Rivermen Sign 2005 ECHL All-Star Jackson

PEORIA, Ill. – The Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League announced that they have signed defenseman Jim Jackson, who has played for the Gwinnett Gladiators the last two seasons.

The Alaska Aces are the ECHL affiliate of the Rivermen of the AHL and the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. The head coach of the Rivermen is Davis Payne, who was the 2007 ECHL Coach of the Year.

The 28-year-old Jackson had six points (1g-5a) and 28 penalty minutes in 17 games with Peoria in 2007-08 while also playing seven games for Manitoba. He had 14 points (10g-4a) and 28 penalty minutes in 27 regular season games and three goals and eight penalty minutes in eight Kelly Cup Playoff games for Gwinnett.

Jackson was an original member of the Gladiators as a rookie in 2003-04. He had 33 points (12g-21a) in 70 regular season games and finished fourth in the league with a plus-minus rating of +34 and five points (2g-3a) in 11 Kelly Cup Playoff games.

The native of Marquette, Mich. returned to Gwinnett in 2004-05 and had 29 points (12g-17a) in 58 regular season games and one assist in eight Kelly Cup Playoff games while being selected to the 2005 ECHL All-Star Game .