CINCINNATI, OH – With just hours before the puck drops on the 2017 preseason, the Cincinnati Cyclones got another big boost up front with the announcement that veteran forward Justin Vaive has re-joined the Cyclones after being released from his tryout agreement with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals.
Vaive was signed to play with the Cyclones during the 2016-17 campaign, however was called up by the Rochester Americans and spent the remainder of the season up there. In 66 contests with Rochester, he accounted for nine points (three goals, six assists). He has seen action in 60 ECHL games between Cincinnati and the formerly Greenville Road Warriors. He has put up 40 points (18 goals, 22 assists) during that time.
He has played 274 contests in the AHL between Rochester, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and the San Antonio Rampage. Vaive has totaled 67 AHL points, which are good for 31 goals and 36 assists.
Vaive is a graduate of nearby Miami (OH) University. In 160 NCAA appearances, he has put up 46 points (23 goals, 23 assists).
In another separate transaction, the Cyclones have also signed rookie forward Ray Pigozzi to a professional tryout agreement. Pigozzi is coming off of a four-year collegiate career at UMass (Amherst). In 124 NCAA appearances, he accounted for 82 points (25 goals, 57 assists). He led the club in assists during his junior year as well as was tied for the club lead in points overall during the same year. During his college days, he was also teammates with current Cyclones forward Shane Walsh as well as former Cyclone Branden Gracel.
The Cyclones have also released forward Shane Heffernan as well as defenseman Cory Melkert from their tryout agreements. Melkert will report to the Evansville ThunderBolts in the Southern Professional Hockey League. Forward Dylan Denomme and goaltender Davis Jones were both released from their contracts as well.