Sudbury Cyclones Reveal Inaugural Branding
The first expansion side to grace League2 Ontario has officially revealed its inaugural season branding and crest heading into 2024.
The Sudbury Cyclones showed off their first ever logo alongside hints at possible kits and other merch offerings, with the team adopting a green and dark blue colour motif as its primary colours.
Briefly teased yesterday afternoon X (formerly Twitter) by the Cyclones’ official account, the reveal party was hosted at Greater Sports Apparel in the New Sudbury Centre. Unveiled was a sleek and modern crest with a cyclone front and centre alongside a new team hashtag, #SeekShelter, which plays off of the team’s storm motif.
Accenting this new crest are the team’s three main colours, navy blue, neon green, while a light grey contrast with its darker cousins.
‘Hidden’ in the background of one of the photos posted to X include a possible leak of sorts towards a team jersey with a beautiful green-blue fade, however it seems that the club is still seeking primary sponsors for its inaugural kit.
A full selection of merchandise offering are available in-store at Greater Sudbury Apparel as well as on their website, here.
The team also revealed key parts of their 2024 roster and coaching staff with Sudbury’s own Giuseppe Politi taking the helm, assisted by Evan Phillips who also serves as Laurentian University goalkeeper coach. The club has also announced Michael Marcantognini and Nipissing Lakers veteran Jack Collins as the club’s first signings.
Marcantognini spent his university days with the Michigan State Spartans where the midfielder registered one goal and three assists over his four-year tenure in the Big Ten Conference, including assisting the side to an NCAA Quarterfinal appearance.
Collins comes to the Nickel City with professional experience under his belt: the Essex, UK native spent six years within the Ottawa Fury organization before signing with the aforementioned Lakers and the now-folded Electric City FC.
During his time with Nipissing University, Collins was named OUA Rookie of the Year, Nipissing MVP, and an OUA All-Star. Collins helped lead Nipissing to the OUA Playoffs in his rookie season where they eventually fell in the quarters 5-1 to Carleton.
The expansion side is run by SW Sports and Entertainment, who hope to create a matchday experience that will prove a big draw in The Big Nickel. Dario Zulich and Bob Johnston are no strangers to sporting ventures in the area, also having stakes in the Sudbury Wolves Hockey Club, Sudbury Five Basketball Club, and Sudbury Spartans Football Club.
SWSE’s also have ambitious plans for the Cyclones going forward with the ownership group preparing to use other club assets to help the Cyclones such as the OHL Wolves’ team bus to transport their L2O brethren to-and-from road matches. They are also planning to expand the amenities and facilities at the James Jerome Sports Complex including by adding more permanent features like VIP seating/boxes and a press box.
The Sudbury Cyclones and the rest of their League2 Ontario counterparts are set to kick off the first ever season of promotion-relegation soccer in Ontario this spring. Playing alongside the Cyclones in L2O are Rush Canada (Oakville) and Dutch Connections FC (Scarborough), as well as the reserve sides from any and all L1O-Championship or L1O-Premiership teams.
More information, including a league-wide schedule reveal, is due to arrive soon as the league prepares for the single-biggest shift in the Canadian football world since the creation of the Canadian Premier League.