CINCINNATI, OH – After losing Joel Rumpel to the Wichita Thunder for the upcoming season, the Cincinnati Cyclones have inked goaltender Anthony Peters for the 2017-18 season to fill the void between the pipes. Anthony has some NHL royalty to his name as his older brother is longtime NHL netminder, Justin Peters, who spent eight seasons in the Carolina Hurricanes organization as well as some time with the Washington Capitals and Arizona Coyotes.
Despite being on an AHL contract with the Charlotte Checkers during the 2016-17 season, Peters spent the entirety of the campaign in the ECHL with the Florida Everblades, appearing in 52 of Florida’s 72 regular season games. He posted a 31-16-1 regular season record with a goals against average of 3.11 and a save percentage of 0.895 while leading all ECHL goalies during the regular season in minutes played on the ice with 2,970. He helped the Everblades to the regular season South Division crown and backstopped them to the second round of the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs, where they ultimately fell to South Carolina in five games.
“Cincinnati is excited to announce the signing of Anthony Peters. He has proven in the past two years that he is a high-end goalie in this league and can carry a heavy workload,” said Cyclones Head Coach Matt Macdonald said in a press release. “His character and work ethic are highly regarded, and in talking to him we know he is willing to do what it takes to be successful.”
Peters made his professional debut at that tail-end of the 2014-15 campaign, where he enjoy the transition into the professional ranks with a shutout victory over the then Greenville Road Warriors. His best season statistically in his career so far was two seasons ago, when he appeared in 42 games with the Everblades and posted a 2.20 GAA along with a 0.920 SV%. His efforts earned him the title as Florida’s team MVP that year. The third-year netminder has appeared in 100 ECHL games over the course of his career and has amassed a 60-31-2, good for a 2.64 GAA, 0.908 SV%, and six shutouts. Peters has also seen time in the American Hockey League with eight AHL games under his belt between the Charlotte Checkers, and the Cyclones current affiliate in the Rochester Americans.
“I have heard a lot of great things about the organization, management, and city of Cincinnati and I am really excited for this opportunity,” remarked Peters. “There is a tradition of winning in Cincinnati, and as a player I want to be in an environment like that.”
There is a Cincinnati connection here beforehand. Here’s your “Thanks, Pierre” moment of the day as Peters actually attended St. Mary’s University along with Shawn O’Donnell, who was an alternate captain for the Cyclones last season and received a qualifying offer from the club in June.
This makes the goaltending situation interesting as it’s important to remember that are likely two goaltenders coming down from Rochester in the form of Jonas Johansson and Jason Kasdorf. This is important because with Peters in the picture now, he’ll more than likely be thrown into the same position Rumpel was last year by being the lone ECHL contracted goalie next to two AHL contracted netminders. Rumpel only played in nine games because of this. NINE. He was a trooper the entire way and stuck around instead of bailing for Europe midway through the season. This is something that can’t be chanced again and hopefully the lesson was learned and a repeat of what Rumpel went through doesn’t happen again because let’s be honest, the way the goaltending situation was handled last year was abysmal.
To end on a brighter note, Peters can be a bit feisty too.