CINCINNATI, OH – The 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs are well into the Conference Final round, however for teams like the Cincinnati Cyclones, our attention has turned towards the 2017-2018 ECHL regular season. The first step of the off-season process is now complete as the Cyclones now know the 16 different opponents they will share a sheet of ice with beginning this upcoming fall. Here is the breakdown of Cincinnati’s 72-game campaign:

-The 2017-2018 season gets underway from U.S. Bank Arena on October 14th against the Kalamazoo Wings
-Tulsa and South Carolina return to downtown Cincinnati for the first time in over a season. The Oilers’ last visit was in 2016, while the Stingrays last came to town in 2015.
-For the second consecutive season, the Cyclones will meet up with the Indy Fuel more than anybody else. The two teams will clash ten times.
-Cincinnati will be reunited with the Orlando Solar Bears and Florida Everblades. The Cyclones haven’t seen either team from the Sunshine state since 2015.
-The Cyclones will take part in two “Kids Day Games”. One at home against Quad City on November 14th, and one on the road in Indy on February 20th. Both are set to start at 10:30am EST.
-Cincinnati will visit The Great White North for the first time ever as they’ll make their way to Brampton, Ontario on three occasions during the season
-March will be the busiest month for Cincinnati as they will play 15 times throughout the month
-Longest home-stand will occur in December with six consecutive games on home ice
-Not a lot of major travel next season. Only two real “major” trips with two games in Kansas City, Missouri and three in Estero, Florida.
-With not a lot of harsh travel deal with, they will however, have ten three-in-three sets

Indy Fuel – 10 times total (4 home, 6 away)
Fort Wayne Komets – 9 times total (5 home, 4 away)
Quad City Mallards – 9 times total (4 home, 5 away)
Toledo Walleye – 8 times total (4 home, 4 away)
Kalamazoo Wings – 7 times total (3 home, 4 away)
Wheeling Nailers – 6 times total (2 home, 4 away)
Kansas City Mavericks – 4 times total (2 home, 2 away)
Brampton Beast – 4 times total (1 home, 3 away)
Florida Everblades – 3 times total (0 home, 3 away)
Wichita Thunder – 2 times total (2 home, 0 away)
Tulsa Oilers – 2 times total (2 home, 0 away)
Orlando Solar Bears – 2 times total (2 home, 0 away)
Atlanta Gladiators – 2 times total (2 home, 0 away)
Reading Royals – 2 times total (1 home, 1 away)
South Carolina Stingrays – 1 time total (1 home, 0 away)
Adirondack Thunder – 1 time total (1 home, 0 away)

October – 4 games (1 home, 3 away)
November – 12 games (6 home, 6 away)
December – 14 games (8 home, 6 away)
January – 11 games (5 home, 6 away)
February – 13 games (7 home, 6 away)
March – 15 games (9 home, 6 away)
April – 3 games (0 home, 3 away)

Monday – 0 games
Tuesday – 4 games (4 home, 0 away)
Wednesday – 8 games (5 home, 3 away)
Thursday – 3 games (2 home, 1 away)
Friday – 23 games (11 home, 12 away)
Saturday – 24 games (10 home, 14 away)
Sunday – 10 games (3 home, 7 away)

Although the division alignment for next season has yet to be released, if you want to take a wild guess at what division Cincinnati will be in, here’s a division-by-division breakdown with the current alignment:

Central Division – 47 games (24 home, 23 away)
North Division – 13 games (5 home, 8 away)
South Division – 8 games (5 home, 3 away)
Mountain Division – 4 games (2 home, 2 away)

Yeah… at this point, I fully expect the Cyclones to move back to the Western Conference and into the Central Division.

Now that’s over, the next step in the process will occur on June 1st, when Protected Lists are due to the ECHL’s league offices.

You can view the full Cyclones schedule here.


  1. Glad to see the Cyclones will be back at the Marsh this year. I think Dakota is correct; in a rational world the Cyclones will be in the Central Division of the Western Conference.

  2. We are talking about the ECHL now. Cincy will stay in the South and Jacksonville will be in the Central or Mountain Division.


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