CINCINNATI, OH – The Cincinnati Cyclones made their 12th addition to the 2016-17 roster today with the addition of a familiar face in gritty forward, Seth Ambroz. He is just the second player returning to the Cyclones this season from last season next to Nick Huard. This will be Ambroz’s second full season of professional hockey.
The 2011 5th round draft pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets made his professional debut during the late stages of the 2014-2015 campaign, skating in four AHL contests with the Springfield Falcons.
Entering his first full season as a professional last season, Ambroz spent the bulk of the season in Cincinnati in the ECHL while having enough time for a cup of coffee in the AHL with the Cleveland Monsters. During the 2015-16 season with Cincinnati, he accumulated for ten points (four goals, six assists) in 58 appearances as well as 98 penalty minutes. He appeared in three Kelly Cup playoff games last year and totaled 12 penalty minutes. While the Blue Jackets organization was in the middle of their injuries galore extravaganza, Ambroz was able to skate in three AHL games with the Monsters.
Before turning pro, the New Prague, MN, native played four years of collegiate hockey at the University of Minnesota, where he was teammates with a pair of former Cyclones in Zach Budish and Tom Serratore (I know I just pulled a Pierre McGuire and I regret absolutely nothing).
In 159 collegiate appearances, he tallied 70 points (40 goals, 30 assists), while also serving as an alternate captain his senior year. His on-ice contributions to the Gophers include helping lead them to NCAA Tournament births in each of his four seasons as well as helping them win the Big Ten title and a trip to the NCAA Championship Game where they ultimately fell to Union College during his junior year.
Prior to heading to college, he played three seasons of junior hockey in the United States Hockey League with the Omaha Lancers from 2009-2011. In 172 games a Lancer, he contributed 126 points (60 goals, 66 assists) as well as racking up 295 penalty minutes, including a career high 118 penalty minutes during the 2009-2010 season.
From the Cyclones Official Release: Head Coach Matt Macdonald stated “Seth is a big power forward who brings a high level of energy and character to the team. He was a player that we used in many different situations last season, and he has a lot of potential entering his second year of pro hockey. Seth will play a physical, honest game and will contribute in many areas.”
The Cyclones roster now sits at 12. Here is a recap of the roster so far:
Goalies: Joel Rumpel & Steve Racine
Defensemen: Arvin Atwal, Craig Dalrymple, Eric Knodel, & Sam Posa
Forwards: Jordan Sims, Dominic Zombo, Zach Schroeder, Nick Huard, Kenny Ryan, & Seth Ambroz
While on the subject of players coming to Cincinnati, we also have an update on the ridiculous amount of turnover the Cyclones have experienced this off-season with those who are departing from the organization and have either signed overseas, or with other teams in the ECHL.
Those players and their next destinations include:
(D) Dax Lauwers – Alaska Aces (ECHL)
(D) Riley Weselowski – Rapid City Rush (ECHL)
(G) Andy Iles – Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
(D) Jason Binkley – Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL)
(D) Steve Weinstein – South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL)
(F) Levko Koper – Charlotte Checkers (AHL)
(F) Branden Gracel – ESV Kaufbeuren (Germany)
(F) Brett Ferguson – Gap (France)
(D) Cody Carlson – Braehead Clan (Scottland)
(F) Jack Downing – EC Kassel Huskies (Germany)
(D) Brett Wysopal – EC Kassel Huskies (Germany)
(F) Colin Mulvey – EV Lindau (Germany)
(F) Peter Quenneville – Aalborg Pirates (Denmark)
(D) Andrew Blazek – Aalborg Pirates (Denmark)
(F) Andrew Yogan – HC Bolzano (Austria)
(F) Zach Budish – Jukurit (Finland)