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Cyclones Agree to Terms with Byron Elliott and Chris Reed for 2012-13

August 23, 2012 | View Comments

Cyclones Agree to Terms with Byron Elliott and Chris Reed for 2012-13

CINCINNATI , Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, announced today that forward Byron Elliott and defenseman Chris Reed have agreed to terms with the club for the 2012-13 season.

Elliott, a 24-year-old Burlington, Ontario native, returns to the Cyclones for his first full season as a professional. The six-foot-one-inch forward joined the team late in the 2011-12 campaign, posting three assists in 11 games. Prior to playing for the Cyclones he completed a three-year career at the University of Toronto. In 74 contests with the Blues, he totaled 107 points (46 goals, 61 assists) and 145 penalty minutes. Elliott was the offensive leader for University of Toronto in each of his three seasons. He also logged ice time in the OHL and the OPJHL prior to his collegiate career.

“Byron was one of our harder workers down the stretch last year,” said Cyclones Head Coach Jarrod Skalde. “I was very impressed with his work ethic and professionalism. We are very excited to see him continue his development this season.”

Reed, a 25-year-old Solon, Ohio native is also returning for a second season with the Cyclones. The six-foot-one-inch defenseman appeared in 33 games before his season came to an end due to a concussion suffered in late January. During his time on the ice, he contributed six points (1 goal, 5 assists) and amassed 12 penalty minutes. Prior to turning pro, Reed was a four-year letter-winner with the Ohio State Buckeyes, where he accumulated 38 points (4 goals, 34 assists) and was named the CCHA Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2009-10. He was also appointed to the Academic All-Big Ten team in both 2008-09 and 2009-10. Prior to enrolling at Ohio State he played for one season each in the NAHL and the USHL.

“Before his injury, I felt Chris was one of our more consistent defensemen last season,” said Skalde. “He has great hockey sense and a commitment to solid defensive play. I’m confident we will see huge growth with him this year.”

The countdown to the 2012-13 season is officially underway! On Saturday, October 13, the Cyclones will host the second-annual Power Play 5K Run/Walk followed by the 2012 First Face-Off against the Wheeling Nailers at U.S. Bank Arena. Registration for the race is open NOW on Don’t forget the Cyclones will host an exhibition game at U.S. Bank Arena on Friday, October 5 at 7:30pm with tickets available for just $5! Contact a Cyclones Ticket Representative today at 513.421.PUCK to reserve your seats. Fans can also get the latest team updates throughout the offseason on Facebook and Twitter (@CincyCyclones).

To view Elliott's career statistics, click here

To view Reed's career statistics, click here