CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, announced today that forwards Mike Embach and Blake Gallagher have agreed to terms with the club for the 2012-13 season.
Embach, a second-year pro, comes to Cincinnati after a strong rookie year with the Chicago Express. In 2011-12, the 24-year-old finished eighth on the team in scoring with 26 points (13g-13a) in 60 games. An Orland Park, Ill. native, Embach played his collegiate hockey at Ferris State University, where he amassed 58 points (27g-31a) in 132 career games. During his senior season, he led the NCAA in shorthanded goals (5). Following school, Embach made his professional debut in the spring of 2010, when he logged five games with the Texas Stars (AHL) and accumulated four penalty minutes.
Gallagher, a 24-year-old Cole Harbor, Nova Scotia native, will return to North American hockey this fall for a third professional season after spending the 2011-12 campaign in France playing with Strasbourg. While overseas, he logged 26 games and finished tied for third on the team in scoring with 23 points (12g-11a) and 41 penalty minutes. A year prior, in 2010-11, Gallagher made his professional debut with the Las Vegas Wranglers, skating in 61 games and notching 29 points (12g-17a) during that span. He also added a pair of assists in five Kelly Cup Playoff contests. Prior to going pro, he was a four year letter winner at Cornell University, appearing in 103 games and finishing with 100 points (33g-67a) which tied him for 46th best on the school’s all-time scoring list. During his senior season, he led Cornell with 18 goals and added 19 assists to lead the team in scoring – helping the Big Red earn an ECAC Championship.