CINCINNATI, OH – The 2016-2017 Cincinnati Cyclones preseason roster grew to five Wednesday afternoon with the additions of rookie forward Zach Schroeder (Sh-RAY-der) as well as rookie defenseman Craig Dalrymple (Dal-rem-pull).
Dalrymple, a native of Kippen, ONT, enjoyed a successful four-year collegiate career just two hours northeast of Cincinnati at the Ohio State University. He tallied 34 assists and 43 points in 118 appearances as a Buckeye throughout the course of those four seasons. His senior year, he was named team captain, and as well was voted “Rookie of the Year” in 2013 by his teammates. Dalrymple left Ohio State a three-time an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All Big-Ten choice.
From the Cyclones’ official release, head coach Matt Macdonald stated: “Craig is coming out of Ohio State University where he developed in all areas of his game. He is a big defensemen at 6’5” and was able to contribute in both ends of the rink. He was also a leader and brings a high character level for a young professional.”
These signings also brings a bit of family royalty to the Cyclones as Schroeder is the brother of Minnesota Wild forward and former first-round NHL Draft pick, Jordan Schroeder. Before turning pro, Schroeder spent five seasons at RPI, accumulating 55 points in 151 appearances.
Before his time at RPI, the Prior Lake, Minnesota, native spent two seasons at St. Thomas Academy, where he helped the team win Minnesota State Championships in 2008 and 2010. Totaling 103 points in 50 games at St. Thomas, Schroeder was named team captain his senior year, as well as winning All-State and All-Conference honors.
Macdonald on Schroeder: “Zach is a player that brings a high level of compete with him. He was used in many different rolls in University and is very versatile through out the line up.”