OGDEN, UT. – The Ogden Mustangs, proud members of the United States Premier Hockey League, are excited to announce the signing of Nicholas Cimino for the 2021-22 season.
Cimino (Colorado Springs, CO) is a big addition to the Mustangs in more ways than one. His veteran presence along with his size and stature will be much needed in a heavyweight Mountain Division. Cimino marks the 8th new player signed (10th overall) from the 2021 Ogden Mustangs Summer Tryout Camp in July. Although new to the roster, Cimino is very familiar to the organization and has been a Summer-long recruit for the coaching staff.
"I first heard of the Mustangs through former teammates that played and are currently playing for the Mustangs. I’ve stayed in contact with Coach Orlando during the off-season and was invited to skate at the main camp. Instantly, I felt at home in Ogden and was impressed with the facility and the entire Mustang staff."
The Colorado power forward checks in at 6-1, 185 lbs and plays a heavy and powerful game in all three zones. During the 2020-21 season, Cimino made his juniors debut with the Seacoast Spartans of the Eastern Hockey League. During his season in New Hampshire, he finished 2nd in goals (13), T-7th in assists (10) and T-4th in points (23) in 37 games played. His leadership both on and off the ice will be invaluable for the younger players and coaching staff as the team attempts to navigate the ebb and flow of the season.
"My main goal is to be a solid leader for the younger players on and off the ice. I want to be the best player I can for my team and just enjoy every day. My hope is to improve my game and develop my skills on a daily basis so I can continue my hockey career through college."
Head Coach Kenny Orlando mentioned that one thing that the Mustangs could have benefited from the most last season was veteran leadership. Adding Cimino brings exactly that and more heading into training camp.
"Nicholas brings a mix of capabilities to the Mustangs forward group. Offensively, he can move the puck, create plays, and knows how to find the back of the net. His strength along the walls adds to his value and will help contribute to our stingy defensive zone play. We are happy to get a chance to work with Nicholas and push him as much as possible before moving on to the college level."
Being an '01 this season, Cimino knows that his time in junior hockey will only last so long and this season is important for not only himself, but his team as well. His goal: Work hard and leave it all on the ice.
"I see myself as a power forward; someone who’s not afraid to win puck battles in the corner and create more time and space for my teammates. I'm excited to play in front of the Mustangs amazing fans and show them I’m not afraid to throw the body [for checks]. "
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