Cleve In The Eve: Big Cody Dion comes home, plus a Rivermen trade

Cody Dion’s career was rescued by the Peoria Rivermen after he’d been released by another team in the 2015-16 season and was working as a cook at a barbecue restaurant.

Now he’s bringing some sizzle back to the Rivermen lineup for the 2019-20 SPHL season.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound winger came out of retirement and signed with the Rivermen on Tuesday.

“Sometimes you have a player who just isn’t replaceable, a guy you don’t want to lose, and Cody Dion was one of those guys for us,” Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel said. “He had a big impact on our team, and when he was gone we missed his personality and presence.”

Dion, 29, spent three seasons with the Rivermen before heading to Roanoke last season after a veteran player category logjam forced him off Peoria’s roster.

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