St. Charles Chill give the region another hockey option

News-DemocratJuly 2, 2013 

Former St. Louis Blues and NHL defenseman Jamie Rivers welcomed three new players to the roster of the region's newest hockey team Tuesday, the St. Charles Chill.

Rivers is coach and general manager of the franchise.

Based at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., the Chill will compete in the Central Hockey League and begin its inaugural season in October.

The franchise's first three players announced Tuesday were forwards Jordan Fox and Kyle Kraemer and defenseman Tony DeHart.

DeHart, 23, is a former fifth-round draft pick of the NHL's New York Islanders and grew up in Ballwin, Mo. The defenseman has played for Oshawa in the Ontario Hockey League before moving on to the East Coast Hockey League and American Hockey League.

DeHart had five goals, 30 points and 81 penalty minutes in 62 games last season with the ECHL's Stockton Thunder.

Fox, 28, is a Kirkwood, Mo., native who spent the past two season in England playing for the Nottingham Panthers. He has played previously in the AHL, International Hockey League and the United States Hockey League.

The 28-year-old Kraemer is from St. Louis and had a career high 30 goals and 71 pints last season for the East Coast Hockey League's Ontario Reign. He starred at Northeastern University before turning pro.

Rivers played with the Blues from 1995-99 and again in 2006-07. He also played for the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers, Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes.

He spent last offseason helping train Blues players during the lockout and also has worked with the team's prospects.

The Chill will play 33 home games, with season tickets on sale now starting at less than $10 per game. For tickets or more information, call 636-447-8200 or visit www.stcharleschill.com.

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