Royals sign D Larkin as rookie season looms

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, signed D Adam Larkin to an ECHL contract Tuesday. Larkin played the final two games of the 2017-18 regular season with the Royals. Reading claimed the 23-year-old off waivers from Adirondack Apr. 3 after Larkin scored one goal and two points with the Thunder in his first seven professional games. He finished his hockey career at Yale in March 2017.

Quick Q+A with Larkin

Why did you decide to re-sign with Reading?
“The coaching staff made it an easy decision for me to come back to the Royals. Though I was only in Reading for a week, I was able to get a feel for what the coaching staff likes, how they expect to play the game and what role they expect me to play in their game plan. The coaching staff and I agreed that I would be a good fit in their system and I really look forward to working with Coach MacDonald and Coach Wellar.”

How did playing the last month of the ECHL season help you after finishing your career at Yale
I think that it was great for me to see the difference between college hockey and pro hockey. Certainly, because of the number of games played in a year, the game is played very differently. It was great for me to get a taste of the pro game so that I could get acclimated and adjust my training over the summer so that I’m prepared for the grueling, 72-game season.”

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Larkin finished his senior season at Yale in March and triggered in a goal and seven points over 31 games. He made his professional debut with the Thunder on Mar. 9 vs. Manchester and earned his first professional goal and multi-point game Mar. 16 vs. Fort Wayne.

“Adam is coming off a very strong collegiate career and we’re looking forward to helping him develop in his first full season of professional hockey,” said Head Coach Kirk MacDonald. “It’s important he’s had a taste of the ECHL game and we are ready for him to continue that progression this season.”

In 2016-17, the Clarkston, MI native posted his best NCAA offensive numbers (3g, 11a) to lead the Yale blue line in scoring. Over four seasons with the Bulldogs, he earned five goals and 31 points in 126 games.

Prior to his collegiate career, Larkin skated for the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks in 2013-14 (3g, 12a). He is the older brother of Miami University goaltender Ryan Larkin. Adam’s cousin, Dylan, is a forward for the Detroit Red Wings.

First Home Game Oct. 13
The Royals will open the 2018-19 regular season at Santander Arena on Sat., Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Worcester Railers. The home opener will feature a special Block Party and “Red Carpet” presentation for the team.

Season tickets and mini-plans now on sale
Learn more about full-season and 9-game, 12-game and 18-game mini-plans by calling 610-898-7825.

About the Royals
The Royals have been owned by serial entrepreneur Jack Gulati since 2014 and are entering their 18th ECHL season. Proudly affiliated with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Reading plays in the Santander Arena, located in downtown Reading, PA at 700 Penn Street. The Royals won the Kelly Cup in 2013, have made the playoffs in nine straight seasons and are four-time division champions.

D Neville re-ups with Royals on ECHL deal

Found steady lineup spot on Reading blue line last season

Reading, PA – Reading Royals Head Coach Kirk MacDonald announced Thursday defenseman Nick Neville has agreed to terms on an ECHL contract with the Royals for the 2018-19 season. Neville skated in 36 games with Reading during the 2017-18 regular season (2a, +4 rating, 0 PIM) and added three postseason games to his résumé. Reading acquired the 25-year-old from South Carolina on Dec. 5. From Jan. 12 to Feb. 25, Neville played in 18 straight games and registered his first Royals point Feb. 2 at Norfolk.

“Coming to Reading was the best thing that’s happened to me in my career,” Neville said. “I was put into a situation with coaches that understood my game and allowed me to develop as a pro player. It was an easy decision to re-sign with Reading. I was very happy in my time there last year. With the players and staff around me in Reading, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

MacDonald added, “Nick was one of the most-improved players on the team last season and turned himself into an important piece for our club. We’re excited to have him be a part of our blue line again in the fall.”

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A native of Bloomfield Hills, MI, Neville is preparing for his third professional season. He signed his first professional contract with the South Carolina Stingrays in Oct. 2016 and registered two points in 18 games. Neville also appeared in seven games for the Peoria Rivermen (SPHL). Neville ascended from Peoria to South Carolina in Nov. 2017. After three games with South Carolina, the Royals acquired the 5-foot-11, 189-lb. blue liner.

