Say It Ain't Beau! Walker Heads to Peoria

Winston-Salem, NC - The Carolina Thunderbirds are announcing today the loan of Beau Walker to the Southern Professional Hockey League's Peoria Rivermen.

"I'm very happy for Beau to get this opportunity" head coach Andre Niec said. "He played very hard for us after coming from a different SPHL team so for him to go back to that league, I'm sure will be even more motivating for him."

Walker joined the Thunderbirds on Thanksgiving Day scoring two goals in his Thunderbirds' debut in a 6-5 win over Mentor at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex. Walker would go on to play 10 games for the Thunderbirds registering 10 points (4G-6A). He leaves Carolina in the middle of a 4-game point streak.

Prior to the Thunderbirds, Walker played for the Evansville Thunderbolts for nine games and tallied four assists before being released.

Walker will join a Rivermen team that is currently 2nd place in the SPHL, two points behind league leaders Macon (which have former Thunderbirds Taylor Love and Henry Dill on the roster) with three games in hand. Peoria is in the middle of a road trip playing Friday and Saturday night in Huntsville, before heading to Quad Cities for a New Year's Eve game.

In a corresponding move, the Thunderbirds have re-signed Viktor Grebennikov to the active roster.


The Carolina Thunderbirds are proud members of the Federal Hockey League, now in its ninth season. The Thunderbirds are in their second season of play looking to build on the success of their inaugural season where the team posted an 87-point season with a record of 25-5-2-24 (W-OTW-OTL-L). The Thunderbirds also set an FHL record with over 66,000 fans through the doors in their first season. Season and group tickets are on sale now by calling 336-774-GOAL (4625).