Cyclones Receive Reinforcements From AHL Affiliates
October 12, 2011 | View Comments
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, announced today that three players have been assigned from their two AHL Affiliates. The Milwaukee Admirals have assigned goaltender Chet Pickard while the San Antonio Rampage have assigned forward Anthony Luciani and defenseman Keith Seabrook.
Pickard, Nashville’s first-round draft choice (18th overall) in 2008, is entering his third season as a professional. In 2010-11, the Winnipeg, Manitoba native appeared in 29 games with the Cyclones – compiling a 9-14-3 record with a 3.39 goals-against average and an 87.7% save percentage. He also saw some action with the Milwaukee Admirals, logging ice-time in seven games, going 1-4-1 with a 2.96 goals-against average.
Luciani, a Maple, Ontario native, will be entering his first full year as a professional after spending the last three years in the Ontario Hockey League with the Erie Otters. After completing his 2010-11 OHL season, the 21-year-old right-winger made his professional debut with the Rochester Americans. During his brief three-game stint in the AHL last season, Luciani collected a pair of goals and an assist.
Seabrook, a 23-year-old British Columbia native, joins the Cyclones this season after splitting time with Abbotsford and Manitoba last season in the American Hockey League. Collectively last year, the six-foot, 198-pound rear guard amassed 23 points (5 goals, 18 assists) in 63 games. Prior to going pro in 2009, Seabrook spent two seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Calgary Hitmen – where he posted 72 points (19 goals, 53 assists) in a 123-game span. His older brother, Brent, currently plays at the NHL level with the Chicago Blackhawks and won a Stanley Cup in the Windy City in 2010.
All three players are expected to be in the lineup this Saturday night when the Cyclones open the regular season on the road against the Kalamazoo Wings. Pregame coverage of the game can be heard on the Cyclones Radio Network beginning at 7:15pm.
The countdown to the 2011-12 regular season is underway! Secure your seats for 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 CyclonesHockey.com for more information. Fans can also get the latest team updates throughout the season on Facebook and Twitter.
Click here to view all three players' career statistics.