Matt Macdonald named Cyclones’ head coach

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, announced that 31-year-old Matt Macdonald has been named the eighth head coach in club history.

Macdonald, a Niagara Falls, Ontario native, takes over the helm from Ben Simon, who accepted the position of assistant coach with the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies on Aug. 5. Since beginning his coaching career in 2012-13, Macdonald has helped contribute to the Cyclones back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals appearances. As a player, he spent parts of three seasons in the Queen City, logging 119 regular season games and 44 points (5g-39a). Macdonald also contributed with 14 points (5g-9a) in 44 Kelly Cup Playoff games and was a member of Cincinnati’s first-ever Kelly Cup title in 2008. During that season, he served as an alternate captain.

In addition to his ECHL experience, the former defenseman also saw time in the American Hockey League, Central Hockey League and in Denmark. Collectively, he skated in 385 games as a professional and collected 133 points (30g-103a) with 732 career penalty minutes. While playing in Denmark during the 2010-11 campaign, he helped his team capture a Bronze Medal and was a Danish Cup champion. Prior to going pro, Macdonald was a four-year letter winner at St. Lawrence University, where he amassed 30 points (14g-16a) and 131 penalty minutes in 118 career collegiate games.

Macdonald resides in Cincinnati with his wife, Erin, and their one-year-old daughter, Hazel.