Saturday, October 06, 2007

Generals add offense with Cirone signing

More offensive firepower was added to the Flint Generals Saturday with the singing of veteran center Jason Cirone.

Cirone, a former third-round draft pick of the Winnipeg Jets at the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, spent last season with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League where in 59 games, he notched 28 goals and added 35 assists for 63 points and 84 penalty minutes.

Cirone, a native of Toronto, spent five seasons in Italy playing for Asiago HC (2001-2002 to 2005-2006) and had 84 goals and 92 assists for 176 points and 384 penalty minutes in 166 games.

“Jason is a proven player at this level,” said Flint director of hockey operations Ron Sanko. “Once you follow him with (Greg) Bullock, I believe we have the best 1-2 punch in the league at center -- two veteran guys that can help Jordan Fox along.”

The 5-foot-10, 205-pound left-shooting centerman, played one year (2000-2001) with the Frankfurt Lions in Germany where he had 18 goals and 17 assists for 35 points and 138 penalty minutes.

Cirone is no stranger to the IHL having played seven seasons with four different teams- Cincinnati Cyclones, Long Beach Ice Dogs, Rochester Americans and the Kansas City Blades. In 442 career games, Cirone tallied 139 goals, 148 assists for 287 points and 830 penalty minutes.

Cirone also spent time in the ECHL, WCHL, American Hockey League and played three National Hockey League games for the Winnipeg Jets.

Cirone had a solid career in the Ontario Hockey League where he played four seasons with the former Cornwall Royals and part of a year with the Windsor Spitfires. During his junior career, he played in 212 games and had 130 goals and 150 assists for 280 points and 261 penalty minutes.


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