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Four familiar faces return to Cyclones
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- The Cincinnati Cyclones, proud affiliate of the NHL's Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, announced today that forwards Jonathan Hazen, Trevor Lewis, Mattias Lindstrom, and Anthony Luciani have all been assigned to the club by the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League.
Hazen, a 23-year-old, will be entering his third professional season all as a part of the Cyclones family. He spent the bulk of last season in San Antonio, skating in 48 games and contributing 16 points (2 goals, 14 assists). He appeared in 12 contests to start the season for Cincinnati in 2012-13, collecting 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists) in that stretch. Since breaking into the pro game in 2011-12, he has earned 58 career tallies 41 of which have come in a Cyclones jersey.
Lewis, a second-year pro, finished his injury-shortened rookie campaign with 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists) in 24 regular season games. He was one of Cincinnati's top postseason offensive producers, amassing 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists) in 12 Kelly Cup playoff contests one of which was a game-winning goal during the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Prior to going pro, the 26-year-old Little, Pennsylvania native was the team captain of Robert Morris University, where he finished fifth on the schools All-Time Career Points list (83), Games Played list (143), and Assists leader board (53).
Lindstrom, a 2009 third-round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes, completed his rookie year with 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists) in 49 regular season games and contributed with an assist during the postseason. He collected his first professional point on October 27 against Elmira and later enjoyed a career-high three-point night on March 22 against Florida. Prior to coming overseas in 2012-13, the Lulea, Sweden native spent his playing career in his home country.
Luciani, a Maple, Ontario native, appeared in 29 games with Cincinnati a year ago posting 16 points (4 goals, 12 assists) in that span. Although a pair of injuries limited his time on the ice, the 23-year-old did also log five games in the AHL with San Antonio, earning one goal. During his rookie season of 2011-12, Luciani finished fourth on the Cyclones (and second among team rookies) with 49 points (26 goals, 23 assists) in 54 games.
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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