CINCINNATI, OH – ECHL training camps open in just under two weeks, and the Cincinnati Cyclones continue to add to their preseason roster as the off-season winds down. The 2017-18 roster increased to 14 on Wednesday afternoon with the announcement that forward Rob De Fulviis would be returning to the Queen City, as well as rookie netminder Davis Jones will be joining for his first full season of professional hockey.
De Fulviis returns for his second season with the Cyclones after his rookie campaign was cut short due to injury. He only appeared in 26 games, and totaled three points, which was good for one goal, and two assists as well as 36 penalty minutes.
“We are happy to announce the return of Rob De Fulviis for this season,” said Cyclones Head Coach Matt Macdonald in a press release. “He is a great character person on and off the ice and brings a lot of energy to our line-up. He was effective with us last season in the role that he played and we hope he will continue to grow as a player in his second pro season.”
He made his professional debut during the 2015-16 season, appearing in five ECHL contests between the Wheeling Nailers and Indy Fuel. Prior to turning pro, he spent a three-year collegiate career at the University of Guelph, where he was teammates with former Cyclone, Nick Huard. In 78 collegiate games, he scored 61 points (28 goals, 31 assists) and racked up 176 penalty minutes. De Fulviis also spent two years in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League between the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and the Rimouski Oceanic. In 108 QMJHL appearances, he accounted for 48 points (24 goals, 24 assists) and 198 penalty minutes.
“I can’t wait to play in front of the best fans in the League for a second year,” remarked De Fulviis. “I’m excited to continue getting better and improve my game every day, and am looking forward to being a part of something special this year.”
Jones comes to Cincinnati after signing an Amateur Tryout (ATO) with the now-defunct Alaska Aces at the tail-end of last season.
“Davis comes to us highly recommended. He is an extremely hard working goalie that brings the same work ethic every day,” commented Macdonald. “He has had solid collegiate numbers and we are excited to see it translate to the pro level.”
Jones had a very successful collegiate career at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in the NCAA, where he was teammates with a pair of former Cyclones in Michael Quinn and Garrick Perry. He appeared in 67 contests, and his best season up in the great white north came during his senior campaign. In 20 games, he finished with a 2.72 goals against average and a 0.912 save percentage.
“I’m excited to play in a city where I’ve heard such great things about the fans and atmosphere in the rink,” said Jones. “I’m looking forward to battling with my teammates and continuing to build a winning culture with the Cyclones.”
De Fulviis was in the same situation Arvin Atwal was in last season. Both missed the entire second half of the season with injuries, and when it came down to crunch time, those were two physical bodies whose presence was sorely missed. With Brandon McNally, Atwal, and now De Fulviis all back in the fold, that is some much needed toughness coming back.
Jones is an interesting add that makes the current goaltending situation all the more interesting. The way Buffalo’s current depth situation is when it comes to the men between the pipes is with six goalies in the system, the Cyclones are more than likely going to receive two netminders from Rochester in the form of Jonas Johansson and Jason Kasdorf. With Anthony Peters under ECHL contract with the Cylones, Jones could very well be the odd-man out once Rochester’s camp concludes and Johansson and Kasdorf are both officially assigned.
Rochester’s camp opens on Monday, so it’s only a matter of time before we get a complete picture of what this team is going to look like.