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Jarrod Skalde accepts Assistant Coach position with Norfolk Admirals

Updated: Wednesday, July 10 2013, 01:08 PM EDT
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones, proud affiliate of the NHL’s
Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators,
announced today that Jarrod Skalde
has accepted an Assistant Coach position with the Norfolk Admirals in the
American
Hockey League. He becomes the second Cyclones bench boss in club
history to receive a promotion to the Triple-A
level.

Skalde
(SKALD-ee), a 42-year-old Niagara Falls, Ontario native, helped lead the
Cyclones to their first North Division title
since 2009 this past season. The
Cyclones’ 42-22-8 record resulted in 92 points, a 13-point improvement from
2011-12 as
well as the third-most wins and second-most points they have
earned since the club returned to the ECHL for the 2006-07 season.

The
2012-13 campaign was also the earliest a Cyclones team had clinched a Division
Title. On April 2, Skalde was named
the 2012-13 ECHL Coach of the Year.
Under his regime, Cincinnati saw 68 players earn AHL promotions resulting in
nearly
900 games played at Triple-A. “Jarrod has been an excellent asset to
our organization,” said Cyclones President Ray Harris.
“We’re very thankful
for his three years of professionalism and tireless work ethic. I’m proud of the
job he has done in Cincinnati
and wish him the best of luck moving forward
as he progresses to the next level of professional hockey.”

During his
three-year tenure behind the bench in the Queen City, Skalde amassed a 110-79-27
regular season record
(57.2 winning percentage) and a 10-11 mark in the
postseason. The former second-round draft pick earned his 100th
Cyclones
victory this past year when Cincinnati defeated the Fort Wayne Komets 3-1 on
February 22, 2013. He and his wife,
Erin have a 15-year-old daughter, True
and 10-year-old son, Skate. It will be the second time that Skalde has been in
the
Anaheim organization; he logged 20 games as a player with the Mighty
Ducks during the 1993-94 season, where he collected
nine points (5 goals, 4
assists) and 10 penalty minutes. “I’d like to thank Ray Harris for this
opportunity that he gave me three
years ago,” said Skalde. “He has given me
all the tools to succeed here and has taught me a lot along the way. I’d also
like to thank
the entire front office staff, hockey department, and my
Assistant Coach Matt Macdonald for all their support. I leave here knowing

that this is the premiere place to be in the ECHL, and it starts from the
top.“

Cincinnati has not yet named a replacement for Skalde, however,
the interview process is currently underway. In addition,
Cyclones Assistant
Coach Matt Macdonald will remain on the coaching staff for 2013-14.
Jarrod Skalde accepts Assistant Coach position with Norfolk Admirals


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