International Hockey League (1982-1984)
Born: 1982 – IHL expansion franchise.
Re-Branded: Summer 1984 (Peoria Rivermen)
Arena: Peoria Civic Center
Owner: Ken Wilson
The Peoria Prancers were a short-lived farm club of the New York Rangers notable mainly for having perhaps the least intimidating name in the history of pro hockey. The club was owned by a long-time itinerant minor league hockey executive Ken Wilson. Wilson ran out of money in 1984 after two losing seasons and handed the keys to the franchise back to the International Hockey League. The money-losing Peoria Civic Center, faced with the loss of 40 booked dates at the building in the winter of 1984-85, agreed to buy the team, but quickly changed the name to the infinitely manlier Peoria Rivermen prior to the 1984-85 IHL season.