CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones, in conjunction with the NHL’s Nashville Predators, have announced that the two organizations have extended their affiliation agreement, making the Cyclones the official ECHL affiliate of the NHL club.
"We look forward to continuing to work with such a class organization that creates a winning environment for our players to develop," Predators Assistant General Manager Paul Fenton said. "Led by President Ray Harris, the Cyclones have been a model of consistency the past eight seasons and have been critical to the success of the Milwaukee Admirals and the Nashville Predators."
The Cyclones have served as the ECHL affiliate of Nashville since 2007-08. In that time, Cincinnati has reached the ECHL postseason seven times, claiming Kelly Cup championships in 2008 and 2010, and reaching a third Kelly Cup Finals in 2014. The Predators have participated in the Stanley Cup Playoffs five times during that span, finishing second in the Central Division in four of those five playoff seasons.
"We are excited to extend our relationship with the Nashville Predators," said Cyclones General Manager Kristin Ropp . "They are a staunch supporter of our program and a solid support system for our coaches. "
Seven Nashville prospects suited up for the Cyclones last season alone, while six players with Cyclones experience have seen time with the Predators since the affiliation agreement began.