Matt Syroczynski Retires (Officially)

Posted: 2010/07/19 by Mike in Offseason News: 2010
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According to the Cyclones official Twitter page, Matt “Chico” Syroczynski has announced his decision to retire to his current club, the Fort Wayne Komets.

Chico played 2 seasons with the Cyclones, totaling 102 regular season games scoring 55 goals and tallying 35 assists for a total of 90 points. He also accumulated 117 penalty minutes. In the post season he played 34 games and totaled 15 goals, 4 assists for 19 points and 49 penalty minutes.

This is not the 1st time Matt has decided to leave the game for a job. After the 2008 Kelly Cup Season, Matt was signed by the Cyclones but was then a no show for various training camps. There was a lot scuttlebutt as to where Matt was and why he wasn’t with the team. Ultimately, he showed and played what turned out to be a a rather tumultuous year.

Chico spent most of the 2008-2009 season battling injuries which were kept on the down low by the team for obvious reasons. Matt ended up being ridiculed by the fans, myself included,  for being a shell of the player he was the previous year. Despite the criticism Matt soldiered on through the injuries and really did put up great numbers, including some more playoff magic when he scored the Series winning goal against Wheeling in Double OT of Game 7 to advance the ‘Clones to the Conference Finals for the 2nd consecutive year.

This past Season Matt returned to the Fort Wayne Komets of the IHL, where he was a fan favorite, spending time there before he joined the Cyclones in 2007. Matt had many of the attributes necessary to play at the next level and despite receiving a long term call up from Norfolk, I question his return to the IHL and wonder where his hockey career might have been had he stuck it out in the ECHL, which is considered by many to be a higher League.

Matt will be best remembered by Cyclones fans for scoring the Championship clinching goal against Las Vegas in 2008.

CycWords would like to thank Matt for all of his hard work and effort with the Cyclones. We wish him the best of luck in all of his future endevours.

Thanks for the Memories Chico!

-Mike-

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