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Cyclones Broadcaster to Make NHL Debut

September 17, 2018 - ECHL (ECHL) - Cincinnati Cyclones News Release

Cincinnati, OH - The Cincinnati Cyclones are proud to announce that their Director of Broadcasting and Public Relations, Everett Fitzhugh, will make his NHL radio debut tomorrow night as part of the Washington Capitals broadcast. Tomorrow will mark the Capitals second game of the preseason as they welcome the Boston Bruins to town. The game will be carried in Washington on 106.7 The Fan while fans worldwide can listen by tuning in via and Caps Radio 24/7.

"This is a huge honor and a dream come true to be able to call an NHL game so early in my career. Thanks to John and the entire capitals organization for this opportunity, and thank you to the Cyclones for allowing me to pursue this and for their constant support in me and my career goals."

Everett joined the Cyclones in 2015 after spending the previous two seasons with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL. Previous to that stint he was with the USHL League Office as the Manager of Communications & Director of Social Media. The 2011 graduate of Bowling Green State University got his start calling over 120 collegiate games for his alma mater. Fitzhugh also made his NHL Network debut this year in covering the 2018 ECHL All-Star Game.

"This is a very exciting opportunity for Everett and I expect him to shine in this spotlight," said Cyclones Vice President and General Manager Kristin Ropp. "We are truly a developmental league but that does not stop on the ice. The ECHL continues to prove to be a foundation where players, coaches, and broadcasters alike build towards the NHL. We are proud that Everett will be representing the Cyclones on the NHL stage."

Fitzhugh will be joining current Capitals Play by Play man and former Cincinnati resident John Walton on the call. Walton, a 1996 Miami University graduate who majored in mass communications, was the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks' director of broadcasting and community relations from 1997 to 2000 and was the Cincinnati Reds' public address announcer from 1996 to 2002. He went on to become the Senior Manager of Communications for the AHL Hershey Bears from 2002-August 2011 before spending the last seven years in Washington.

"As a one-time resident of Cincinnati, hockey in the Queen City and throughout southwest Ohio is close to my heart, and I'm excited from a personal standpoint to have Everett join us for our game against Boston Tuesday," said Capitals Play-by-Play Announcer John Walton. He's an impressive young broadcaster and got my attention from listening to Cyclones games over the last couple of seasons. I'm sure he'll do a great job for us, and I'm looking forward to working with him."

The 2018-19 season is on the horizon, and tickets for First Face-Off are on sale NOW! Call (513) 421-PUCK for information regarding information on season and group ticket packages for this upcoming season, and you can also get the latest team updates on Facebook, Twitter (@CincyCyclones), and Instagram, along with our website,!

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