In 57 ECHL games, Neville has notched four assists and a plus-four rating. At Denver from 2013-16, Neville recorded two goals, six points and a plus-five rating in 54 games. In the junior ranks, he skated with the Texas Tornado (NAHL), won the 2012 Robertson Cup and had 64 points (12 goals, 52 assists) from 2011-13.

Join special guest Steven Swavely on Fri., July 6 for Community Days
The Reading Royals encourage all fans to join us at the 2018 Greater Governor Mifflin Community Days Thurs., July 5 – Sat., July 7 at Governor Mifflin High School. Forward Steven Swavely will be there to meet fans on Fri., July 6 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The Royals will be there from 5:00-10:00 p.m. each night!

First Home Game Oct. 13
The Royals will open the 2018-19 regular season at Santander Arena on Sat., Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Worcester Railers. The home opener will feature a special Block Party and “Red Carpet” presentation for the team.

About the Royals
The Royals have been owned by serial entrepreneur Jack Gulati since 2014 and are entering their 18th ECHL season. Proudly affiliated with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Reading plays in the Santander Arena, located in downtown Reading, PA at 700 Penn Street. The Royals won the Kelly Cup in 2013, have made the playoffs in nine straight seasons and are four-time division champions.

Royals extend qualifying offers to eight

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals announced Monday the team extended qualifying offers to eight players.

Forwards (6): Michael Huntebrinker, Mark Naclerio, Brian Morgan, Viktor Liljegren, Brayden Low, Dillan Fox
Defenseman (1): Sam Posa
Goaltender (1): Branden Komm

Players who had already signed a contract by June 30 did not need to receive a qualifying offer.

Each team was entitled to reserve the rights to a maximum of eight qualified players. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four could be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the upcoming 2018-19 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until July 16 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player will retain the rights to that veteran until July 16. After July 16, if the veteran player is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.

If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 1, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

Royals at Community Days July 2-7, join special guest Steven Swavely on Fri.
The Reading Royals encourage all fans to join us at the 2018 Greater Governor Mifflin Community Days Mon., July 2 – Sat., July 7 at Governor Mifflin High School. Forward Steven Swavely will be there to meet fans on Fri., July 6 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The Royals will be there from 5:00-10:00 p.m. each night!

March in the Wyomissing 4th of July Parade with the Royals
Catch candy from Royals mascot Slapshot at the Wyomissing 4th of July Parade, which kicks off at 10:00 a.m. All Royals fans can march with the team; wear purple and RSVP by calling 610-898-7825 and meet us at 9:30 a.m. at the Atonement Lutheran Church on Wyomissing Boulevard.

First Home Game Oct. 13
The Royals will open the 2018-19 regular season at Santander Arena on Sat., Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Worcester Railers. The home opener will feature a special Block Party and “Red Carpet” presentation for the team.

About the Royals
The Royals have been owned by serial entrepreneur Jack Gulati since 2014 and are entering their 18th ECHL season. Proudly affiliated with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Reading plays in the Santander Arena, located in downtown Reading, PA at 700 Penn Street. The Royals won the Kelly Cup in 2013, have made the playoffs in nine straight seasons and are four-time division champions.

Local defenseman Vasaturo signs contract with Royals

Sewell, NJ native inks for first full season in Reading

Reading, PA – Defenseman Charlie Vasaturo has signed an ECHL contract with the Reading Royals, Head Coach Kirk MacDonald announced Friday. The Royals acquired the native of Sewell, NJ from Kalamazoo in Mar. 2018 at the ECHL trade deadline in exchange for future considerations. He completed the 2017-18 regular season with the Royals (8 GP, 2 PIM) and skated in four playoff contests. Vasaturo has qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of his first three professional campaigns.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to come back and be a part of such a great locker room and coaching staff,” Vasaturo explained. “Even though it was only for a few weeks, I had an awesome experience with such a tight-knit group of players and staff members last spring. I’m enthusiastic to have the privilege to play for the organization once again this upcoming season.”

“Charlie gives us a solid contributor on the back end that is essential for a winning team,” MacDonald said. “We’re excited to have him for a full season after getting him at the trading deadline.”

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Prior to his acquisition, the 27-year-old played for Kalamazoo from 2015-18. In 2017-18, he scored one goal and eight points in 50 games with the Wings. The season prior, he dressed in all 72 regular season games for Kalamazoo and established career highs with seven goals and 16 points.

Vasaturo has whipped in 12 goals, 35 points and 88 PIM in 167 ECHL games. In 16 career Kelly Cup Playoff games, Vasaturo has two goals.

