For Immediate Release: January 17, 2018



Captain Tied for Sixth in League Defenseman Scoring


Cincinnati, OH- The Cincinnati Cyclones, proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Buffalo Sabres and American Hockey League’s (AHL) Rochester Americans, have announced that defenseman and team captain Eric Knodel has been recalled by the Americans.

This is the second call up of the season for Knodel, who is tied for sixth amongst League defenseman with nine goals and 17 assists. He appeared in a pair of games for the Americans earlier this season, however did not record a point.

The West Chester, PA, native skated in 58 games with the Cyclones in 2016-17. He led the team in defenseman scoring with eight goals and 20 assists, and was tied for third with a plus-seven on-ice rating. He was one of the ECHL’s top defensemen at the midway point of the season, and for his efforts he was awarded a spot in the 2017 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic in Glens Falls, NY. He also took part in the All-Star Hardest Shot competition, where he finished in second place with a shot of 96mph.

Knodel split the 2015-16 season between the Utah Grizzlies and the AHL’s San Diego Gulls. In 56 games with the Grizzlies, Knodel put up 22 points (7g, 15a), along with 16 penalty minutes and a plus-7 on-ice rating. He skated in four games with the Gulls, but failed to record a point.

His first full pro season was 2014-15 where he saw time with the Orlando Solar Bears and the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. In 57 combined games that year, Knodel accounted for five goals and 22 assists along with a plus-16 on-ice rating. He began his pro career in 2014 with the Marlies following completion of his collegiate career, dishing out a pair of assists in 10 games.

Prior to turning pro, Knodel spent four seasons at the University of New Hampshire, and was named captain during his season year in 2013-14. In 116 games for the Wildcats, he totaled 20 goals and 41 assists for 61 points, including a career-high 28 (7g, 21a) during his senior year.


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