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Vaive, Schultz return to Cyclones

Action photos of Justin Vaive and Jesse Schultz

Cincinnati, Ohio -  The Cincinnati Cyclones have re-signed captain and player/assistant coach Justin Vaive, along with 2019 ECHL Most Valuable Player Jesse Schultz, to contracts for the 2021-22 ECHL season.

Vaive returns to the Cincinnati for his seventh season in a Cyclones’ jersey, and his fourth while serving as either captain or an alternate captain. He spent the 2020-21 season with Fort Wayne, capturing a Kelly Cup with the Komets while posting six points in 13 playoff games and 18 points in 47 regular-season contests.

The 32-year-old enters his 11th pro season, having split time between both the ECHL and American Hockey League, including the bulk of the 2016-17 season with Cincinnati’s AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans.

Joining Vaive is veteran forward Jesse Schultz, who skated in 18 games for Greenville this past season. Schultz, 38, has clicked at over a point-per-game pace in his three previous seasons with the Cyclones, tallying 219 points (65g-154a) across 205 regular season games.

Schultz enters his 19th professional campaign in a career that spans over 1,100 games across eight different countries. His highlight in Cincinnati came in 2018-19, where an 80-point regular season earned him the ECHL MVP award.