Cirella is entering his second season in Stockton after joining Cail MacLean’s staff as an Assistant Coach with the Heat prior to the 2018-19 campaign, his first year coaching in the pros since serving as an Assistant Coach with the Florida Panthers in 1997-98.
Cirella suited up as a defenseman in the National Hockey League from 1982 to 1996 after being drafted in the first round, fifth overall by the Colorado Rockies in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, totaling 828 games played, scoring 64 goals and recording 275 points.
Since retiring in 1997 after a season in Germany, Cirella joined the Florida Panthers as an Assistant Coach before moving to his former junior club, the Oshawa Generals of the OHL, where he served as an Assistant Coach for six seasons from 1998 to 2004.
After a season in Peterborough in 2009, Cirella rejoined the Oshawa Generals in 2010 as an Assistant Coach and would add the Assistant General Manager position to his title in his second season back before moving to Sault Ste. Marie to serve as the Greyhounds Associate Coach for the last six seasons where Sault Ste. Marie made the playoffs each year.