Rivermen reel in Rocky

The Peoria Rivermen, proud new primary affiliate of the St. Louis Blues, announced today that the team has agreed to the terms of an American Hockey League (AHL) contract with defenseman Rocky Thompson.

Thompson, 28, joins the AHL Rivermen for his ninth professional season after playing for the Edmonton Road Runners in 2004-05. In 69 games last season, he tied his career high in goals (3), collected three assists and amassed 231 minutes in penalties.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound blueliner produced his best statistical campaign as a professional while with the San Antonio Rampage in 2002-03, when he posted career highs in games played (79), assists (11), points (12) and penalty minutes (275).

A product of Calgary, Thompson was selected by his hometown Flames with the 72nd overall choice of the 1995 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft. In 25 career NHL games with the Flames and the Florida Panthers, he has registered 117 penalty minutes.

Thompson has spent the majority of his professional career in the AHL, having recorded 56 points (15 goals, 41 assists) and 1,545 penalty minutes in 452 contests with Edmonton, Toronto, San Antonio, Hershey, Louisville and Saint John, reaching the Calder Cup Finals with the Flames in 1998.