CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, announced today that they have agreed to terms with forwards Matt Pierce and Dan Eves for the 2011-12 season.
Pierce, a 26-year-old, Arnprior, Ontario native returns to the Cyclones for his third season of work. Despite playing in just 26 games last season due to an injury, the third-year forward collected 21 points (8g-13a) and 14 penalty minutes. In his rookie season in 2009-10, Pierce was one of the ECHL’s top first-year players; he led all Cincinnati rookies with 50 points (28g-22a) in 60 games, which also earned him a spot in the 2010 ECHL All-Star Classic. Additionally, the five-foot-eleven, 180-pounder added four assists in nine postseason contests helping the Cyclones capture the 2010 Kelly Cup title. Prior to going pro, Pierce was a four-year letter winner at Mercyhurst College; he posted 102 points (54g-48a) in 134 career college games.
Eves, a fourth-year pro, will don a Cincinnati jersey for the second consecutive year. After being acquired from South Carolina in a trade last February, the 25-year-old forward skated in 16 regular season games with the Cyclones and registered 13 points (4g-9a) with eight penalty minutes. He also played in two of the team’s three Kelly Cup Playoff contests but did not earn a tally. In all, Eves posted points in 12 of his final 17 games (including playoffs). Collectively as a pro, the Lake Orion, Mich. native has amassed 89 points (36g-53a) and 224 penalty minutes in 160 games. He played collegiately at Lake Superior State University from 2004-08 where he compiled 63 points (29g-34a) and 229 PIM in 105 career games.