Among notable amateur accolades, the 6-foot-2, 205-lb. blueliner won the 2014 NCAA National Championship with Union College and captained the Dutchmen in 2014-15. Vasaturo registered 12 goals and 35 points over four seasons at Union. He was also an alternate captain with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL) in 2010-11 prior to enrolling at Union.

Royals at Community Days July 2-7, join special guest Steven Swavely on Fri.
The Reading Royals encourage all fans to join us at the 2018 Greater Governor Mifflin Community Days Mon., July 2 – Sat., July 7 at Governor Mifflin High School. Forward Steven Swavely will be there to meet fans on Fri., July 6 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The Royals will be there from 5:00-10:00 p.m. each night!

March in the Wyomissing 4th of July Parade with the Royals
Catch candy from Royals mascot Slapshot at the Wyomissing 4th of July Parade, which kicks off at 10:00 a.m. All Royals fans can march with the team; wear purple and RSVP by calling 610-898-7825 and meet us at 9:30 a.m. at the Atonement Lutheran Church on Wyomissing Boulevard.

First Home Game Oct. 13
The Royals will open the 2018-19 regular season at Santander Arena on Sat., Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Worcester Railers. The home opener will feature a special Block Party and “Red Carpet” presentation for the team.

About the Royals
The Royals have been owned by serial entrepreneur Jack Gulati since 2014 and are entering their 18th ECHL season. Proudly affiliated with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Reading plays in the Santander Arena, located in downtown Reading, PA at 700 Penn Street. The Royals won the Kelly Cup in 2013, have made the playoffs in nine straight seasons and are four-time division champions.

 

 

Royals announce pair of preseason games against Adirondack

Reading is home Oct. 6  vs. Thunder

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, announced Thursday the team will host the Adirondack Thunder for a home preseason game at Santander Arena on Sat., Oct. 6 at 7:00 p.m. Details about tickets to the game will be announced at a later date.

The Royals are at Adirondack on Fri., Oct. 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Reading’s regular season begins with a mammoth opening weekend vs. Worcester on Sat., Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 14 at 5:00 p.m. Festivities on the 13th include a special pregame “red carpet” presentation for the new team and a block party with food, drinks and entertainment.

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Head Coach Kirk MacDonald has started to assemble the 2018-19 squad, signing forwards Jack Riley and Adam Schmidt. Each played for Reading last season. The Royals will announce their next player signing Fri., June 29 at 4:00 p.m.

March in the Wyomissing 4th of July Parade with the Royals
Catch candy from Royals mascot Slapshot at the Wyomissing 4th of July Parade, which kicks off at 10:00 a.m. All Royals fans can march with the team; wear purple and RSVP by calling 610-898-7825 and meet us at 9:30 a.m. at the Atonement Lutheran Church on Wyomissing Boulevard.

Royals at Community Days July 2-7, join special guest Steven Swavely on Fri.
The Reading Royals encourage all fans to join us at the 2018 Greater Governor Mifflin Community Days Mon., July 2 – Sat., July 7 at Governor Mifflin High School. Forward Steven Swavely will be there to meet fans on Fri., July 6 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The Royals will be there from 5:00-10:00 p.m. each night!

About the Royals
The Royals have been owned by serial entrepreneur Jack Gulati since 2014 and are entering their 18th ECHL season. Proudly affiliated with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Reading plays in the Santander Arena, located in downtown Reading, PA at 700 Penn Street. The Royals won the Kelly Cup in 2013, have made the playoffs in nine straight seasons and are four-time division champions.

Royals agree to terms with rookie F Riley

Played final three weeks of 2017-18 with Reading 

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, announced Tuesday the team signed forward Jack Riley to an ECHL contract for the 2018-19 season. In five ECHL games last season, Riley generated two goals and five points. He scored goals in the final two games of the regular season against Norfolk. Riley signed with the Royals on Mar. 21 after completing his senior campaign at Mercyhurst.

“I’m extremely excited to be back in Reading this year,” Riley said. “Having the opportunity to get my first taste of pro hockey at the end of the last season was big. I was able to come in and get familiar with the Royals’ systems and what the coaches expect out of their players.”

“Jack provided an instant impact for us when he joined late last season,” said Royals Head Coach Kirk MacDonald. “His character on and off the ice is superb and we expect him to be a key contributor this season.”

