Assistant GM Mike Santos has worked closely with the Cyclones the past few years when he was with the Predators. The Cyclones have won two of the past three Kelly Cups (the ECHL championship) including last year.
The Panthers, one might recall, were affiliated with the old Cyclones of the IHL back in the franchise's early years.
The Panthers joined forces with the IHL Cyclones in May of 1993 -- six months before the Cats played their first game.
And according to Wikipedia, this current Cincinnati franchise was, for one year, known as the Miami Matadors.
It's the Circle of Life kids.