Cincinnati, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones, ECHL affiliate of the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans and the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres, have signed forward Winston Day Chief to a contract for the 2017-18 season.
A native of Standoff, Alberta, Day Chief appeared in 13 games for MAC Budapest of the Erste Liga last season, accounting for 16 points (5g-11a) along with a +13 rating in that time.
The rest of his playing career has been spent with the Rapid City Rush, where he totaled 149 points (63g-86a) in 202 career games. His best season offensively came in 2013-14 where he amassed 54 points (26g-28a) in 58 games. Day Chief played a major leadership role with Rapid City, as well, serving as team captain in 2015-16 and alternate captain in 2014-15.
Prior to turning pro in 2012, Day Chief enjoyed a successful collegiate career between the University of Lethbridge and the University of Alaska-Anchorage. In 95 total games between the Horns and Seawolves, Day Chief totaled 68 points (27g-41a) along with 92 penalty minutes. He played his junior hockey for the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the British Columbia Hockey League where he accounted for 117 points (51g-66a) in 119 games from 2005-07.