For Immediate Release: June 2, 2016



23-Man List Includes 19 Who Suited Up for Cincinnati in 2015-16


Cincinnati, OH- The Cincinnati Cyclones, in conjunction with the ECHL, have released this offseason’s Protected List.

The Cyclones’ Protected List is as follows:

Goaltenders (2): Neil Conway, Andy Iles

Defensemen (7): Andrew Blazek, Cody Carlson, Kevin Lind, Michael Quinn, Steve Weinstein, Riley Weselowski, Brett Wysopal

Forwards (14): Zach Budish, Jack Downing, Brett Ferguson, Branden Gracel, Nick Huard, Geoff Irwin, Levko Koper, Tommy Mele, Christiaan Minella, Colin Mulvey, Adam Payerl, Garrick Perry, Joe Wilson, Andrew Yogan

*Italics indicate player did not appear in 2015-16 regular season games for Cyclones

Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish, provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association, which state that teams shall retain the rights to each player that: 

1. Signed an SPC in 2015-16 with the Member, and has not been traded or released


2. Signed an SPC in 2015-16, and was recalled to the NHL/AHL or IIHF team, and has not been traded or released


3. Had received a Qualifying Offer last summer for the current Season, DID NOT sign an SPC, and has not been traded or released.

4. Has been suspended by the Member or League, and has not been traded or released


5. Signed an SPC on or after the first day of the 2015-16 Regular Season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released

6. Has executed the ECHL Retirement Form, and has not been traded or released.

The ECHL also announced that teams must complete all Future Consideration trades by 3 p.m. ET on June 13 and that teams must submit their Season-Ending Roster by 3 p.m. ET on June 15. Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2015-16.

The countdown to the 2016-17 First Face-Off is underway! The Cyclones will return to U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday, October 15 when they host the Indy Fuel at 7:35pm. Between now and then, be on the lookout for several offseason events like Meijer Concrete Clones! Additionally, 2016-17 Season Ticket Packages are available NOW! Call 513.421.PUCK to reserve your seats. Fans can also get the latest team updates throughout the offseason on Facebook, Twitter (@CincyCyclones), and Instagram, along with our website,!