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NCDC 2019-20 Team Previews: Northern Cyclones

By Joshua Boyd/USPHL.com, 09/10/19, 7:30PM EDT

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Northern Cyclones

2018-19 Record: 26-20-3-1

Playoffs: Semifinals

 

Outlook: The Cyclones continue to build strong teams from within their own organization. 

Last year, utilizing a similar system, they were able to knock off the regular season champion Jersey Hitmen and took the eventual Dineen Cup champion Junior Bruins to a third and deciding game in the semis. 

“We are really excited to have nine returning players and others being promoted within the organization from teams below the NCDC,” said general manager Bill Weiand. “We believe we have a good veteran presence going into the season.”

Top returning veterans: The Cyclones are excited to welcome back forward Will Gavin, a veteran presence with USPHL experience going back to 2015. The Air Force Academy commit posted five points in as many playoff games after a 37-point season in 40 games. 

Zach Rehbaum is also back up front after a 20-goal, 41-point season in 2018-19, while third-year NCDC veteran Bryce DeFazio and goalie Riley Sims come back from very productive seasons last year.

Top newcomers: Dayne Hoyord, an ‘02 out of the Team Wisconsin Midget program, has a long track record of high-octane offense, while new defenseman Austin Rice was a USPHL 16U All-Star last season with the Skipjacks Hockey Club.