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The 25-year-old was Mercyhurst Captain his last two seasons at the school. In 2017-18, he ranked second on the team with 16 goals and 31 points, both personal NCAA highs. In March 2018, Atlantic Hockey honored Riley as “Best Defensive Forward.”

Riley is a native of West Point, NY. His father, Brian, has been the Men’s Hockey Head Coach at Army since 2004. His grandfather, Jack, coached the United States Men’s Olympic Hockey Team to its first Gold Medal at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics and served as Army Head Coach from 1950-86.

The 5-foot-11, 185-lb. forward spent five seasons at Mercyhurst. During his first campaign, Riley played in seven games, recorded an assist and missed the rest of the season due to injuries. After earning a redshirt, Riley skated in 150 games, scored 41 goals and racked up 101 points over the next four seasons. He was named to the AHA All-Rookie Team in 2014-15 (9g, 15a). During 2015-16, he skated in all 36 Lakers games.

Royals at Community Days July 2-7, join special guest Steven Swavely on Fri.
The Reading Royals encourage all fans to join us at the 2018 Greater Governor Mifflin Community Days Mon., July 2 – Sat., July 7 at Governor Mifflin High School. Forward Steven Swavely will be there to meet fans on Fri., July 6 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The Royals will be there from 5:00-10:00 p.m. each night!

March in the Wyomissing 4th of July Parade with the Royals
Catch candy from Royals mascot Slapshot at the Wyomissing 4th of July Parade, which kicks off at 10:00 a.m. All Royals fans can march with the team; wear purple and RSVP by calling 610-898-7825 and meet us at 9:30 a.m. at the Atonement Lutheran Church on Wyomissing Boulevard.

First Home Game Oct. 13
The Royals will open the 2018-19 regular season at Santander Arena on Sat., Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Worcester Railers. The home opener will feature a special Block Party and “Red Carpet” presentation for the team.

About the Royals
The Royals have been owned by serial entrepreneur Jack Gulati since 2014 and are entering their 18th ECHL season. Proudly affiliated with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Reading plays in the Santander Arena, located in downtown Reading, PA at 700 Penn Street. The Royals won the Kelly Cup in 2013, have made the playoffs in nine straight seasons and are four-time division champions.

Royals excited for 2018 Community Days July 2-7 

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals encourage all fans to join us at the 2018 Greater Governor Mifflin Community Days Mon., July 2 – Sat., July 7 at Governor Mifflin High School. The Royals will be there from 5:00-10:00 p.m. each night!

Catch candy from Royals mascot Slapshot at the Wyomissing 4th of July Parade, which kicks off at 10:00 a.m. All Royals fans can march with the team; wear purple and RSVP by calling 610-898-7825 and meet us at 9:30 a.m. at the Atonement Lutheran Church on Wyomissing Boulevard. After the parade, come back from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on July 4th and get your picture taken with Slapshot!

Everyone is also invited to join the Royals on Sat., July 7 to enjoy the annual fireworks at dark.

Stay tuned to Royals social media pages for additional information on the fun happening at the Royals tent.

First Home Game Oct. 13
The Royals will open the 2018-19 regular season at Santander Arena on Sat., Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Worcester Railers. The home opener will feature a special Block Party and “Red Carpet” presentation for the team.

Flexible plans with the dates you want
Call 610-898-7825 to learn more about 9-game, 12-game and 18-game mini-plans for the 2018-19 season.

2018-19 season tickets now available
Top full-season benefits include: exclusive Reading Hockey Club per seat gift, discounted rate off regular ticket prices, ticket exchange, preseason meet and greet, exclusive season ticket holder events, advanced entry and a chance to win and the Royals Owner’s Suite for a game. Call 610-898-7825 and visit to join the Royals family or renew season tickets for the 2018-19 season. Visit royalshockey.com/tickets/season-tickets to learn more.

About the Royals
The Royals have been owned by serial entrepreneur Jack Gulati since 2014 and are entering their 18th ECHL season. Proudly affiliated with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Reading plays in the Santander Arena, located in downtown Reading, PA at 700 Penn Street. The Royals won the Kelly Cup in 2013, have made the playoffs in nine straight seasons and are four-time division champions.

