Unlike my co-blogger, I have been beyond delighted for pre-season hockey. Sure, it doesn’t count, but it means that the stuff that does count is just around the corner!
The good news: The first Peoria Rivermen hockey game of the year is to be played at Carver Arena tonight vs. the newly affiliated Chicago Wolves. Over the past few seasons, the Rivermen-Wolves rivalry was my favorite to watch play out, therefore, I am hoping the this new rivalry can keep some of the intensity of the old one. Tomorrow night, the Rivermen will take on the IceHogs in Rockford as a conclusion to the pre-season.
The “meh” news: According to Brendan Burke, Brennan Evans, TJ Hensick and Jake Gannon are wearing A’s tonight and no captain has been named. Burke also says that he “wouldn’t read too much into it.”
The bad news (for the Rivermen): Jonathan Cheechoo, Anthony Peluso, Brett Sterling and Mark Cundari were all re-called this afternoon by the Blues. It’s unknown how long they will remain there, but it’s likely that the Blues management wanted another look at the four. Also, with Jason Arnott’s eye surgery, the Rivermen may be short one forward if he’s sidelined for longer than the expected seven days.