MacDonald, Froese return to Cyclones

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman David MacDonald and forward Byron Froese for the 2014-15 season.

MacDonald, a 28-year-old, returns to the Queen City for his third full year of pro hockey. Last year’s Cyclones’ captain logged 60 games during and posted 14 points (2g-12a) along with 113 penalty minutes. Since turning pro in the spring of 2012, the Baddeck, Nova Scotia native has amassed 40 points (10g-30a) 140 contests – all but four of those games with the Cyclones.

Froese, a fourth-round selection (119th overall) of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, is coming off of a stellar season for Cincinnati. He compiled five assists in 29 games for the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League before being assigned the Cyclones on Feb. 15. Upon arrival, the 23-year-old was an instant contributor, notching 21 points (11g-10a) in 25 regular-season contests along with a team-leading 25 points (8g-17a) in 23 Kelly Cup Playoff games, to rank second in the league during the playoffs. On April 20, he set the club record with a five-point playoff game against Orlando (3g-2a), becoming one of just four Cyclones to record a playoff hat trick.