NHL veteran Cassels joins Cyclones as assistant coach
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, announced today that 16-year NHL veteran forward Andrew Cassels has been named the team’s Assistant Coach for the 2011-12 season – replacing Scott Fankhouser.
Cassels, a 41-year-old Bramalea, Ontario native joins the Cyclones staff with a tremendous hockey pedigree. The 17th overall selection in the 1987 NHL draft went onto skate in more than 1000 NHL games over his decade-and-a-half career. During that span, he collectively posted 732 points (204g-528a) and 410 penalty minutes as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Washington Capitals. In seven of his 16 seasons at hockey’s highest level, Cassels led his team in assists.
In 1996-97, Cassels was a member of the final Hartford Whalers team before they relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina. He is also the only known player to have scored two separate goals where a puck ricocheted off of his face and into the net. His hockey prowess has taken him to the international stage, where he earned a silver medal with Team Canada in the 1996 World Championships.