The Peoria Rivermen have added a pair of forwards to their lineup,
signing both Connor Hutchins to a three game contract and Liam
Stirtzinger to an amateur tryout offer (ATO). The pair will be with the
club this weekend for the Rivermen’s three games inside Carver Arena.
Hutchins, 24, just finished his senior year playing for NCAA-DIII
Suny-Brockport, where the Texas native served as captain the last two
seasons, and an alternate during his sophomore year. Hutchins tallied 97
points in 102 games with SUNY-Brockport, and played his first two
seasons with the team while Rivermen defenseman Brandon McMartin was
there. In addition to wearing a letter in college, Connor served one
season as captain of the Brookings Blizzard in the North American Hockey
Stirtzinger becomes the second player out of Aurora University to
sign an ATO with the Rivermen this season, joining fellow forward Drew
Doyon. Stirtzinger, 24, finished 7th
on the Aurora Spartans
in scoring this past season, and led the team in penalty minutes (47).
The 6’4” winger played three years in the NAHL before college,
collecting 422 penalty minutes, which puts him in the top 40 all-time
amongst NAHL players for penalty minutes.