CINCINNATI, OH – For the second consecutive summer, the Cincinnati Cyclones will be searching for a new Assistant Coach. It was announced this morning that Patrick Wellar has deported the organization to accept a similar position with the Reading Royals.
Wellar leavs one Macdonald for another MacDonald as he joins Kirk MacDonald‘s coaching staff in Reading after serving as Matt Macdonald‘s assistant for one season in Cincinnati. Kirk and Wellar were teammates in Reading and won a Kelly Cup together in 2013 with the Royals, so it would appear Reading is “trying to get the band back together”.
Link to Reading’s press release can be found here.
Won’t lie, this loss hurts the Cyclones in more ways than one. I can’t say enough good things about Patrick Wellar and how much he brought to the Cyclones last season, despite missing the playoffs. Cincinnati’s drastic improvement defensively throughout the course of the 2016-17 season speaks volumes of Wellar’s coaching. A young coach that is eager to learn and wants the best for every single one of his players; I have no doubts he’s going to have the same effect in Reading. Patrick is a great coach and an even better person. Reading has the right guy in their corner.
“I will miss Cincinnati a lot! I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be closer to family with an organization I have history with. I wish you all the best.” Wellar stated with his parting words.
This also creates a couple questions roster wise. Notable additions like Eric Knodel and Daniel Johnston were both Wellar recruits and now whether or not they stick around in Cincinnati, or follow Patrick to Reading is now in question.
With the loss behind the bench, however the off-season will continue as the ECHL’s deadline for future consideration deals was today. The Cyclones had one trade to complete, and that was the trade deadline deal that sent Peter LeBlanc to Manchester. However, the trade was washed out and voided upon agreement by both coaches due to “unmet conditions”. As to what those conditions were, your guess is as good as mine. So, the Monarchs will not be sending anybody in return to Cincinnati.
Season Ending Rosters are due to the ECHL league offices by 3pm EST on Thursday afternoon, with Friday being the first day teams are permitted to begin signing players for the 2017-18 campaign.