CINCINNATI, OH – The Cincinnati Cyclones continued to address the forward core of their line-up by adding their seventh forward out of eight total signings that have been announced thus far. Forward Brandon McNally has re-signed for his third year of professional hockey and second year in the Queen City.
Acquired in a trade last November with the Utah Grizzlies, McNally made an immediate impact in Cincinnati by bringing a good mix of physicality and offense to the lineup. Between Cincinnati and Utah, he was a top-ten player in penalty minutes during the 2016-17 campaign, racking up 188 penalty minutes in 66 games, and 140 of those minutes were served in a Cyclones sweater. In 51 games with Cincinnati, he accounted for 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists). Prior to being traded, he also totaled seven points (three goals, four assists) in 15 contests with the Grizzlies. While in Utah, he also saw two games in the AHL with the San Diego Gulls.
“We are very happy to announce another returner in Brandon McNally this season,” said Cyclones Head Coach Matt Macdonald in a press release. “ Brandon was an impact player immediately for our team last year and we are expecting him to continue to grow and contribute this season. He brings a lot to our lineup with his skill, grit, and high-end character that was shown both on the ice and in the locker room last season.”
During his rookie year back in 2015-16, he spent a majority of the year with the St. John’s IceCaps in the American Hockey League. In 48 AHL appearances with St. John’s, McNally totaled 13 points (seven goals, six assists) with 33 penalty minutes. He also appeared in a small sample of seven ECHL contests with the Brampton Beast, recording just one assist and 28 penalty minutes.
Prior to turning pro, McNally was a four-year letter wearer at Dartmouth College in the NCAA. His biggest offensive output came during his Junior year scoring 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in 32 games. His Junior year was also his biggest penalty minute wise as well with 87. Overall, in 105 collegiate appearances, he put up 65 points (31 goals, 34 assists) and 196 penalty minutes. At the tail-end of his collegiate career, he made his professional debut, appearing in 11 games with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, accounting for three points (two goals, one assist).
“Cincinnati is a great place to play. The community has been so supportive and it’s an honor to play in front of fans who also care about us as people,” remarked McNally. “Every year there is something to prove, and I’m excited to get back to Cincy with old teammates and new to get the season started.”
McNally’s highlight reel from the 2016-17 season can be found below:
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