CINCINNATI, OH – With just under two weeks left until players report to the Queen City for training camp, the Cyclones made two final additions to the 2016-17 squad, adding defenseman Troy Vance, as well as forward Shawn O’Donnell.
The majority of O’Donnell’s career has been spent in the New York Rangers organization, primarily with the Hartford Wolf Pack in the AHL including pit stops with the Greenville Road Warriors/Swamp Rabbits in the ECHL. In 128 contests with the ‘Pack, O’Donnell totaled 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) as well as 208 penalty minutes.
In addition to seeing a little bit of time in Greenville, O’Donnell made his ECHL and professional debut with the Florida Everblades during the 2012-13 campaign. Skating in 17 career ECHL tilts between the Everblades and Road Warriors, he tallied 12 points (four goals, eight assists).
Prior to making his mark in professional hockey, the Halifax, NS native spent four seasons at St. Mary’s University. A letter wearer during his senior year earning the role of alternate captain, he accounted for 62 points (24 goals, 38 assists) in 103 collegiate appearances. During the 2012-2013 season, he tallied a career-high 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) in 28 games.
From the Cyclones Official Release: Head Coach Matt Macdonald on O’Donnell: “We are excited to welcome Shawn to the Queen City. He has played the last few seasons mostly in the AHL, and has contributed in many different ways. Shawn brings great character to our locker room and is a player who works extremely hard on and off the ice. He will be a player that will make an impact as a power forward and will compete every night for this organization.”
Also coming to Cincinnati, is d-man Troy Vance, who was a fifth round draft pick of the Dallas Stars in 2011. He spent last season overseas in the Finnish Elite League with Assat Pori. He ranked second on the team in scoring among defensemen, and fourth overall in assists totaling 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) in 59 appearances.
Before making the jump overseas last off-season, he spent his first full season of pro hockey in the ECHL, splitting time between the Idaho Steelheads and Missouri Mavericks. He also made his professional debut with the Elmira Jackals at the tail-end of the 2013-14 season. In 65 ECHL contests, Vance accounted for 13 points (four goals, nine assists).
Prior to turning pro, the Goshen, NY native spent four seasons in Canadian juniors in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, splitting time between Charlottetown Islanders, Prince Edward Island Rocket, and Victoriaville Tigres. In 206 QMJHL appearances, he was good for 84 points (17 goals, 67 assists) as well as 171 penalty minutes.
Macdonald on Vance: “Troy is a big defenseman who has developed a lot over the past two years and had a very successful season last year in Europe. He is a player who can play in both ends of the rink, and we see him being a solid piece to our defense group.”
With 15 total signings to conclude the off-season, all that’s left before Cincinnati has a completed roster is to now play the waiting game and see who will be sent down from the Milwaukee Admirals in a couple weeks.
Here’s where the roster stands as of now. Some of them have already picked the number they want. Memorize them. Learn them.
Forwards (8): Jordan Sims, Dominic Zombo, Shawn O’Donnel, #9 Zach Schroeder, #17 Kenny Ryan, #32 Peter LeBlanc, #37 Seth Ambroz, and #40 Nick Huard
Defensemen (5): Troy Vance, #5 Eric Knodel, #6 Arvin Atwal, #24 Craig Dalrymple, and #27 Sam Posa
Goalies (2): #1 Steve Racine, and #33 Joel Rumpel