Royals re-sign Adam Schmidt

Warrington, PA native is first to ink deal for 2018-19 season 

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals have agreed to terms on an ECHL contract with Warrington, PA native Adam Schmidt, the first player to sign with Reading for the 2018-19 season. Schmidt is back for his second season with the Royals and ranked fifth on the squad in goals (17) and points (44) over 58 games last season. The 27-year-old also topped Reading with three short-handed goals and received the team’s “Heart Award” in part for his role on the penalty kill (8th in ECHL, 84.4%).

“Last year was one that was very exciting for me playing around family and friends close to where I grew up,” explained Schmidt. “The coaching staff and players made it a very special one. I am very happy to be invited back by the organization and can’t wait.”

“We are thrilled to have Adam back for another season,” said Royals Head Coach Kirk MacDonald. “He brings elite skating ability and was excellent for us on the penalty kill last season. His hard work was a big reason why we made the playoffs.”

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Schmidt is entering his fifth professional season and second in North America; prior to skating for Reading, he competed in Sweden’s Allsvenskan league for a pair of clubs and combined to scored 46 goals and 82 points in 151 games. In 2015-16, Schmidt tied for HC Vita Hästen’s team lead with 19 goals.

The College of the Holy Cross graduate began his professional career in 2013-14 with the Worcester Sharks (AHL), netting a goal and three points in 14 games before heading to Sweden.

Schmidt stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 201 pounds. He is 27 years old.

At Holy Cross, Schmidt reached double digits in goals his final three seasons. He topped the Crusaders in goals and points as a sophomore and senior. Schmidt was named alternate captain his senior season and registered 14 goals and 29 points.

First Home Game Oct. 13
The Royals will open the 2018-19 regular season at Santander Arena on Sat., Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Worcester Railers. The home opener will feature a special Block Party and “Red Carpet” presentation for the team.

Flexible plans with the dates you want
Call 610-898-7825 to learn more about 9-game, 12-game and 18-game mini-plans for the 2018-19 season.

2018-19 season tickets now available
Top full-season benefits include: exclusive Reading Hockey Club per seat gift, discounted rate off regular ticket prices, ticket exchange, preseason meet and greet, exclusive season ticket holder events, advanced entry and a chance to win and the Royals Owner’s Suite for a game. Call 610-898-7825 and visit to join the Royals family or renew season tickets for the 2018-19 season. Visit royalshockey.com/tickets/season-tickets to learn more.

About the Royals
The Royals have been owned by serial entrepreneur Jack Gulati since 2014 and are entering their 18th ECHL season. Proudly affiliated with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Reading plays in the Santander Arena, located in downtown Reading, PA at 700 Penn Street. The Royals won the Kelly Cup in 2013, have made the playoffs in nine straight seasons and are four-time division champions.

 

 

 

 

Royals announce season-ending roster 

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, announced Monday the team’s season-ending roster, which includes 20 players.

Forwards (12): Dillan Fox, Adam Schmidt, Viktor Liljegren, Matt Wilkins, Brian Morgan, Michael Huntebrinker, Tyler Brown, Derek Whitmore, Scott Tanski, Brayden Low, Mark Naclerio, Jack Riley

Defensemen (7): Nick Neville, Stephen Johnson, Charlie Vasaturo, Nick Luukko, Sam Posa, Loic Leduc, Mike Krieg

Goaltender (1):  Branden Komm

Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players. Season-Ending Rosters cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2017-18.

Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from the list of 20 by extending a qualifying offer no later than June 30. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the 2018-19 Season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to July 1.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player, or to a goaltender who has played more than 180 regular-season games, will retain the rights to that player until Aug. 1. After Aug. 1, if the veteran player or goaltender is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran or goaltender shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.

If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

First Home Game Oct. 13
The Royals will open the 2018-19 regular season at Santander Arena on Sat., Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Worcester Railers. The home opener will feature a special Block Party and “Red Carpet” presentation for the team.

Flexible plans with the dates you want
Call 610-898-7825 to learn more about 9-game, 12-game and 18-game mini-plans for the 2018-19 season.

2018-19 season tickets now available
Top full-season benefits include: exclusive Reading Hockey Club per seat gift, discounted rate off regular ticket prices, ticket exchange, preseason meet and greet, exclusive season ticket holder events, advanced entry and a chance to win and the Royals Owner’s Suite for a game. Call 610-898-7825 and visit to join the Royals family or renew season tickets for the 2018-19 season. Visit royalshockey.com/tickets/season-tickets to learn more.

