For Immediate Release: March 16, 2017



Third-Year Bench Boss Reaches Milestone in the Thick of Playoff Race


Anchorage, AK- Cincinnati Cyclones Head Coach Matt Macdonald collected his one-hundredth career victory, following a 2-1 win over the Alaska Aces on Wednesday night. The third-year head coach has compiled a career record of 100-83-11-13.

“I have been very honored to have had the opportunity to be the head coach of the Cincinnati Cyclones for the last three years, and it’s nice to reach 100 wins,” remarked Macdonald. “It’s a reflection of the players in the room and their hard work, along with the staff and organization I am a part of.”

After narrowly missing the playoffs in his first season behind the bench, Macdonald’s second season saw a 36-27-5-4 record that featured an amazing run down the stretch to help Cincinnati capture the seventh seed. The Cyclones ultimately fell to the Ft. Wayne Komets in a thrilling first round series 4 games to 3.

The Niagara Falls, ON, native also served as an assistant coach for the Cyclones for two seasons upon his retirement from playing in 2012. He helped lead the Cyclones to back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals appearances in 2012-13 and 2013-14, and a trip to the Kelly Cup Finals in 2014 where the ‘Clones fell to the Alaska Aces 4 games to 2.

Macdonald spent the majority of his playing career with the Cyclones from 2006-2009, appearing in 119 games and accounting for five goals and 39 assists, along with 242 minutes in penalties.

He was an instrumental piece in the playoffs as well, totaling five goals and nine assists in 44 career Kelly Cup Playoff games, and he was a member of Cincinnati’s first-ever Kelly Cup title team in 2008. During that season, he also served as an Assistant Captain.

In addition to his ECHL experience, Macdonald also saw time in the American Hockey League (AHL), Central Hockey League (CHL), and overseas in Denmark and Italy. While playing in Denmark during the 2010-11 campaign, he helped his team capture a Bronze Medal and was a Danish Cup Champion. Collectively, he skated in 385 games as a professional and collected 133 points (30g, 103a) along with 732 career penalty minutes.

Prior to going pro, Macdonald was a four-year letter winner at St. Lawrence University, where he amassed 30 points (14g,16a) and 131 penalty minutes in 118 career collegiate games.


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