CINCINNATI, OH – The 2017-18 Cincinnati Cyclones grew to two on Wednesday afternoon. Another returner from last season’s squad, joining Shane Walsh, Dominic Zombo has re-signed for his second season in Cincinnati.
Entering his third season of professional hockey, Zombo has spent the entirety of his pro career thus far in the state of Ohio. His rookie campaign back during the 2015-16 season was spent in the Northwestern parts of the state with Toledo Walleye. During his freshman year, he racked up 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) in 69 appearances with Toledo before heading south to Cincinnati for the 2016-17 campaign. He posted similar numbers in a Cyclones sweater, notching 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) in 63 contests. While in Toledo, he helped the Walleye to a first place finish in the Eastern Conference during the regular season.
“We are happy to announce the return of Dominic Zombo for next season- a solid piece of our offensive group last year,” said Head Coach Matt Macdonald in a press release. “Dominic is a versatile player who we used in many different positions, and was solid everywhere we had him play. He brings great character back to our team and a high level of compete and professionalism in our room.”
Prior to turning pro, the Ballwin, MO native spent four seasons at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and served as a letter wearer for all four seasons while serving as captain during his senior campaign. In 137 collegiate contests, he accounted for 86 points (36 goals, 50 assists). Before his time as a Maverick, he played three seasons in the top junior league in the United States in the United States Hockey League with the Sioux Falls Stampede. In 111 junior appearances, he totaled 57 points (28 goals, 29 assists).
“I’m really excited to be heading back to Cincinnati,” commented Zombo. “The Cyclones are consistently one of the best organizations in the League, from the great coaching and support staff to the city of Cincinnati as a whole. I can’t wait to get the season started.”
Zombo’s re-signing came as a bit of a surprise for me as honestly, he was among the names I didn’t expect to see back. He’s a smaller guy with a lot of speed that has a ton of potential and his versatility can be a game changer, however, was inconsistent last year. Granted, the team as a whole, was inconsistent but Zombo had flashes of greatness but also had flashes of not so greatness. And the flashes of not so greatness came more often. Luckily, there is room for improvement and he could very well be a pleasant surprise this season so he’ll be one of the players to watch closely to see how he improved over the off-season.
Those bright spots of Zombo’s season were pretty neat though. Here’s a glimpse at some of his best moments, courtesy of the Cyclones Twitter account.
— Cincinnati Cyclones (@CincyCyclones) July 19, 2017