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October 16, 2006 - ECHL (ECHL) - Cincinnati Cyclones News Release

SMITH MORE ACCUSTOMED TO DROPPING QBs: Friday night (Oct. 20), Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Justin Smith will drop the ceremonial faceoff prior to the game against Pensacola. The sixth year player out of Missouri has dropped 38 quarterbacks (for sacks) during his career in the NFL.

BIG DAY SATURDAY!: Saturday (Oct. 21), will be a big one for hockey fans in Cincinnati. Not only will Toledo roll into town for a 7:30pm tilt, there is a tailgate party in the parking lot at Game Day Sports Cafe (just east of the arena on Pete Rose Way--parking $5). The tailgate party starts at 3pm. Also, at 3pm, inside the arena, the University of Cincinnati plays a home game against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. Persons holding tickets for the Cyclones-Storm game are admitted to the UC game for free.

BACK AGAIN: The Cincinnati Cyclones are back for another season of hockey, after a two-year hiatus. This will be the 15th season that a team named the Cincinnati Cyclones is operating in the Queen City. The current Cyclones club originally started as the ECHL's Louisville RiverFrogs from 1995-96 through 1997-98, before becoming the Miami Matadors for the 1998-99 season. The team was purchased and re-activated for the 2001-02 season and operated for three seasons (through 2003-04) as the Cyclones before going inactive. NOTE: The original ECHL Cyclones club (1990-92) has undergone several changes over the years and currently is the team known as the Stockton Thunder-which is coached by former IHL Cyclones player and Cyclones ECHL coach Chris Cichocki.

RECAP OF PRESEASON: Following four days of workouts at SportsPlus, the Cyclones opened the 2006-07 preseason with a 4-1 win over Dayton at U.S. Bank Arena on Wednesday night (Oct. 11). Forwards Scott Reynolds and Jean-Michel Daoust each collected a goal and an assist, while Dov Grumet-Morris turned aside 29 shots in the victory. On Friday (Oct. 13), Toledo claimed a 5-3 win. Forwards Sam Ftorek, Robin Richards and Matt Rogers all scored goals in the contest. Saturday (Oct. 14), the preseason closed with a 3-2 Cyclones victory over Dayton. Defenseman Conrad Martin scored a pair of goals and Rogers collected the game winner in the third period. Goaltender Cedric Desjardins kicked away 29 shots in picking up the win.

Games Coming Up...

Wed. Oct. 11 DAYTON ................ 7:30pm

Fri. Oct. 13 at Toledo .................. 7:35pm

Sat. Oct. 14 at Dayton ...................... 7pm

Fri. Oct. 20 PENSACOLA ........ 7:30pm

Sat. Oct. 21 TOLEDO ................ 7:30pm

Cyclones defensemen Conrad Martin, Jarred Mohr and Riley Day participate in the American Can-cer Society's walk for Breast Cancer on Sunday (Oct. 15). They were part of a community that helped raise $575,000 for ACS.

GALLAGHER, KONECNY AND WINDER RELEASED: Sunday (Oct. 15), the Cyclones released forwards Cory Konecny, Garret Winder and defenseman Greg Gallagher. Konecny registered an assist, was -1 in plus/minus rating and had 14 penalty minutes in three exhibition games. Winder did not register a point in three preseason games, was +1 in plus/minus rating and had one minor penalty. Gallagher played in all three exhibition games and was -1 in plus/minus rating.

TAKE A WALK...: Sunday morning (Oct. 15), Head Coach Chuck Weber and more than half of the 2006-07 Cincinnati Cyclones team was at Sawyer Point participating in the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. The team donned their jerseys and walked the course with thousands of other Cincinnatians. They were a part of a community that raised $575,000 for ACS.

DICKMANN'S TONIGHT!: Tonight (Oct. 16), the 2006-07 Cincinnati Cyclones squad and coaching staff will be at Dickmann's Sports Cafe (479 Orphanage Rd., Ft. Wright, KY) from 7-8pm. It is the first installment of the Cyclones Coaches Show. Throughout the season, Head Coach Chuck Weber and players will be at Dickmann's on Monday nights(schedule permitting) to discuss the Cincinnati squad, other teams in the ECHL and hockey in general.

WEBER AT THE HELM: The Cyclones will be led by first year Head Coach Chuck Weber. A former assistant coach of the Utah Grizzlies (2005-06), Augusta Lynx (2003-05), Milwaukee Admirals (2002-03), Trenton Titans (2001-02) and Orlando Solar Bears (1999-2001), Weber was a part of the 2001 Turner Cup champions. Chuck is the seventh coach in the history of this club (Warren Young, Terry Christensen, Ray Edwards, Paul Lawless, Malcom Cameron and Chris Cichocki are the others).

CANADIENS TERRITORY: The Cyclones are the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Montreal Canadiens. There will be five players assigned to Cincinnati this season from the Montreal list of players signed. At the present time, two players have been assigned to the club (Jimmy Bonneau and Cory Urquhart).

TREMENDOUS PROMOTIONS: The Cyclones will have promotions for 35 of the 36 home games this season. Among these will be WWE Night (Nov. 3), Gilbert Dionne Jersey Retirement (Dec. 2), NASCAR Night (Jan. 6), Pigskin On The Pond/Melt The Ice Bikini Contest Night (March 16), Education In Hockey Day (March 27) and Fan Appreciation Night (Apr. 6).

CELEBRITIES AT U.S. BANK ARENA: There will be several celebrities for Cyclones promotions this season. Heavyweight wrestler John Cena will be at WWE Night (Nov. 3), UFC fighter Rich Franklin will be in on Jan. 5 and driver Denny Hamlin will make a pit stop for NASCAR Night (Jan. 6). There will also be several television reality stars in for Reality TV Night on Dec. 1.

THIS WEEK IN CYLONES HISTORY: Oct. 22, 1993 -- The IHL Cyclones score three times in 53 seconds to blow open a 7-2 win over Kalamazoo. Doug Barrault (1:35), Daniel Gauthier (2:09) and Jamie Leach

(2:28) net the goals.Oct. 21, 1995 - After four home games and a 2-2-0 start, the Louisville River Frogs play the first road game in club history, a 4-2 loss at Toledo. Oct. 19, 2001 -- Cyclones win first game in return to ECHL, a 5-0 whitewashing at Toledo. Steve Briere turns aside a season-high 41 shots in the triumph. The victory jump

starts Cincinnati to a 6-2-0 start through November 4 of that season.

TICKETS, GET YOUR TICKETS!: Tickets for all Cyclones games can be purchased at the U.S. Bank Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets including select Kroger stores, charge by phone at 513-562-4949 or online at

WWW.CYCLONESHOCKEY.COM: The most up-to-date information and broadcast of the games can be found on our website

SCORELINE: For fans who need to know what is going on, can also call the Cyclones update line at 513-421-4111, x.333 for news and scores.

Mon. Oct. 16 Tue. Oct. 17 Wed. Oct. 18 Thur. Oct. 19 Fri. Oct. 20 Sat. Oct. 21 Sun. Oct. 22

No on ice Practice 10a-11:30 Practice 10a-11:30 Practice 10a-11:30 PENSACOLA TOLEDO TBA

activity scheduled SportsPlus SportsPlus U.S. Bank Arena 7:30 pm 7:30 pm

Fan Club Cookout U.S. Bank Arena U.S. Bank Arena

6:30pm USBA

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