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Kalisz Activated from Injured Reserve Monday

March 11, 2019 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Peoria Rivermen News Release

Peoria, IL - The Peoria Rivermen announced Monday that the team has activated Joe Kalisz from the 21-day injured reserve. In additional moves, the Rivermen signed winger Mitchell McPherson to an Amateur Tryout Contract and placed veteran winger Mike Gurtler on the 21-day IR with an upper-body injury suffered in Peoria's 3-1 loss at Knoxville Saturday.

Kalisz re-joins the Rivermen after two stints on the 21-day injured reserve with an upper-body ailment suffered during the team's late-January series at Pensacola. In 16 games with the Rivermen this season, Kalisz has recorded eight goals and 11 assists, including a +13 plus/minus rating and three game-winning goals. In a 15-game stint with the ECHL's Maine Mariners, Kalisz posted four assists and a +2 rating.

McPherson signs his third three-game amateur tryout contract after the Peoria native posted a goal, an assist, and a fight in his first five games with the Rivermen. McPherson finished a four-year collegiate career with Hamline University this season, posting six goals and four assists in 25 contests.

Gurtler makes his first trip to the injured reserve since the 2015-16 season after the Rochester, NY native recorded 15 goals and 16 assists in 48 games this season, including eight power-play points and two game-winning goals. Last season Gurtler came out of a one-year retirement to tally a career-high 21 goals in 55 regular-season games for the Rivermen, adding five goals and two assists in seven postseason outings.

Season tickets for Peoria's 38th season of professional hockey presented by Midwest Orthopaedic Center are on sale now at the Toyota Box Office in the Peoria Civic Center, or by phone at the Rivermen office, located at 201 S.W. Jefferson Street, or over the phone at (309) 676-1040.


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