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So Cincinnati: Cincinnati Cyclones
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- The Cincinnati Cyclones bringing the Kelly Cup Finals home Friday night for the third time since 2008.
The Cyclones play game four against the Alaska Aces. It's been quite a journey for the players and it's really about the love of a game which is So Cincinnati.
It was a shot in the dark you might say by a three man team of businessmen who wanted to bring back professional hockey to the Queen City nearly 25 years ago.
The original ECHL or East Coast Hockey League Cincinnati Cyclones got rolled into another league, folded, and the current ECHL Cyclones was re-born prior to the 1996 -97 season.
Nick Brunner with Cyclones PR said, "The Louisville Riverfrogs is what they were called. That's the club that ultimately uprooted from where they were, and previously had been in Miami Florida of all places."
The team moved back to Cincninati and played through 2004, closed again, and came back in 2006. They played not at US Bank Arena but at the Cincinnati Gardens.
Nick Brunner said, "After they moved from the Gardens the Mighty Ducks were in town for a bit, and for awhile there were two teams in town. Then the Ducks went away, and the Cyclones remained. And that is when this club in particular saw a resurgence."
Byron Froese, center or forward, said, "I love the city really, I love being able to go to ballgames, go downtown, it's really beautiful downtown and obviously I love the team."
Dan Eves, also a Cyclones player, said, "It means a lot. We have quite a following here and even we don't have a lot of people in the building, the people that are here. Make sure it's a home ice advantage for sure. They are really loud and really passionate about the Cyclones."
And in case you are wondering why the Medical Reporter wanted to to this So Cincinnati on the Cincinnati Cyclones, I am the youngest of five children, the baby and the only girl growing up in a hockey household! My parents actually met in an ice rink, I could skate before I could walk and my dream job was to be a Zamboni driver, something I have never done before.
Which brings us to the ultimate fan, Mike Bianchi.
He said, "My mom brought me here to this building to Stingers games in the 1970's."
He's known as "Ice Mister" Mike Bianchi and yes, he also drives the Zamboni which used to be called the "Weiner Wagon." It goes 9 miles an hour at top speed. Bianchi carefully creates icy perfection each game.
"I am constantly balancing, how deep I am shaving with my blade, how much water I am putting down," he said.
Not as easy as it looks! But from the love of the ice to the love of the game it's easy to see why the Cyclones are So Cincinnati.
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