Royals training camp kicks off Sept. 29 at Body Zone

Full camp schedule below, fans free to attend

Reading, PA – Reading Royals Head Coach Kirk MacDonald announced Thursday the Royals will kick off 2018 training camp at Body Zone Sports & Wellness on Sat., Sept. 29 at 2:00 p.m. Fans are free to attend all practices during training camp. Single-game tickets are now on sale for the 2018-19 Royals regular season, available for purchase at Ticketmaster.com and the Weidenhammer Box Office at Santander Arena. Visit the Royals offices at Santander Arena between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for tickets or call 610-898-7825.

Training Camp Schedule
Sat., Sept. 29 – 2:00-3:30 p.m. (Body Zone)
Sun., Sept. 30 – 1:00-2:30 p.m. (Body Zone)
Mon., Oct. 1 – 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Santander Arena)
Tues., Oct. 2 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Santander Arena)
Wed., Oct. 3 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Santander Arena)
Thurs., Oct. 4 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Santander Arena)

Preseason Game at Adirondack:  Fri., Oct. 5 – 7:00 p.m. (Listen on Mixlr.com/ReadingRoyals)
Preseason Game vs. Adirondack: Sat., Oct. 6 – 7:00 p.m. (Free admission with donation of canned goods)

The Royals training camp slate features practices every day from Sept. 29 – Oct. 4. On Oct. 5-6, the Royals have a pair of preseason games vs. Adirondack. Reading hosts Adirondack for the only home exhibition game at Santander Arena on Sat., Oct. 6 at 7:00 p.m. Admission to the preseason game is free with the donation of a canned good.

View the full Royals Theme Night schedule here.

Opening Weekend, presented by Met-Ed
Season Opener: Sat., Oct. 13, 7:00 p.m.
Block party 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Food and drinks available | Performance by the Uptown Band | Attempt at setting the World Record for most cowbells played at a time | Cowbell giveaway (first 6,500 fans) | Red carpet introduction for the players

Philadelphia Eagles Legends Night (Vince Papale and Bill Bergey): Oct. 14, 5:00 p.m.
Pregame tailgate 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Appearance by Eagles legends Vince Papale and Bill Bergey | National cornhole tournament

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 theme night schedule, single-game tickets are now on sale

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals announced Monday the team’s theme night schedule for the 2018-19 season and that single-game tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.com (http://bit.ly/RoyalsTickets) and the Weidenhammer Box Office at Santander Arena. Visit the Royals offices at Santander Arena between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for tickets or call 610-898-7825.

View the full Royals Theme Night schedule here.

Opening Weekend, presented by Met-Ed
Season Opener: Sat., Oct. 13, 7:00 p.m.
Block party 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Food and drinks available | Performance by the Uptown Band | Attempt at setting the World Record for most cowbells played at a time | Cowbell giveaway (first 6,500 fans) | Red carpet introduction for the players

Philadelphia Eagles Legends Night (Vince Papale and Bill Bergey): Oct. 14, 5:00 p.m.
Pregame tailgate 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Appearance by Eagles legends Vince Papale and Bill Bergey | National cornhole tournament

TV Shows/Movies
Star Wars Night: Sat., Oct. 27
Nickelodeon Night featuring Spongebob: Sun., Dec. 16
Marvel Super Hero Night featuring Black Panther Jerseys: Sat., Feb. 2
Nickelodeon Night featuring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Sun., Mar. 24

Charitable Causes
Movember Men’s Cancer Awareness: Sat., Nov. 10
Special Olympics Night: Fri., Nov. 16
Pink in the Rink: Sat., Feb. 9
Mental Health Awareness Night: Fri., Mar. 15
American Cancer Society Night: Sat., Mar. 23
Autism Awareness Night: Sat., Mar. 30

Holiday Games
Halloween Night: Sun., Oct. 28
Veteran’s Day: Sat., Nov. 17
Teddy Bear Toss/Christmas Ugly Sweater Night: Sat., Dec. 15
St. Hat Trick’s Day: Sat., Mar. 16

Reading hosts Adirondack for the only home exhibition game at Santander Arena on Sat., Oct. 6 at 7:00 p.m. Admission to the preseason game is free with the donation of a canned good.

