to reach my dream of playing hockey for the Peoria Rivermen. Thank you Bruce for all you did for our community."
Josh Morin (Former Rivermen Chief Operating Officer): “My heart goes out to the entire Saurs family right now. Central Illinois and Rivermen nation just lost a giant of a man. I owe my 13-year career in the sports world to him. Bruce, Bart and JB awarded me my first front office gig in 2000 and Bruce had a major role in me coming back to the organization in 2008. I’m not sure I’ve met a more kind soul and loyal person than Bruce.”
Rocky Vonachen (Peoria Chiefs Baseball Club President): "Bruce was definitely a legend in the community. It was never about him. He did whatever it took to make Peoria a better place to work, play and live. Bruce knew there was a need for hockey in central Illinois and he fought to make that happen."
The Peoria Chiefs honored Bruce Saurs on Thursday by painting his initials behind home plate at Dozer Park. (Courtesy: @peoriachiefs/Twitter
Mississippi RiverKings (Twitter): "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the @Peoria_Rivermen after the passing of co-owner and Peoria hockey icon Bruce Saurs."
Pensacola IceFlyers (Twitter): "Our condolences to the @Peoria_Rivermen and all their fans. RIP Mr. Saurs."