The Cincinnati Cyclones, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators announced today that Head Coach Jarrod Skalde has been named the recipient of the John Brophy Trophy – awarded annually to the ECHL coach selected to have contributed the most to his team’s success as selected in a vote of league coaches.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by your peers,” said Skalde. “I’m very proud to accept this award on behalf of our entire hockey club, who have all contributed to our success this season. There are many outstanding coaches around our league that are also well deserving of this award, and I’m very honored to be acknowledged.”

Skalde led the Cyclones to their first North Division title since 2009 with a 42-22-8 record for 92 points, a 13-point improvement over the 2011-12 season. It is the third-most wins and second-most points for the Cyclones since the club returned to the ECHL for the 2006-07 season. The 2012-13 campaign was also the earliest a Cyclones team had clinched a Division Title.

“This is certainly an award befitting its recipient,” said Cyclones General Manager Kristin Ropp. “Jarrod lives hockey and his passion is extremely evident. I’m thrilled for him.”

Skalde is in his third season as Head Coach / Director of Hockey Operations for Cincinnati (and is the second to win Coach of the Year accolades) after spending two years behind the bench of the Bloomington Prairie Thunder (IHL).