There’s Peoria, Ill. There’s Utica, N.Y. There’s Seattle and Tacoma. And then there’s Vancouver.

As the Vancouver Canucks continue to search for the best option to house the Peoria Rivermen, which the Aquilini Investment Group purchased from the St. Louis Blues on April 18, one option for the AHL affiliate could be Rogers Arena.

The home of the local NHL franchise would allow Francesco Aquilini, managing director of the family investment group that owns the Canucks and the arena, to add the second tenant he has long sought and bring another level of professional hockey to the Lower Mainland.

The Canucks had obvious interest in relocating the Rivermen to the Fraser Valley.

However, unsuccessful discussions with the City of Abbotsford over an AHL lease and the Calgary Flames’ intention of retaining their break-even supply-fee agreement to house the Heat in the 7,046-seat Abbotsford Sports and Entertainment Centre — a contract that expires in 2019 and has cost taxpayers $3.5 million — has broadened the search for a suitable site for the Rivermen.

Rogers Arena has additional dressing rooms that could easily be converted to AHL standards and the infrastructure for hockey operations, ticketing and marketing are already in place with the parent Canucks.

There are cost and logistical challenges, including territorial rights that the Fraser Valley Sports and Entertainment Group has to operate an AHL team in the region — a 50-mile radius that would impact a Vancouver franchise located 43 miles away. The Canucks would have to get AHL and FVSEG approval to operate in the area.

Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman and chief operating officer Victor de Bonis met with the City of Peoria on Tuesday and continue to survey locations, but would be remiss if they didn’t check out one in their own backyard at Rogers Arena.

“It’s an option we’re going to explore,” said Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis.