Hockey Staff

Kirk MacDonald

Kirk MacDonald

Interim Head Coach

This will mark the second pro coaching experience for MacDonald (31), who hails from Victoria, British Columbia. In 2013-14, he served as an assistant coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
As a pro player, MacDonald recorded 217 points (96g-121) and 358 penalty minutes in 406 games over seven-plus seasons. 272 of those games were played with four different teams in the AHL, where he registered 106 points (45g-61a) and 210 penalty minutes. MacDonald also played twenty-four post-season games in the AHL. In the ECHL, MacDonald had two stints with the Royals and one was during the 2012-13 Championship season. MacDonald racked up thirty-eight points (16g-22a) and 57 penalty minutes in forty-seven regular season games with the Royals in 2012-2013. MacDonald played all twenty-two playoff games for the Royals in that year’s playoff run, recording twelve points (4g-8a) and thirty penalty minutes. Two of MacDonald’s goals came while the Royals were playing short-handed, one of which proved to be the game winning goal in the decisive Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cincinnati Cyclones.

Prior to turning pro, MacDonald had a stellar four season and five year career at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After leading R.P.I. in goals (16) and points (36)—and being selected the team’s MVP—in his junior season (2004-05), MacDonald was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which kept him out of action the following year. In 2006-07, MacDonald returned for his senior season, leading the team in goals (12) and tied for the team lead in points (27). For his efforts, MacDonald, who served as the team captain that season, was voted as R.P.I.’s Most Inspirational Player. That year, MacDonald received the Livingston W. Houston Citizenship Award at RPI honoring the ‘First Citizen of the College,” for character, leadership, scholarship and athletic ability and was also a finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian Award, which is awarded to college hockey’s finest citizen.

Patrick Wellar

Patrick Wellar

Assistant Coach

Patrick Wellar (33), who hails from Carrot River, Saskatchewan, rejoined the Royals on June 13, 2017, after serving as an assistant coach last season for the Cincinnati Cyclones where he and Head Coach Matt MacDonald led the Cyclones to a record of 36-29-6-1 = 79 and a fifth place finish in the South Division of the ECHL’s Eastern Conference.

Wellar began his coaching career with the Cyclones after completing a twelve year professional playing career during which he was a member of four championship teams, including the 2013 Royals when he and Reading Head Coach Kirk MacDonald were integral members of the Royals’ Kelly Cup championship team. A third round pick of the Washington Capitals in 2002, Wellar logged almost 750 regular season pro games, which included over 300 in the American Hockey League. Wellar played in six separate seasons with the Hershey Bears, where he logged thirty-six post-season games including twenty-one in 2010 when the Bears captured the AHL’s Calder Cup.

Wellar also played 441 regular season games in the ECHL, which included two stints with the Royals. One of only three players in ECHL league history to claim the Kelly Cup Championship three times, Wellar won his first championship in 2006 with the Alaska Aces. In 2008-09, Wellar began the year with the Royals playing twenty-five games with Reading (1g-7a=8pts, 47 pims) before getting recalled to Hershey and ultimately reassigned to the South Carolina Stingrays, who went on to claim the 2009 ECHL championship. Wellar returned to Reading for the 2012-13 season when he played thirty-seven regular season games (2g-13a=15pts, 45 pims) before being recalled once again to Hershey. However, this time after completing the year with the Bears, Wellar returned to the Royals just in time for Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Cincinnati Cyclones. Wellar and his teammates were able to not only knock off the Cyclones in that series in five games, but did the same to the Stockton Thunder in the 2013 Kelly Cup Finals.

PATRICK WELLAR’S PLAYING CAREER

 Selected by Washington Capitals, Third Round (#77 Overall), NHL Entry Draft (2002)
 Selected, Team Captain, Calgary Hitmen, Western Hockey League (2003-04)
 Selected to Represent Peoria Rivermen, ECHL All-Star Game, Reading, PA (2005)
 Member, Kelly Cup Championship Team, Alaska Aces, ECHL (2006)
 Led Team, Scoring by a Defenseman (8g-20a=28pts), Columbia Inferno, ECHL (2007-08)
 Member, Kelly Cup Championship Team, South Carolina Stingrays, ECHL (2009)
 Member, Calder Cup Championship Team, Hershey Bears, AHL (2010)
 Third on Team, Penalty Minutes (120), Hershey Bears, AHL (2010-11)
 Member, Kelly Cup Championship Team, Reading Royals (2013)

Jason MacDonald

Jason MacDonald

Head Equipment Manager

This will be Jason’s first season with the Royals, but has been around the hockey operations world for over a decade. Prior to joining the Royals, the Detroit, Michigan native spent time in the NHL with the Florida Panthers, serving as an Assistant Equipment Manager. Before his time in the NHL, he served as Head Equipment Manager with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades for Three Seasons, as well as working in the Central Hockey League with the Fort Worth Brahmas during the 2005-06 campaign. From 2001-05, Jason worked as an assistant equipment manager for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

Melanie Sowa

Melanie Sowa

Licensed Massage Therapist

Owner of Melt Massage
Graduate of Berks Technical Institute
Massage Therapy - www.meltwithmel.massagetherapy.com
Member of ABMP
2016-17 will be Melanie’s 3rd season. Whether her clients are elite athletes, take part in sports socially, or someone who spends all day in an office or a car they will benefit from her massage treatments. Melanie’s objective is to improve quality of life by relieving pain from the body and soul. She started out at a fitness center where she began building her client base and now owns her own Business, Melt Massage in West Lawn, Pa. She has been in business for five years. Her modalities include Deep Tissue, Sports, Bamboo, Hot-Stone, Ashiatsu, Therapeutic, Remedial, and Relaxation Massage. She also teaches at Berks Technical institute. She was born and raised in Berks County and currently resides in Shillington, Pa.

Terry Denike

Terry Denike

Goaltending Coach

A former Reading Royal, Terry Denike has been the team’s goalie coach since the 2014-2015 season.
Prior to his coaching career, Terry played five seasons of professional hockey and made his pro debut with the Reading Royals during the 2003-04 season. He spent the following two seasons in the SPHL, reaching the league finals with the Macon Trax in 2004-05 and again with the Florida Seals in 2005-06. Terry was recognized as the Team MVP and the SPHL Goalie of the Year in 2005-2006, when he set a league record for wins (28). In 2006-07, Terry returned to the ECHL and reached another championship series by helping the Dayton Bombers advance to the Kelly Cup Finals. The next season, Terry had the opportunity to play for the Reading Royals again and decided to finish his career where it had begun. Terry was named the team’s Community Service award winner that season.
Prior to playing professionally, Denike played for the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League from 1998 to 2001. During his junior career, he helped his team reach the league finals in 1999-2000, and then win the 2000-2001 league championship Membercare cup. The same year, his team won the Anavet Cup (vs. Manitoba League Champion) and as a result, qualified to compete for the National Championship Royal Bank Cup. Terry was presented the 2001 SJHL Goalie of the year, Team MVP and Community Service award.
Terry accepted a full scholarship to NCAA Division I Lake Superior State University (CCHA) and was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 5th round of the 2001 NHL Draft. In 2003, Terry attended NHL Training Camp with the Los Angeles Kings before signing a two-way contract with the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) and Reading Royals (ECHL).
Terry is now a pillar in the Berks County hockey community. He runs his own business - an elite goaltending school that he established in 2011, the director of youth hockey at Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex, and the goalie coach for several youth travel organizations in the area.