PEORIA — The Peoria Rivermen added to their roster on Thursday, signing JM Piotrowski.
The 6-foot-2, 198-pound center -- whose proper name is John Michael Piotrowski -- played for SPHL Birmingham last season and had a stint in the ECHL.
The Dallas native played 42 games for the Bulls -- including two of the four games they dropped to the Rivermen.
He netted six goals with eight assists and a -8 rating for a 17-win team that, had the season not been halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, likely would have missed the playoffs.
He played three games in the class-AA ECHL for Orlando.
Piotrowski played junior hockey for Wichita and Bismarck in the NAHL, and Fargo and Sioux Falls in the USHL, joining the latter for a championship in 2014-15.
He went on to play four years at Yale before turning pro.
MACON IMPROVEMENTS: The Macon Mayhem brought back Kevin Kerr as head coach this week.
Kerr led Macon to an SPHL championship in 2016-17 -- beating the Rivermen in the President's Cup Finals.
He moved up to become head coach at ECHL Greenville (54-71-11) the last two seasons.
Macon's new ownership -- a group of five area leaders including John Sapp, Charles Olson, John Regan, Mason Bryan and Blair Floyd -- turned to Kerr after the team finished last in the SPHL last season.
Leo Thomas was fired when the team opened 2-6-2 and lost four straight games to Peoria.
He was replaced by Ryan Michel for the rest of the season.
RIVER READINGS: Congrats to Jesse Kallechy, who has left as Fayetteville head coach to take a promotion to the ECHL. He will serve as assistant coach for an ECHL team as yet unnamed.
Dave Eminian is the Journal Star sports columnist, and covers the Rivermen and Chiefs. He writes the Cleve In The Eve sports column for pjstar.com. Reach him at 686-3206 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @icetimecleve.