Rivermen fans sound off on potential ending to hockey in Peoria

By Chad Weber

April 21, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:15 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The final buzzer sounded on the season for the Rivermen this season, and what some are saying could be professional hockey in Peoria.

Sunday night, fans gave the Rivermen a standing ovation at the end of a 3-0 loss to Milwaukee.

Earlier this year, the St. Louis Blues sold the team to the Vancouver Canucks.

Speculation has it that Vancouver plans to move the team out of Peoria next season.

We spoke to Rivermen fans about what Hockey in Peoria has meant to them.

"Not sure how to feel," said Shawn Dull. "It's sad that we possibly might not have hockey here next year.

"It really hurts," said Jeff Jones. "My grandson is now four and he loves coming here. I've come here for 31 years, I live in Macomb, and I drive back and fourth every time.

"So the local hockey, and you recognize the names and you can talk to them, you can catch up with them, you can autograph with them," said James Morris. "That is the good thing about a local hockey team."

After the game, fans came onto the ice to get autographs signed by the players and take pictures.

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