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Season 2011-2012

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This club in 2011-2012: CHL

Current rosterseason 2011-2012
# Pos Player name State Born Height Weight Shoots  
GD.J. DelBuono26.03.1986173 cm71 kgN/A
GMarco Emond20.11.1977- cm- kgleft
GZane Kalemba19.12.1985181 cm84 kgleft
GBrian Mahoney-Wilson07.04.1986178 cm85 kgright
GRob Mattison01.05.1983183 cm79 kgright
GMark Sibbald15.06.1984181 cm84 kgleft
GSteve Somerfield22.04.1987191 cm100 kgleft
GDan Venet05.05.1987180 cm77 kgN/A
DCraig Cescon18.08.1986188 cm95 kgleft
DAaron Dawson11.03.1985195 cm100 kgleft
DNello Ferrara18.04.1976180 cm88 kgleft
DDoug Krantz22.08.1983190 cm89 kgright
DGregory Moore04.07.1985178 cm91 kgleft
DOmar Pacha18.11.1986180 cm91 kgleft
DRyan Palmer06.04.1983191 cm96 kgleft
DAaron Schwartz05.03.1985185 cm92 kgleft
DMark Znutas17.04.1988183 cm83 kgleft
LWMike Baslyk31.03.1984188 cm93 kgN/A
FJon Booras17.12.1982181 cm83 kgleft
FChris Chambers17.01.1986190 cm91 kgleft
CBrent Clarke05.06.1986175 cm82 kgleft
RWJason Dale31.12.1988178 cm78 kgright
FChris Ferazzoli17.06.1980167 cm75 kgN/A
CKarl Fournier04.01.1983177 cm82 kgright
FTravis Granbois09.10.1985185 cm91 kgright
FKyle Laughlin29.11.1984183 cm86 kgN/A
CLee McClure06.10.1989182 cm84 kgN/A
RWVladimir Nikiforov07.10.1987169 cm77 kgleft
LWJerry Pollastrone10.03.1986179 cm86 kgleft
FLuke Popko29.03.1988178 cm91 kgleft
RWMarc Rechlicz01.11.1988192 cm88 kgright
FBrandon Richardson07.06.1988180 cm89 kgN/A
FBrodie Sheahan15.06.1986181 cm77 kgright
FJordy Trottier05.11.1988180 cm82 kgN/A
FMatt Whitehead26.11.1984170 cm73 kgleft
CMike Zbriger24.02.1982178 cm82 kgright
Coach name State Born Coach position  
Paul Gardner05.03.1956Head Coach

* no longer in the club

U.S. Cellular Coliseum Bloomington

U.S. Cellular Coliseum Bloomington logo

The Blaze replace the defunct Bloomington PrairieThunder which played in the International Hockey League from 2006-2010 (in their first season the league was called the United Hockey League) before it merged with the CHL for the 2010-11 season, which they had only played the single season before folding.
Though the Blaze also plays at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum, the franchise is not considered a continuation of the PrairieThunder franchise.

On May 13, 2013, the Peoria Journal Star reported that the Blaze, along with the AHL's Peoria Rivermen, would move to the Southern Professional Hockey League for the 2013-14 season. The two teams will reportedly be owned by two former Rivermen executives, John Butler and Bart Rogers, with financial backing from former Rivermen owner Bruce Saurs. The SPHL held an emergency meeting with the Board of Governors and the league owners and general managers on the morning of May 14, 2013 to decide on the acceptance of the franchises.
On May 15, 2013, it was officially announced that the Blaze would leave the struggling CHL for the lower level SPHL. Also entering the league with Bloomington are the Peoria Rivermen, who lost their AHL team after their owners, the Vancouver Canucks, announced they were moving the team. Renamed Bloomington Thunder in July 2013

After 2013-2014 season team migrate to USHL

In 2017, the team rebranded and became the Central Illinois Flying Aces

  • from 2011 to 2013: Bloomington Blaze
  • from 2013 to 2017: Bloomington Thunder
  • from 2017 to present: Central Illinois Flying Aces

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Bloomington, Peoria join SPHL for 2013-2014 Season

The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) announced its Board of Governors has unanimously approved the Bloomington Blaze and Peoria Rivermen to join the league for the 2013-2014 season.

"We are excited to welcome Bloomington and Peoria into the league," added SPHL President Jim Combs. "The addition of two teams in the Midwest opens up a new range of opportunities for the SPHL."

The Rivermen were purchased at the end of March by the Vancouver Canucks, who intend to move the franchise to Abbotsford, B.C. and last week confirmed with Peoria Civic Center officials that they will not bring back the Rivermen franchise.

(17 May 2013)
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Bloomington Blaze participates in season 2011-2012: CHL


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