Veteran forward Hughes signs with Cyclones

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones have signed forward Bobby Hughes for the 2015-16 season. Hughes comes to Cincinnati after splitting time between the Gwinnett Gladiators and Brampton Beast last season.

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

Drafted in the fourth round (123rd overall) by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Hughes spent the bulk of last season in Brampton, accounting for 29 points (12g-17a) in 40 games, which ranked him sixth on the team in scoring. He also found a scoring touch early in the season with Gwinnett, accounting for four points (2g-2a) in eight games.

A native of Richmond Hill, Ontario, Hughes has seen time and success at multiple levels of professional hockey. In addition to Gwinnett and Brampton, his ECHL career has seen stops with the Alaska Aces, Florida Everblades, Fort Wayne Komets and Utah Grizzlies. In 2012-13, his best ECHL season, he finished with career highs in goals (15) assists (24) and points (39). He also saw team highs in goals (9), assists (8) and points (17) in 11 playoff contests. In 162 career ECHL games, Hughes has totaled 104 points (42g-62a).

Hughes’ professional career has also seen stints with the American Hockey League’s Albany River Rats and Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and the Central Hockey League’s Wichita Thunder. He also briefly skated for EHC 80 Nurnberg in Germany. In 290 career professional games, Hughes has accounted 192 points (76g-116a).

Prior to turning pro in 2007, Hughes enjoyed a stellar four-year junior career with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League, totaling 253 points (103g-150a) in 243 games.