About the Royals
The Royals have been owned by serial entrepreneur Jack Gulati since 2014 and are entering their 18th ECHL season. Proudly affiliated with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Reading plays in the Santander Arena, located in downtown Reading, PA at 700 Penn Street. The Royals won the Kelly Cup in 2013, have made the playoffs in nine straight seasons and are four-time division champions.

 

 

Royals finalize four future considerations trades

 

Reading picks up F Low from Wichita 

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, announced Wednesday the team has completed four future considerations trades. In one of the deals, Reading acquired forward Brayden Low from Wichita, finalizing a deal from Jan. 2 in which the Royals traded F Colin Martin to the Thunder for future considerations.

Low skated for Wichita and Quad City last season and combined for 18 goals and 42 points in 69 games. He scored one goal and three points with the Thunder in the final 11 games of the regular season. In four postseason contests, the 24-year-old recorded a goal and two points.

In 111 career ECHL games, the native of Richmond, BC has scored 21 goals and 49 points. Low stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 201 pounds.

To complete the three other future considerations deals, Reading also announced the following moves.

Reading traded D Chase Golightly to Brampton to conclude its trade from Dec. 13, 2017 in which the Royals acquired F Colin Martin from the Beast. Golightly skated in 62 regular season games in two seasons with Reading (1g, 13 pts.).

The Royals dealt F Mark Bennett to Orlando, finalizing a deal from Dec. 28, 2017 that had the AHL contract of D Matias Cleland reassigned to Reading. Cleland played the final 42 regular season games with the Royals, creating one goal, 14 points and a plus-14 rating.  Bennett scored four goals and 14 points in 27 games with Reading.

Reading sent F Ryan Penny to Kalamazoo, which completes a trade from Mar. 8 with the Wings that moved D Charlie Vasaturo to Reading. Vasaturo, a native of Sewell, NJ, competed in four Kelly Cup Playoff games and eight regular season contests with the Royals. Penny skated for Reading from 2015-17 and registered 41 goals and 83 points in 125 regular season games.

First Home Game Oct. 13
The Royals will open the 2018-19 regular season at Santander Arena on Sat., Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Worcester Railers. The home opener will feature a special Block Party and “Red Carpet” presentation for the team.

Flexible plans with the dates you want
Call 610-898-7825 to learn more about 9-game, 12-game and 18-game mini-plans for the 2018-19 season!

2018-19 season tickets now available
Top full-season benefits include: exclusive Reading Hockey Club per seat gift, discounted rate off regular ticket prices, ticket exchange, preseason meet and greet, exclusive season ticket holder events, advanced entry and a chance to win and the Royals Owner’s Suite for a game. Call 610-898-7825 and visit to join the Royals family or renew season tickets for the 2018-19 season. Visit royalshockey.com/tickets/season-tickets to learn more.

About the Royals
The Royals have been owned by serial entrepreneur Jack Gulati since 2014 and are entering their 18th ECHL season. Proudly affiliated with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Reading plays in the Santander Arena, located in downtown Reading, PA at 700 Penn Street. The Royals won the Kelly Cup in 2013, have made the playoffs in nine straight seasons and are four-time division champions.

 

 

Former Royals G Grubauer wins Stanley Cup with Washington

Reading, PA – Former Reading Royals goaltender Philipp Grubauer became the fifth former Royals player to win the Stanley Cup Wednesday as the Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights, 4-3, in Game 5 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena. Grubauer played for the Royals in 2012-13. This season for Washington, he appeared in 35 regular season games (15-10-3 record, 2.35 GAA, .923 sv.%) and a pair of playoff contests. This Stanley Cup Final featured the first-ever matchup of former Royals players; Vegas defenseman Deryk Engelland skated for the Royals in 2006-07.

Former Royals players to win Stanley Cup
F George Parros          Anaheim Ducks           2007
F Rich Peverley           Boston Bruins              2011
F Scott Parse               Los Angeles Kings        2012
G Jonathan Quick        Los Angeles Kings        2012, 2014 (2012 Conn Smythe Award)
G Philipp Grubauer     Washington Capitals   2018

Grubauer is 27 years old, stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 191 pounds. He has played in six NHL seasons for the Capitals and made his NHL debut in 2012-13 (2 GP). That same season, the native of Rosenheim, Germany played 26 games for Reading, registering a 19-5-1-0 record, 2.30 goals against average and .912 save percentage.

