Cyclones add pair of rookie forwards

Cincinnati Cyclones, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, announced today that they have agreed to terms with forwards Ryan Harrison and Chris Zaires for the 2013-14 season.

Harrison, a 21-year-old Kelowna, British Columbia native, comes to Cincinnati after a five-year amateur career in the Western Hockey League. He collectively logged 325 games with the Price Albert Raiders, Medicine Hat Tigers and Everett Silvertips. A year ago, the five-foot-ten-inch, 185-pound forward notched 32 points (10g-22a) in 51 games with the Silvertips. In 2008-09, he helped the Canada Pacific Under-17 team to the Silver Medal at the World Hockey Challenge.

Zaires, a 24-year-old, will begin his first full season as a professional with the Cyclones. Last spring, the Aberdeen, N.J. native made his pro debut with the Trenton Titans after completing a four-year career at Brown University. During his collegiate days, Zaires amassed a total of 74 points (28g-46a) in 127 games. During his senior campaign, he was an alternate captain for the Bears.