CINCINNATI, OH – Players report to Cincinnati for training camp in under 48 hours, and the Cincinnati Cyclones made one more addition to their preseason roster with the signing of veteran forward, Jesse Schultz. At this point in time, he is the only veteran on the roster.
Schultz began this season in Slovakia with HC Nove Zamky, appearing in five games and notching one assist. He returns to North America for the first time since the 2014-15 season, as he’s spent each of the previous two campaigns across the pond seeing time in Italy, England, and Germany.
His last stint in the states came in the form of spending parts of four seasons with the Rapid City Rush in both the now-defunct Central Hockey League, as well as the organization’s first season in the ECHL. In 164 CHL appearances with Rapid City, he totaled 198 points (65 goals, 133 assists). After the club’s move over to the ECHL, he accounted for 77 points (34 goals, 33 assists) in 70 games. Schultz led the Rush in scoring on two occasions, and finished top three in the category in three of his four seasons in the black hills. While in Rapid City, he was also teammates and co-captains with current Cyclones forward, Winston Day Chief.
Before the Rush, his only other ECHL experience came way back during his rookie year of 2003-04 with the long, long lost Columbia Inferno. In 52 contests with Columbia, as a rookie, he potted 48 points, good for 27 goals and 21 assists.
Schultz’s first six seasons of professional hockey from 2003-2009 were primarily spent in the American Hockey League. During that time frame, he logged time with the Manitoba Moose, Chicago Wolves, and Houston Aeros. In 375 AHL contests, he scored 252 points, totaling 112 goals and 140 assists. His highest offensive production in the NHL’s top developmental league came during the 2005-06 season in Manitoba where he put up 67 points (37 goals, 30 assists), leading the Moose in goals and points overall.
He also made his National Hockey League debut during the 2006-07 campaign, appearing in two contests with the Vancouver Canucks.
His junior years were spent from 1999-2003, splitting time in the Western Hockey League, one of Canada’s three major junior leagues, between the Tri-City Americans, Prince Albert Raiders, and Kelowna Rockets. In 279 combined junior hockey contests, Schultz put totaled 229 points, adding up to 110 goals and 119 assists. His highest offensive performance in juniors came during the 2002-03 season in Kelowna. He racked up 104 points (53 goals, 51 assists) in 72 games.
In case you’re wondering about the offensive presence he brings to the Cyclones, his snipe game is pretty strong.
EDIT: In addition to Schultz, the Cyclones have also added rookie defenseman Jordan Henderson to the training camp roster.
Henderson comes to Cincinnati after spending the last three years in juniors up in Canada
in the WHL, splitting time between the Medicine Hat Tigers, Saskatoon Blades, and Spokane Chiefs. In 158 WHL contests, he accounted for 36 points (seven goals, 29 assists).
Henderson is current WHL property of the Kootenay Ice, so should he not make the opening night roster in Cincinnati, he’d likely return to juniors this season.