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Cyclones Offer Carson Palmer Professional Tryout

September 21, 2011 | View Comments

Cyclones Offer Carson Palmer Professional Tryout

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- The Cincinnati Cyclones, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, announced today that they have offered a professional tryout to Carson Palmer. The tryout will take place on Thursday, September 29 at 7:00pm on the ice at U.S. Bank Arena. The general public is invited to attend the tryout as it will coincide with the Cyclones annual preseason Open House. Fans will also have the ability to tour the Cyclones locker room, take a shot on Cyclones broadcaster and one game goalie phenom Nick Brunker, and also pick out their seats for the upcoming Cyclones season.

The 6’5” Southern California native recently “retired” from pro football. The Cyclones hope to allow Palmer to continue his professional sports career in Cincinnati by losing the cleats and lacing up the skates this season. Palmer spent eight great seasons leading the Bengals and the Cyclones hope that he can quarterback their power play for the upcoming year.

Should the former Heisman Trophy winner grab a spot on the team, he will earn the league minimum of $370 per week while also sharing lodging with one of his teammates in a spacious two-bedroom apartment. Palmer will also enjoy the luxury of traveling to and from each game on a ‘sleeper’ bus where each player has their very own bunk. Palmer, who has worn #9 during his entire pro-career, will have to negotiate with last year’s leading scorer Mathieu Aubin to wear the single digit mark this season.

“To be able to have an athlete such as Carson Palmer would be a major addition to this year’s club” said Cyclones Head Coach Jarrod Skalde. “Palmer’s leadership and command of a game in the offensive zone should help our squad this season. His skating ability, stick handling skills, and slapshot have yet to be seen but growing up in the hockey hotbed of Fresno, California…one can only think he’s a natural.”

The countdown to the 2011-12 season is officially underway! Secure your seats for this year’s Home Opener on Saturday, November 5 when the Cyclones welcome the Chicago Express to U.S. Bank Arena for the first time at 7:30pm. Contact a ticket representative today at 513.421.PUCK or log on to for more information. Fans can also get the latest team updates during the offseason on Facebook and Twitter.