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Chris Cahill playing for the Cincinnati Cyclones during the 2011-12 ECHL season
Cincinnati Cyclones vs. Evansville IceMen on March 30, 2013

The Cincinnati Cyclones are a professional hockey team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The team is a member of the ECHL. Originally established in 1990, the team first played their games in the Cincinnati Gardens and now play at U.S. Bank Arena. The Cyclones are a minor league affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres (National Hockey League) and the Rochester Americans (American Hockey League).

Cincinnati has fielded Cyclones teams with three separate franchises in two different leagues: the International Hockey League (1992–2001) and the ECHL (1990–1992, 2001–2004, 2006–present).

Together, the franchises have combined to win two Kelly Cups (2008 and 2010), three conference championships (2008, 2010 and 2014), one overall points championship (2008), and four division championships (1996, 2008, 2009 and 2013). In 2007–08, the team had the most successful season in ECHL history with 55 wins, 115 points, and its first conference and league championships.


After introducing their current mascot, Twister, in 1995, the Cyclones had always included him in their uniform design. In fact, from 1996–2014 he was the centerpiece of the jerseys they wore. However, prior to the 2014–15 season, the organization did a complete revamp of the uniforms and their colors. Twister was removed from the uniform completely along with the color yellow. The shade of red used was also changed from a darker maroonish style red to a more bright royal red. The logo now is described as being a twister, or cyclone, in the center of a "C" standing for, Cincinnati. The jersey concepts also changed from being a classic hockey style to a more modern era look. The home, away, and alternate jerseys have red shoulders and red stripes that begin at the elbow area and wrap around to the underside of the wrists. The home jerseys are base white with red trim, the away jerseys are base red with black trim, and the alternates are base black with red trim. Other than the change in color, all three jerseys are similar.

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