Cincinnati Cyclones President Ray Harris Gets Nod for 2022 ECHL Hall of Fame

Harris has been with the organization for nearly 20 years and was instrumental in building exciting, winning teams.

Nov 11, 2021 at 5:15 pm
click to enlarge Cincinnati Cyclones president Ray Harris - Photo: provided by the Cincinnati Cyclones
Photo: provided by the Cincinnati Cyclones
Cincinnati Cyclones president Ray Harris

The Cincinnati Cyclones have a new Hall of Famer among them.

Cyclones president Ray Harris was named Wednesday to the 2022 ECHL Hall of Fame class. The ECHL announced Harris along with three other soon-to-be inductees: former players Brett Marietti and Joel Martin plus on-ice official Tim Nowak.

Harris, who has run the Cyclones for nearly 20 years, is the first member of Cincinnati's organization to land in the Hall of Fame, a press release says. He and the other 2022 class members will be inducted into the Hall during a ceremony Monday, January 17, in Jacksonville, Florida, just one day before the ECHL All-Star Classic.

"The induction of Ray Harris into the ECHL Hall of Fame is a representation of his deserving efforts being instrumental in the successful growth of the League," said ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin. "Originally revitalizing the Cyclones and the development of hockey in Cincinnati, Ray later served as Chairman of the Board of ECHL Governors for five Seasons where he routinely endorsed the League-first mentality to propel ECHL growth into the North American presence it is today."

Harris' company purchased the Cyclones in 2003 and began building winning team after winning team. Under Harris' purview, the Cyclones won the Kelly Cup in 2008 and 2010 and "set ECHL attendance records that still stand as the two largest attended postseason games in the league's 34-year history," the release says. 

The ECHL has 27 teams in 20 states and two Canadian provinces.

The Cincinnati Cyclones complete their homestand this week at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at Heritage Bank Center with Shutout the Hate night, an inclusive promotional event that implores "Hockey is for everyone." Get tickets for the game against the Fort Wayne Komets.

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