Canadiens Assign Rookie Desjardins To Cincinnati

CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Cyclones announced that they have been assigned rookie goaltender Cedric Desjardins by the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League.

The Cyclones are the ECHL affiliate of the Canadiens of the NHL and the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

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.

The 21-year-old has played each of the last four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he was 67-47-4 with seven shutouts, a goals-against average of 3.51 and a save percentage of .901 in 128 regular season games with Rimouski and Quebec from 2002-06.

Under contract to Montreal, Desjardins helped Quebec win the Memorial Cup in 2005-06 and was 28-10-0 with five shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.95 and a save percentage of .906 in 41 regular season games.

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