Season tickets and mini-plans are on sale by calling 610-898-7825 (PUCK).

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 with a performance by the “Uptown Band” and a 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 will be at Fall Festival in West Reading Saturday

Stop by Royals table, players and Coach MacDonald will be there

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals will take part in the 12th Annual West Reading Fall Festival this Saturday, Sept. 15, from 12:00 – 9:00 p.m. Stop by the Royals table throughout the event for a family-friendly day with food, crafts, music and more.

Additionally, Reading native and Royals forward Steven Swavely, forward Dillan Fox and Head Coach Kirk MacDonald will be at the event to meet fans. From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., fans can stop by Chatty Monks Brewing Company (610 Penn Ave., West Reading) to have drinks and food with Coach MacDonald, Swavely and Fox.

Need to Know
Royals table will be set up from 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Royals Head Coach Kirk MacDonald and forwards Steven Swavely and Dillan Fox will be upstairs at Chatty Monks Brewing Company from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Buy a drink, order some food and hang out with Coach, Steven and Dillan.

Season tickets and mini-plans are on sale by calling 610-898-7825 (PUCK).

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.

Reading introduces Royals Broadcast Network on Mixlr

Visit Mixlr.com/ReadingRoyals or download Mixlr App to listen

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, announced Thursday the team has launched the Royals Broadcast Network on Mixlr.com/ReadingRoyals and the Mixlr App. The network will host all Royals audio content, including games, Royals Radio Recon and the “Bird & Berbs Podcast.”

2 Ways To Listen
1) Visit: Mixlr.com/ReadingRoyals and hit the play or Listen Live button.

OR

2) Download: The Mixlr app for free at the App Store or Google Play and search “ReadingRoyals” to find Royals content.

Royals game broadcasts start 15 minutes before puck drop with Royals Pregame, hosted by David Fine and Pat Richards. A former USA Hockey Referee, Richards enters his 16th season as Royals Color Commentator. Fine readies for his second season handling play-by-play duties. ECHL.tv will provide a video stream of all Royals games and provides subscription-based watching packages.

“The Royals Broadcast Network on Mixlr is a ‘one-stop shop’ for all Royals content,” Fine said. “The network will be a tremendous listening experience for our fans and we are excited for our first game broadcast.”

In addition to game broadcasts, the Jimmy G’s Railroad House in Sinking Spring hosts Royals Radio Recon Tuesdays during the season from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Check out daily specials from the kitchen and on tap, plus meet Royals players and coaches at the show.

Season tickets and mini-plans are on sale by calling 610-898-7825 (PUCK).

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.

Defensemen Nekolenko joins Royals for 2018-19 season

Reading, PA – Reading Royals Head Coach Kirk MacDonald announced Tuesday the Royals have signed defenseman Ilya Nekolenko to a 2018-19 ECHL contract. A 25-year-old from Moscow, Russia, Nekolenko has played in the KHL for parts of the last six seasons, scoring two goals and six points in 91 games. He stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 220 pounds. Last season, Nekolenko appeared in 14 games for Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk. He has skated for six KHL teams but never played professionally in North America.

“Ilya has had a chance to get some playing time in one of the world’s best leagues and we expect there to be a transition as he comes to North America,” said MacDonald. “He will be put in a spot to succeed with the Royals and we look forward to watching him perform in a few weeks.”

Nekolenko has also skated in the VHL since 2014-15. In 2014, the left-handed shot won the MHL Championship with MHK Spartak Moskva. He represented Russia at the CCOA U20 Championships in 2011-12.

