CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Cyclones announced that they have reached an affiliation agreement with the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League and the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.
The Cyclones will continue to be the ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL and the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL.
“Playing in a city with a strong hockey history, we think our players will be able to develop as professionals and experience a winning environment under Chuck Weber,” said Mike Santos, Director of Hockey Operations for the Predators. “We are confident that those Cyclones who are called upon will contribute consistently to the success of the Milwaukee Admirals. The Predators are excited to add Cincinnati to our developmental system.”
“The Nashville Predators are a solid team that has become one of the premier teams in the Western Conference,” Cyclones Head Coach Chuck Weber said. “There is a core of young players that want to develop their talent and graduate to the next level. We are anxious to welcome them and get them started in that direction.”
The ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League, marking the 11th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
The ECHL has affiliations with 24 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey League in 2006-07 and for the past 17 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup champion.
In each of the last two seasons there have been more than 225 players who have played in both the ECHL and the AHL and there were over 800 call-ups involving more than 500 players.
In the last five seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 2,000 call-ups involving more than 1,000 players since 2002-03.