Cyclones’ Skalde accepts coaching position with Norfolk

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, announced today that Jarrod Skalde has accepted an Assistant Coach position with the Norfolk Admirals in the American Hockey League.

Skalde, a 42-year-old Niagara Falls, Ontario native, helped lead the Cyclones to their first North Division title since 2009 this past season. The Cyclones’ 42-22-8 record resulted in 92 points, a 13-point improvement from 2011-12 as well as the third-most wins and second-most points they have earned since the club returned to the ECHL for the 2006-07 season. The 2012-13 campaign was also the earliest a Cyclones team had clinched a Division Title. On April 2, Skalde was named the 2012-13 ECHL Coach of the Year. Under his regime, Cincinnati saw 68 players earn AHL promotions resulting in nearly 900 games played in the American Hockey League.

“Jarrod has been an excellent asset to our organization,” said Cyclones President Ray Harris. “We’re very thankful for his three years of professionalism and tireless work ethic. I’m proud of the job he has done in Cincinnati and wish him the best of luck moving forward as he progresses to the next level of professional hockey.”

During his three-year tenure behind the bench in the Queen City, Skalde amassed a 110-79-27 regular season record (.572 winning percentage) and a 10-11 mark in the postseason. The former second-round draft pick earned his 100th Cyclones victory this past year when Cincinnati defeated the Fort Wayne Komets 3-1 on Feb. 22, 2013.