Reign Enforcer Returns to OntarioSeptember 21, 2012 - ECHL (ECHL) Ontario Reign
"He's a player that has a good shot and can get in on the forecheck," said Reign Head Coach Jason Christie. "He is consistent and can back-up any style of play, and that's the way games are won."
Cloud, 23, brought a hard and physical style of play to the Reign last season leading Ontario with 17 major penalties and tying for third in the league in the same category. While with the Reign he played in 51 games earning 21 points (8g, 13a) and a career-high 157 penalty minutes. Cloud made the jump to the AHL to play for the Reign's AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, where he saw ice time in ten games accumulating 19 penalty minutes. When the Reign made the playoffs, Cloud appeared in three games.
"He got an opportunity to go up to the American Hockey League where he got a taste of the style of play up there and how he needs to play. We're looking for good things from him this year," Christie said.
The 5-foot-11, 186-pound forward split time between the CHL's Tulsa Oilers and the Bloomington PrairieThunder, where he first played for Jason Christie, during the 2010-11 season. In eight games with the Oilers Cloud earned 25 penalty minutes before signing with the PriairieThunder. After playing in 53 games with Bloomington, Cloud recorded 13 points (2g, 11a) and 103 penalty minutes, and finished the season with a career-high plus-minus rating of +8.
The Waywayseecappo, Saskatchewan native made his professional debut in the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers for three games in 2009 before playing with the CHL's Amarillo Gorillas for 56 games. With the Gorillas, Cloud tallied 21 points (8g, 13a) and 102 penalty minutes.
Prior to turning pro, Cloud played in the WHL for five seasons with a 19-game stint in the MJHL with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines. He wore a Saskatoon Blades uniform for three of the five seasons in the WHL earning 38 points (15g, 23a) and 222 penalty minutes with the club from 2004-07. From 2007-09 he played for the Vancouver Giants and Seattle Thunderbirds where he recorded 53 points (23g, 30a).
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