CINCINNATI, OH – After re-signing forwards Shane Walsh and Dominic Zombo over the past two weeks, the Cincinnati Cyclones have already matched their number of returning players from last summer with the addition of forward Dylan Nowakowski on Wednesday afternoon.

Nowakowski is proof that hard works does indeed pay off. He attended the Cyclones training camp on a tryout agreement in early October, didn’t make the opening night roster due to numbers from the AHL, and went back to the Southern Professional Hockey League with the Huntsville Havoc. While in Huntsville for the first portion of the 2016-17 campaign, he put up solid numbers, accounting for 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists) and was among SPHL leaders at the time. In January, Cincinnati was hurting injury wise and needed some assistance, and Nowakowski was called upon to fill the role, which he did exponentially. While on his call-up in Cincinnati, he showed he can be an asset at this level, putting up eight points (five goals, three assists) in 28 ECHL contests. He also had the highest plus/minus on the team with a plus-eight.

“We are very happy to have Dylan back for the 2017-18 season,” said Cyclones Head Coach Matt Macdonald in a press release. “He had a big impact for us last season, and proved that he can play and contribute at this level after joining the Cyclones in January. We look forward to him being a key piece to our puzzle this year.”

Prior to turning pro, the Calgary, Alberta native spent four collegiate seasons at St. Scholastica College in the NCHA. During his time there, he put up 119 points (40 goals, 79 assists) in 110 collegiate appearances. He also saw some time in the British Columbia Hockey League before heading off to College for the 2012-13 season. Splitting time between the Victoria Grizzlies and Alberni Valley Bulldogs, Nowakowski notched 90 points (37 goals, 53 assists) in 124 junior appearances.

“The Cyclones are a Class A organization, and I am thrilled to be a part of it,” remarked Nowakowski. “The city, staff, and fans are extraordinary, and I can’t wait for the season to start.”

This will be seen as an “under the radar” signing by many, but it isn’t one to be taken lightly. Nowakowski was brought back for a reason, his hard work. He’s not the biggest guy in the world but I never saw him take one shift off. With him, it was 110% effort, 100% of the time, and that earned him a full on ECHL deal for the 2017-18 campaign. It’ll be exciting to see how he does with a full ECHL slate.

Here are some of the highlights from his time in Cincinnati last season that got him to this point:

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