Former Royals Head Coach Derek Clancey won the Stanley Cup three times as a scout with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Flexible plans with the dates you want
Call 610-898-7825 to learn more about 9-game, 12-game and 18-game mini-plans for the 2018-19 season!

2018-19 season tickets now available
Top full-season benefits include: exclusive Reading Hockey Club per seat gift, discounted rate off regular ticket prices, ticket exchange, preseason meet and greet, exclusive season ticket holder events, advanced entry and a chance to win and the Royals Owner’s Suite for a game. Call 610-898-7825 and visit to join the Royals family or renew season tickets for the 2018-19 season. Visit royalshockey.com/tickets/season-tickets to learn more.

About the Royals
The Royals have been owned by serial entrepreneur Jack Gulati since 2014 and are in their 17th ECHL season. Proudly affiliated with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Reading plays in the Santander Arena, located in downtown Reading, PA at 700 Penn Street. The Royals won the Kelly Cup in 2013, have made the playoffs in nine straight seasons and are four-time division champions.

Royals release 2018 Protected List

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, announced Monday the team’s 2018 Protected List. Reading has retained the rights to 27 players. Twenty-two of the players on the list skated for the Royals in the 2017-18 season.

Forwards (17): Dillan Fox, Adam Schmidt, Viktor Liljegren, Ryan Penny, Matt Wilkins, Brian Morgan, Michael Huntebrinker, Mark Bennett, Tyler Brown, Derek Whitmore, Scott Tanski, Mark Naclerio, Jack Riley, Mike Pereira, Adam Brace, Ian Watters, Sebastien Sylvestre

Defensemen (9): Nick Neville, Stephen Johnson, Chase Golightly, Charlie Vasaturo, Nick Luukko, Sam Posa, Loic Leduc, Mike Krieg, Florian Iberer

Goaltender (1): Branden Komm

Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association which state that teams shall retain the rights to each player that:

1. Signed an SPC in 2017-18 with the Member, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed an SPC in 2017-18, and was recalled to the NHL/AHL or IIHF team, and has not been traded or released, OR

3. Had received a Qualifying Offer last summer for the current Season, DID NOT sign an SPC, and has not been traded or released, OR

4. Has been suspended by the Member or League, and has not been traded or released, OR

5. Signed an SPC on or after the first day of the 2017-18 Regular Season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

6. Has executed the ECHL Retirement Form, and has not been traded or released.

Protected lists may exceed 20 players.

The ECHL also announced that teams must complete all Future Consideration trades by 3 p.m. ET on June 13 and that teams must submit their Season-Ending Roster by 3 p.m. ET on June 15.

Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2017-18.

Sync the 2018-19 Royals schedule to your phone and computer
The 2018-19 schedule has been released. Sync it to your smartphone and computer here.

Opening Weekend Oct. 13-14
The Royals begin the 2018-19 season with a mammoth opening weekend at Santander Arena vs. the Worcester Railers on Sat., Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 14 at 5:00 p.m. The home schedule consists of ten Friday contests and 13 premier Saturday games. Season ticket packages and nine, 12 and 18-game mini plans are available by calling 610-898-7825.

Relay for Life with the Royals
Join the Royals’ Relay for Life team here and help us find a cure to beat cancer! The Royals and American Cancer Society will partner for three games at Santander Arena in 2018-19:
– Men’s Cancer Awareness Night (Movember) on Sat., Nov. 10 vs. Adirondack at 7:00 p.m.
– Pink in the Rink Night on Sat., Feb. 9 vs. Brampton at 7:00 p.m.
– American Cancer Society Night on Sat., Mar. 23 vs. St. John’s at 7:00 p.m.

Dates of upcoming Relay for Life events:
Sat., June 9   – Relay for Life of Exeter 10:00 AM

Fri., June 15 – Relay for Life of Western Berks 5:00 PM

Sat., June 23 – Relay for Life of Boyertown 10:00 AM

 

About the Royals
The Royals have been owned by serial entrepreneur Jack Gulati since 2014 and are in their 17th ECHL season. Proudly affiliated with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Reading plays in the Santander Arena, located in downtown Reading, PA at 700 Penn Street. The Royals won the Kelly Cup in 2013, have made the playoffs in nine straight seasons and are four-time division champions.