Cyclones name new head coach

Jarrod Skalde (Source: Bloomington Prairie Thunder)
Jarrod Skalde (Source: Bloomington Prairie Thunder)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Cyclones announced Thursday that they have named Jarrod Skalde as the sixth Head Coach in franchise history.

The Niagara Falls, Ontario native comes to Cincinnati after spending two years behind the bench of the Bloomington Prairie Thunder (IHL). He has 19 years of service in professional hockey, 17 as a player.

Selected by the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Skalde, 39, went on to log 115 games with eight different teams in the National Hockey League. In addition to the Devils, he played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta Thrashers, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, Calgary Flames and Philadelphia Flyers. He also played professionally in the IHL, AHL, Switzerland, Sweden and Japan during a career that spanned 1,071 games.

"I'm very excited to be a part of the Cyclones organization," said Skalde. "It's great coming into a place that has had tremendous success with ownership and fans that expect excellence. I'm really looking forward to the challenge and building on that."

"We're very excited to bring Jarrod on board," said Cyclones President Ray Harris. "His years of coaching and NHL playing experience will undoubtedly help him guide and improve our talent. I'm confident he will be able to carry on the championship tradition we've built here in Cincinnati."

Skalde and his wife, Erin, have two children, 12-year-old daughter True and 7-year-old son Skate.

The defending Kelly Cup Champion Cyclones open their home schedule on Saturday, October 30 at U.S. Bank Arena against the Wheeling Nailers.

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