The Mustangs’ ownership group has changed over the years and is now made up of Paul Wayvon, Jean-Guy Trudel and Steve Ortman.
Trudel and Ortman have also been head coaches for the team. Other Mustangs head coaches that contributed greatly to building the Mustangs were Kevin Lune, Denis Cyr, Bob Fleming and Darwin McPherson.
Paul Wayvon acquired the controlling interest in the team in 2012 primarily to ensure that junior hockey stayed and will grow in the Peoria area.
“There are not many cities of Peoria’s size that have a professional hockey team, a junior hockey team and a strong youth hockey organization,” said Wayvon.
“Junior hockey is an essential part of Peoria’s complete hockey environment.
As well, junior hockey has become an essential developmental step that helps a player to progress and be able to play and enjoy hockey as part of their college years, as well as advancing to the NAHL.”
The Peoria area is fortunate to have a very strong hockey culture and history.
A number of former professional hockey players reside in the Peoria area.
After completing their professional careers with the Peoria Rivermen (who have, over time competed in the IHL, ECHL, AHL and now the SPHL), many players eventually made their homes in Peoria.
In fact, all seven Peoria Mustangs coaches were, at one time, members of the Rivermen organization.
This has helped to bring a highly professional approach to the Mustangs and helped to create a strong history of success.
Most recently, in 2013-14, Ortman led the Mustangs to the NA3HL Central
Division title. A year prior, Trudel guided the team to the NA3HL Championship finals. In fact, over the past 14 seasons, the Mustangs have missed the playoffs only once and have been consistent competitors near the top of the league.
In 2003-04, the Mustangs were Junior B National finalists.
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