PEORIA — The Peoria Rivermen signed four players on Wednesday, including one who was a member of the SPHL franchise's charter team.

Dean Yakura, a center who played for Peoria in its expansion season of 2013-14 and again briefly the following year, has returned for another shot with the two-time defending league points champions.

The Rivermen also signed winger Chris Magi, goaltender Braeden Ostepchuk and goaltender Aaron Taylor.

Now 33, Yakura brings faceoff skill and disciplined, positional play to the table.

He netted seven goals with 15 assists in 46 games for Knoxville last season in the SPHL.

The ninth-year pro has played 35 games in the ECHL for Manchester, Adirondack, Cincinnati and Idaho, spent a year in Asia playing for the Nikko Bucks, and has 121 games in the low-A Federal Hockey League to his credit.

He has played 103 games in the SPHL for Peoria, Pensacola and Knoxville.

Ostepchuk played four years at Norwich University, then made his pro debut last spring in the ECHL with Greenville and in the SPHL with Pensacola.

Taylor went 9-12-0 with a league second-best 3.13 goals-against and .914 saves rate last season in the FHL for Danville.

Magi, 23, played six games in a senior men's league last season, then made his pro debut at FHL North Shore and posted a hat trick in his only game.

RIVER READINGS: Hard-nosed Rivermen winger Mike Economos has signed with SPHL Roanoke, where former Peoria captain Dan Bremner is head coach. ... Big Rivermen winger Ryan Siiro has signed with ECHL Orlando. ... Knoxville has re-signed veteran playmaking center Danny Cesarz. ... Defending champion Huntsville has re-signed little winger Tyler Piacentini.

Dave Eminian covers the Rivermen for the Journal Star. Reach him at 686-3206 or Check out Rivermen videos on and news items on Twitter @icetimecleve.