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Admirals Assign Four to Cyclones

Updated: Sunday, September 29 2013, 05:43 PM EDT
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- The Cincinnati Cyclones, proud affiliate of the NHL's Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, announced today that forwards Barry Almeida, Vinny Saponari, defenseman Taylor Aronson, and goaltender Scott Darling have been assigned to the club by the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League. 

Almeida, a second-year pro, comes to Cincinnati after helping lead the Reading Royals to the Kelly Cup in 2012-13. He earned 24 points (10g, 14a) in 27 regular season games. During the postseason, the 24-year-old collected six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in 15 games. The five-foot-eight-inch, 183-pound forward also played 35 games in the AHL with the Hershey Bears, contributing 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists). Prior to going pro, Almeida was a four-year letter winner at Boston University, where he amassed 92 points (45 goals, 47 assists) in 159 collegiate games. He was named an NCAA All-American in 2011-12 – a season where he finished third on the Terriers in scoring. 

Saponari, a 23-year-old, Powder Springs, Georgia native, will play in his first full professional season after debuting with the St. John’s IceCaps (AHL) last spring. In his limited Triple-A experience, he posted one goal and one assist in seven games. He played his amateur hockey in the NCAA and USHL; the last two seasons he was a member of Northeastern University. In 2010-11 he skated with the Dubuque Fighting Saints, notching 64 points (18 goals, 46 assists) in 56 contests. He also earned two letters with Boston University in 2008-09 and 2009-10, helping lead the Terriers to the NCAA title. 

Aronson will enter his third season with the Cyclones after finishing with 13 points (1 goal, 12 assists) a year ago. He also appeared in a pair of 2013 Kelly Cup playoff games. A former third round pick by the Nashville Predators, the 21-year-old has earned 31 points (6 goals, 25 assists) in 78 games for Cincinnati. Collectively as a pro, Aronson has 34 tallies (6 goals, 28 assists) in 104 contests. 

Darling, a 2007 sixth-round pick by the Phoenix Coyotes, played the bulk of last season with the Wheeling Nailers, where he posted a 13-12-4 record and a 2.80 goals-against average in addition to a single game with the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL). The University of Maine alum has also seen time in the SPHL and CHL since going pro in 2010. 

The countdown to the 2013 First Face-Off is nearly complete! The Cyclones open the season at U.S. Bank Arena against the Wheeling Nailers on Saturday, October 19 at 7:30pm. 

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