CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, announced that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Chris Reed and goaltender Joe Howe for the 2014-15 season.
Reed, a Solon, Ohio native, returns to Cincinnati for the fourth consecutive season. A year ago, the six-foot-one-inch defenseman collected 12 assists and an ECHL sixth-best +24 rating in 58 regular-season games. The 27-year-old added eight assists in 24 Kelly Cup Playoff contests. Over the course of his tenure in Cincinnati, Reed has amassed a +52 plus-minus rating along with 36 points (2g-34a) in 150 games. The former Ohio State Buckeye has also seen some brief time in the AHL, skating in a total of eight games with the Springfield Falcons, Houston Aeros and Lake Erie Monsters.
Howe, a 24-year-old, looks to improve upon an impressive start to his pro career. With the Cyclones in 2013-14, the Plymouth, Minn. native finished with a 10-3-4 record and a 2.78 goals-against average. His first pro shutout came on Dec. 29 vs. Elmira, which was also his first ECHL victory. Prior to joining the Cyclones, Howe appeared in seven games with the Missouri Mavericks of the Central Hockey League earning a 3-2-1 mark and a 2.52 goals-against average. He was a four-year letter winner and three-time WCHA All-Academic Team member at Colorado College, compiling a 54-50-10 record along with a 2.97 goals-against average.