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'CANES TOP MINOR LEAGUE AFFILIATE GEARS UP FOR PLAYOFFS

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CINCINNATI (March 19, 2001) -- The Cincinnati Cyclones have released their playoff roster for the upcoming 2000-2001 Turner Cup Playoffs.

Goaltenders for the Cyclones are Jean-Marc Pelletier, Randy Petruk and Marc Magliarditi.

Defensemen eligible for playoff competition are Nikos Tselios, Jeremiah McCarthy, Greg Kuznik, Mike Rucinski, Niclas Wallin, Jon Rohloff, Len Esau and Harlan Pratt.

Forwards are Byron Ritchie, Craig MacDonald, Greg Koehler, Stefan Ustorf, Jeff Heerema, Craig Adams, Ian MacNeil, Gilbert Dionne, Josef Vasicek, Erik Cole, Brian Felsner, Brad Defauw and Jaroslav Svoboda.

2-way Exception Players are center Russ Guzior and left wings Dean Tiltgen and Aaron Brand.

"We've got a tremdous amount of talent on our playoff roster," stated Cyclones Head Coach Ron Smith, who added, "the playoffs are always exciting and these upcoming should be no exception."

Cyclones Captain Gilbert Dionne, who won a Stanley Cup with the NHL's Montreal Canadiens in 1993 says it's his favorite time of the hockey season and gets geared-up for the playoff run as he states, "it's the best time of the season for sure. When we won the Cup in Montreal, we all pulled together and did what we had to do to win it. It's an experience I'll never forget as long as I live."

The Cyclones are currently in 3rd place in the IHL's Eastern Conference with 11 games to play in the 2000-2001 regular season.

If the Turner Cup Playoffs began today, the Cyclones would face a rematch against the Orlando Solar Bears in round one, with Orlando owning home ice for the series.

The Cyclones will be making an official announcement on playoff ticket availability and dates sometime in the coming weeks.

The International Hockey League's Turner Cup Playoffs are scheduled to begin the week of April 16th.

Cincinnati will finish their six-game home stand on Tuesday night as they host the Houston Aeros at Firstar Center. The Cyclones are 3-1-1 after the first five games and 5-1-2 in the month of March.

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