Cyclones welcome rookie Schmidt

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones have signed forward/defenseman Ben Schmidt for the 2015-16 season. The Campbell River, British Columbia native spent the last five seasons at the University of British Columbia.

The Cyclones are the ECHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League and the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.

A leader both on and off the ice for the Thunderbirds, the 26-year-old, three-year captain appeared in 139 games during his collegiate career, accounting for 60 points (14g-46a). The 6’2", 195-pounder eclipsed double-digit points in three of his five seasons, establishing career-highs in goals during his first season, and assists during his fourth.

Prior to his is time at the University of British Columbia, Schmidt enjoyed a solid junior hockey career with the Nanaimo Clippers and Powell River Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League, totaling 56 points (26g-30a) in 173 games.