Nugent, Blazek, Lee sign with Cyclones

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, announced that they have agreed to terms with forward Brian Nugent along with defensemen Andrew Blazek and Martin Lee for the 2014-15 season.

Nugent, a 25-year-old forward, logged 26 games with the Cyclones in 2013-14 after being acquired in a trade with the Las Vegas Wranglers on Jan. 30. In a Cincinnati jersey, the Victoria, British Columbia native posted 20 regular-season points (13g-7a) along with a pair of goals in 11 Kelly Cup Playoff contests. He had contributed three points (1g-2a) in 25 games with Las Vegas before the trade. Prior to going pro, Nugent as a four-year letter winner at Northern Michigan University, where he amassed 15 points in 110 career games.

Blazek, a Pittsburgh, Pa. native, will embark on his first full season of pro hockey this fall. After completing his collegiate career at Robert Morris University, the 25-year-old appeared in six regular season games with the Cyclones last year, notching four assists in that span. During the postseason, the six-foot-two, 181-pound rear guard skated in 20 Kelly Cup Playoff games for Cincinnati, posting one assist.

Lee, whose ECHL rights were acquired by Cincinnati from Utah on June 13, comes to the Queen City after playing in 68 games for the Grizzlies this past season. The 6-foot-3-inch rear guard paced the club with a +26 plus-minus rating and was the top scoring defenseman on the Grizzlies, notching 25 points (4g-21a). Prior to going pro, the 25-year-old was a four-year letter winner at Elmira College where he accumulated 52 points (8g-44a) in 99 collegiate games.