CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Cyclones announced that the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League have assigned left wing Jimmy Bonneau and center Cory Urquhart to the team.
The Cyclones are the ECHL affiliate of the Canadiens of the NHL and Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.
Selected in the eighth round (241st overall) by the Canadiens in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the 21-year-old Bonneau had six points (1g-5a) and 137 penalty minutes in 65 games for Long Beach as a rookie in 2005-06.
Selected in the second round (40th overall) by the Canadiens in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the 22-year-old Urquhart had 52 points (26g-26a) and 42 penalty minutes in 67 regular season games for Long Beach and four goals and eight penalty minutes in seven Kelly Cup Playoff games for the Ice Dogs in 2005-06 while also playing two games in the AHL with Hamilton where he had one assist and two penalty minutes.
Hockey will make its return to U.S. Bank Arena for the first time since Mar. 26, 2004 when the Cincinnati Cyclones host the Pensacola Ice Pilots on Oct. 20. The Cyclones requested and were granted a Voluntary Suspension by the ECHL for the 2004-05 and the 2005-06 seasons. Cincinnati reached the Kelly Cup Playoffs two of its three seasons from 2001-04, including losing in Game 7 of the Northern Conference Finals to Kelly Cup champion Atlantic City in 2003.