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Cyclones Sign Defenseman Smith

November 19, 2008 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Twin City Cyclones News Release

Winston Salem, SC- Twin City Cyclones' General Manager Sean Cowan announced the signing today of Russell Smith, 24, a defenseman who played most recently with the New Mexico Scorpions of the Central Hockey League.

Smith, who was a college teammate of current Cyclones' player Michael Richard, had a seven game stint with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL at the end of the 2007-08 season immediately after finishing his college career. He signed and played 11 games with New Mexico this year before joining the Cyclones.

The defenseman, who was born in Annapolis, Maryland, played four years of college hockey at Elmira College in New York before turning professional. His size, height--6.04 and weight-- 220 and previous pro experience will add both strength and experience to the Cyclones defensive corps, Smith, a left-handed shooter recorded one assist and had 37 penalty minutes in his 11 games with New Mexico this season.

Cyclones' Head Coach Mark Richards reacted positively to Smith's acquisition. "Anytime you can add size and mobility to your blue line it is a big plus. Russell has the potential to be an excellent contributor to our team." He is expected to be in the line-up when the Cyclones face the Richmond Renegades on Wednesday night.

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