PEORIA, Ill. – The Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League announced that Gwinnett center Chris Durno, Pensacola center Cam Keith, Alaska right wing Mike Lee, Alaska left wing Charles Linglet, Peoria left wing Justin Maiser, Florida center Kris Vernarsky, and Alaska goaltender Matt Underhill have all been invited to the team’s training camp.
The Alaska Aces are the ECHL affiliate of the Rivermen of the AHL and the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League.
In two seasons Gwinnett, the 25-year-old Durno has 102 points (40g-62a) in 134 regular season games and 19 points (12g-7a) in 21 Kelly Cup Playoff games.
In his first full professional season in 2004-05, the 25-year-old Keith had 37 points (14g-23a) in 67 regular season games and two goals in three Kelly Cup Playoff games with Pensacola while also appearing in three games with St. John’s in the AHL.
In 2004-05, the 6-foot and 230-pound Lee had 10 points (6g-4a) and 136 penalty minutes in 44 regular season games and three points (2g-1a) and 58 penalty minutes in 14 Kelly Cup Playoff games for Alaska and 29 penalty minutes in seven games with Utah of the AHL.
Selected in the fifth round (165th overall) by St. Louis in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the 22-year-old Maiser had 32 points (19g-13a) in 59 games with Peoria and one goal in nine games with Worcester of the AHL in his rookie season in 2004-05.
The 23-year-old Linglet had 62 points (28g-34a) in 72 regular season games and 16 points (6g-10a) in 15 Kelly Cup Playoff games for Alaska in 2004-05.
Selected in the second round (51st overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, the 23-year-old Vernarsky had 36 points (16g-20a) in 53 regular season games and nine points (2g-7a) in 18 Kelly Cup Playoff games with Florida and one assist in five games with Providence of the AHL.
Selected in the sixth round (170th overall) by the Calgary Flames in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Underhill was 3-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.00 and a save percentage of .943 in three regular season games with the Aces and 1-1 in three Kelly Cup Playoff games in 2004-05. He also played for Mississippi in 2004-05 where he was 13-8-3 with a goals against of 2.65 and a save percentage of .923 in 24 starts. He also played in the AHL, stopping all 17 shots faced in a game for St. John’s and going 1-2-1 with one shutout, a 2.95 goals-against average and .885 save percentage in five games with Providence.