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Hockey Operations

Hockey Operations

Jean-Guy Trudel
Head Coach

Jean-Guy Trudel was named head coach for the team’s inaugural season in the Southern Professional Hockey League on May 25, 2013. He becomes the 19th head coach in Rivermen franchise history and the third former player to return as a head coach.    Before joining the Rivermen, Trudel, 38, spent three seasons …

Kevin Tucker
Assistant Coach

Kevin Tucker was named assistant coach for the team’s inaugural season in the Southern Professional Hockey League on May 25, 2013. Although his previous coaching experience is limited to amateur hockey, he played professionally for parts of four seasons, including three with Peoria, and has had the opportunity to learn under …

Michelle Novak
Athletic Trainer

Michelle Novak is employed by Accelerated Rehabilitation Center and was hired by the Rivermen to be the team’s athletic trainer prior to the 2013-14 season. She becomes the first ever female trainer in Peoria's 32-year history as a professional franchise and is responsible for making sure each player is healthy and ready …

Andrew Cohen
Equipment Manager

Andrew Cohen was named head equipment manager on June 4, 2013.  A native of Peoria, Cohen is a graduate of Dunlap High School and an alumnus of Eureka College. He is responsible for all of Peoria's equipment needs.   Cohen, 26, spent last season as an equipment assistant with the NHL’s Dallas …