Predators extend affiliation agreement with reigning ECHL champion

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 9:34pm
Staff reports

The Nashville Predators announced Wednesday that they extended their secondary affiliation agreement with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the East Coast Hockey League.

The Predators have supplied a limited number of players to the Cyclones for the past three seasons. Cincinnati won two league titles, including the 2010 crown, in that time.

The Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League remain Nashville’s top developmental team.

“Partnering with a franchise that has a tradition of winning, in a city with a strong hockey history, will allow our players to develop as professionals in a successful environment,” assistant general manager Paul Fenton said, according to a release announcing the move. “We are confident that those Cyclones who are called upon will contribute consistently to the success of the Milwaukee Admirals.

“The Predators are excited to continue our relationship with the Cyclones.”

Last season, three Predators’ prospects – two goalies, one forward – played at Cincinnati.

Goalie Jeremy Smith went 23-15-2 with a 2.63 goals-against average in the regular season and then recorded nine of the team’s 15 playoff wins and was named a co-winner of the Kelly Cup MVP award. Forward Ian McKenzie played 24 games, and goalie Mark Dekanich, who spent most of the season with Milwaukee, appeared in two.

Cincinnati plans to announce its new head coach Thursday.

Former coach Chuck Weber accepted a position last month as coach of the AHL’s Rochester Americans, the top developmental team of the Florida Panthers. The Panthers also have a secondary agreement with the Cyclones.