CINCINNATI, OH – Player Signing Wednesday has returned. The moment you’ve all been waiting for has arrived, and the Cincinnati Cyclones have rolled out their first official player signing of the off-season with the addition of forward Shane Walsh, who is now entering his second full season of professional hockey.
Acquired in an early season trade with the Utah Grizzlies, Walsh came to Cincinnati and made an immediate impact on the offensive side of things, picking up where the team really struggled early on in the campaign. Between Utah and Cincinnati, Walsh appeared in 71 contests, accounting for 45 points (19 goals, 26 assists). When you throw pucks on net, good things happen, and he wasn’t afraid of tossing rubber at the opposing goaltender as he ranked third among rookies in the ECHL during the 2016-17 season in shots on goal with 208.
“We are very excited to have Shane back for the upcoming season,” remarked Cyclones Head Coach Matt Macdonald in a press release. “He brought tremendous offensive ability and a high work ethic last season, and we are looking forward to him having a big impact for us in 2017-18.”
Prior to turning pro, the West Roxbury, MA native played four collegiate seasons with UMass-Amherst, racking up 67 points (36 goals, 31 assists) in 133 contests. Walsh was the team’s leading point scorer during his senior campaign.
Walsh was one of the eight players to receive qualifying offers from the Cyclones back on July 3rd, and this is a good first step towards creating the 2017-18 Cincinnati Cyclones. His rookie season was solid as he came to Cincinnati and really just “clicked”. Last summer, he was invited to take part in the Nashville Predators Development Camp, and that’s where Macdonald first got to see him play, then ultimately made a trade for him later down the road, which looks to have worked out in Cincinnati’s favor so far.
Tis’ just the beginning as we’ve got plenty more Wednesday signings and three more months of summer to go through before we finally get to drop the puck in October.