Updated Royals Roster
Forwards (12): #3 Chris McCarthy, #9 Brayden Low, #12 Steven Swavely, #14 Adam Schmidt, #18 Tyler Brown, #21 Frankie DiChiara, #24 Bo Pieper, #28 Brian Morgan, #29 Jack Riley, #61 Dillan Fox, #77 Shane Walsh, #86 Josh MacDonald

Defensemen (5): #2 Ilya Nekolenko, #4 Nick Neville, #6 Dan Milan, #7 Adam Larkin, #11 Charlie Vasaturo

Season tickets, group tickets and mini-plans are on sale by calling 610-898-7825 (PUCK).

Royals Open House + 50% Off Team Store Discount Sept. 8, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Royals will host an Open House for all fans on Sat., Sept. 8 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., the perfect chance to select your seats for the 2018-19 campaign. The Lion’s Den Team Store will have a 50% off clearance sale and any fan that refers another fan who purchases tickets will receive a team store gift card. Come by to learn about Royals ticket packages, select a seat for the spot you’ve been considering and reserve your group 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 announce “Bird and Berbs Podcast”

Equipment Manager Jason “J Bird” MacDonald and Athletic Trainer Sean “Berbs” Berberich are hosts

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, announced Friday the team will launch the “Bird and Berbs Podcast” on Sept. 4. The podcast will be hosted by Royals Equipment Manager Jason “J Bird” MacDonald and Sean “Berbs” Berberich. The show will take an inside-the-locker-room look at the Royals as they prepare for the 2018-19 season. Voice of the Royals David Fine will also be a contributor to the show.

Fans will be able to listen to the show through iTunes and Google Play, with additional listening links provided on social media and to the Royals Fan Email listserv.

“Jason and Sean are two of the most important people in the Royals organization,” Fine said. “We are really happy they will be able to share unique stories about their time with Reading. Be prepared for a few laughs along the way!”

MacDonald is entering his fourth season as the Royals Equipment Manager and has worked in hockey operations for 18 years. The Detroit, MI native was an assistant equipment manager with the NHL’s Florida Panthers from 2009-14. Prior to that, he was Head Equipment Manager for the Florida Everblades from 2006-09 and helped the team to the Brabham Cup in 2008-09. His ECHL teams have made the playoffs all six seasons he has been the head equipment manager.

Berberich starts his third season with the Royals in 2018-19. Before his time with Reading, Berberich was an athletic trainer with the Evansville Icemen. He also has hockey experience with the Washington Capitals and Charlotte Checkers. The Longwood University graduate has a master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a specialty in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention.

Season tickets and mini-plans are on sale by calling 610-898-7825 (PUCK).

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.

D Luukko, G Komm earn AHL deals with Lehigh Valley

Reading, PA – Defenseman Nick Luukko and goaltender Branden Komm have signed AHL deals with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the Philadelphia Flyers top affiliate announced Friday. Luukko is preparing for his fourth professional season; all have been with the Flyers organization. The West Chester, PA native is one of four Royals to skate in at least 200 games with Reading, ranking fourth in team history with 202 games played.

Last campaign, Luukko served as Royals alternate captain, skated in 67 games and produced a career-high 21 points (5g). He also skated in one game for the Phantoms. Luukko has played in seven career AHL games.

The Royals acquired Komm from Manchester in Feb. 2018; he compiled a 6-2-2-0 record and two shutouts (2.06 GAA, .936 sv.%) in Reading. He is the only netminder in team history to begin his Royals career with back-to-back shutouts and four straight wins. The Williamsville, NY native is slated to begin his fifth professional campaign.

Five players that appeared for Reading in 2017-18 have signed AHL deals this summer with Lehigh Valley: Komm, Luukko, Alex  Krushelnyski, Michael Huntebrinker and Frank Hora. The Royals have signed 16 players to ECHL contracts this offseason and agreed to terms with forward Josh MacDonald Thursday.

A former 2010 sixth-round pick of the Flyers, Luukko has recorded 15 goals, 55 points, 94 PIM and a plus-26 rating in his ECHL career. He stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 205 pounds.

At the University of Vermont, Luukko mixed in eight goals and 35 points in 131 games. He signed with the Flyers following the conclusion of his collegiate career and played in six games for the Phantoms in 2014-15. Luukko won the 2011 Clark Cup with the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) prior to enrolling at Vermont.

