Peoria Rivermen hockey started a jersey auction trend 25 years ago

PEORIA – The Peoria Rivermen wore special jerseys for the last time this season in a rare loss at home on Friday, absorbing a 5-1 setback to Quad City before 3,109 at Carver Arena.

Peoria have a league-best 23 home wins this season – and it also had a successful season with its specialty-themed jerseys.

When the match ended, the Rivermen stood on a stage on the ice, and one by one held their jerseys to a live auction with fans. It is a ritual that follows every match where special jerseys are worn, with 15 of these auctions this season alone.

The set, worn Friday, was a tribute to the 1990-91 Rivermen team, which won a professional hockey record in 18 games in a row and the IHL’s Turner Cup. The best team in Peoria’s 40-year franchise history – and perhaps ever anywhere in the minors – was honored with a team championship image on the front of the jersey.

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Peoria Rivermen captain Alec Hagaman presents his special jersey in honor of the franchise's 1990-91 IHL Turner Cup champions to fan Eric Bishop, who won it at a post-game auction at Carver Arena on Friday, April 8, 2022.

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Team captain Alec Hagaman’s jersey # 17 was sold for $ 550 to Eric Bishop, a facility engineer for Versa Press in East Peoria.

“I’ve known Alec for so many years and I really wanted his jersey,” said Bishop of Peoria, 42. “And this one is special because it has the Turner Cup championship team on it, such a great team and a great team. era. .

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