Stork, Ortiz Lead Cincinnati To ECHL Championship
June 3, 2010
After finishing an outstanding career at UMass as a senior in 2009-10, Will Ortiz signed with the Cincinnati Cyclones back in April joining fellow alum Dean Stork. Stork, an assistant coach since 2006 with the Cyclones, and Ortiz each helped the club win the ECHL Kelly Cup Championship last week.
The Cyclones, affiliates of the NHL's Nashville Predators and Montreal Canadiens, finished the season with a 57-35-2 overall record defeating the Idaho Steelheads in the Kelly Cup Finals 4-1. The Cyclones closed out the series on May 21 with a 2-1 win for their first championship title since 2008.
Signed at the conclusion of his collegiate career, Ortiz played in just one regular season game, but was kept on the postseason roster for the Cyclones. In the playoffs, the Framingham, Mass., native played in 12 games with a goal, five assists and a plus-4 rating.
Ortiz's lone goal of the Kelly Cup playoffs came in the semifinal series against the Reading Royals. He snapped a 3-3 tie with 5:38 remaining in the second period of Game 6 to force a seventh game after the Royals jumped out to a 3-0 lead to start the series. Ortiz faced former teammate Alex Berry of the Royals in that series as well.
Stork was named assistant coach of the Cincinnati Cyclones in July 2006. He came to the Cyclones after serving as player/assistant with Stockton (ECHL) the previous year.
Stork ended his seven-year professional playing career to concentrate on working behind the bench. His playing career began in 1999-2000 with Hampton Roads (ECHL), where he played for John Brophy. Stork spent the next three seasons (2000-2003) as a member of the Arkansas Riverblades, where he also served as an assistant captain. With Arkansas, the coaching roots took hold, as he started the Dean Stork Mini-Camps during the summer--instructing kids in the proper way to play hockey (2003-2005).
The Cyclones organization got its first glimpse of Stork in 2003-2004, when he was the captain of the club. He then went to Texas (ECHL), where he was the assistant captain and was traded late in the season (2004-2005) to Columbia--where he was part of the East Division's championship team.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Stork grew up in Penticton, British Columbia. Stork played collegiately at UMass from 1996-99 where he played in more than 100 games with the Minutemen. Graduating with a degree in Sports Management, Stork held the record for goals in a season by a defenseman (nine). He was also a member of the Hockey East Honor Roll squad.
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