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Cyclones name Ben Simon as new head coach


The Cincinnati Cyclones have named Ben Simon as their new head coach.

Simon, 35, was drafted in 1997 by the Chicago Blackhawks. He's played in 81 professional games with the Atlanta Thrashers and Columbus Blue Jackets.

He spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League. Prior to joining the IceHogs, Simon served as both a player and head coach for the Sheffield Steelers of the United Kingdom's Elite Ice Hockey League, guiding the club to the 2010-11 EIHL title and finishing that season with 66 points (27g-39a) in 62 games.

During his 11-year playing career, Simon logged a total of 770 professional contests in the International Hockey League, ECHL, AHL, NHL and overseas. Simon notched four points (3g-1a) and 47 penalty minutes in 81 career NHL regular-season tilts over parts of four seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers (2001-04) and Columbus Blue Jackets (2004-05). Upon his retirement after the 2010-11 campaign, he had accumulated 306 career points (125g-181a) during regular season play and another 28 points (14g-14a) in postseason action.

He is from Shaker Heights, Ohio and graduated from Notre Dame.

Previous coach Jarrod Skalde recently announced he was leaving Cincinnati to join the coaching staff of the AHL's Norfolk Admirals.

Simon is the seventh coach in Cyclones history.

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