Komm netminded for four clubs in 2017-18 (29 GP) and registered a 14-9-4-0 mark, 2.60 goals against average and .917 save percentage. For his ECHL career, the 27-year-old is 47-38-9-2 with a 2.72 goals against average and .914 save percentage.

In 2016-17 with Idaho, Komm was tenth in the league with a 2.69 GAA and sixth in the circuit with a .917 save percentage. A Bentley University graduate, Komm began his professional career in 2014-15 and combined to play in 21 games for Evansville and Cincinnati. He stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 190 pounds.

Season tickets, group tickets and mini-plans are on sale by calling 610-898-7825 (PUCK).

Royals Open House + 50% Off Team Store Discount Sept. 8, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Royals will host an Open House for all fans on Sat., Sept. 8 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., the perfect chance to select your seats for the 2018-19 campaign. The Lion’s Den Team Store will have a 50% off clearance sale and any fan that refers another fan who purchases tickets will receive a team store gift card. Come by to learn about Royals ticket packages, select a seat for the spot you’ve been considering and reserve your group 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.

 

Perennial scoring threat MacDonald signs with Reading

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, announced Thursday the team signed forward Josh MacDonald to an ECHL contract for the 2018-19 season. A 23-goal scorer in 2016-17, MacDonald accrued ten tallies (19 pts.) in 31 games for Quad City last season. In Jan. 2018, he left the ECHL and agreed to a contract with Stjernen Hockey (Norway). Now returning to North America, MacDonald has posted double-digit goal totals in all three seasons he’s played professionally.

Royals Head Coach Kirk MacDonald (unrelated) has signed 12 forwards and 16 players to ECHL deals this offseason.

Updated Royals Roster
Forwards (12): #3 Chris McCarthy, #9 Brayden Low, #12 Steven Swavely, #14 Adam Schmidt, #18 Tyler Brown, #21 Frankie DiChiara, #24 Bo Pieper, #28 Brian Morgan, #29 Jack Riley, #61 Dillan Fox, #77 Shane Walsh, #86 Josh MacDonald

Defensemen (4): #4 Nick Neville, #6 Dan Milan, #7 Adam Larkin, #11 Charlie Vasaturo

2 Quick Quotes
Josh MacDonald: “I’ve heard nothing but great things about Reading. The Royals have a winning mentality, great coaching, excellent training staff and strong returning corps so I feel like it’s going to be a great opportunity.”

Head Coach Kirk MacDonald: “Josh has put together some good offensive numbers during his time in the ECHL and we hope he can do the same for us this season. He’s played with and against really talented players going back to his time in the OHL and are excited to see him compete against the tough North Division.”

After leaving Quad City midway through the 2017-18 campaign, MacDonald posted four goals and six points in Norway for Stjernen. The 24-year-old is a left-handed shot who stands 5-foot-11 and weighs 190 pounds.  He has registered 48 goals and 102 points over 145 ECHL games.

MacDonald has made the Kelly Cup Playoffs once; in 2017, he mounted six points (1g) in five games for Quad City.

As a rookie, the left-handed shot knocked in 11 goals and 22 points with Utah over 40 games. Following a mid-season switch to Rapid City, he completed the 2015-16 regular season with four goals and nine points in seven games.

MacDonald played four seasons in the OHL and completed his career with Peterborough. During his last OHL season, he scored 29 goals and 52 points. He spent his first three OHL seasons with Barrie.

Season tickets and mini-plans are on sale by calling 610-898-7825 (PUCK).

Royals Open House + 50% Off Team Store Discount Sept. 8, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Royals will host an Open House for all fans on Sat., Sept. 8 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., the perfect chance to select your seats for the 2018-19 campaign. The Lion’s Den Team Store will have a 50% off clearance sale and any fan that refers another fan who purchases tickets will receive a team store gift card. Come by to learn about Royals ticket packages, select a seat for the spot you’ve been considering and reserve your group 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 introduce Shawn Hackman as President and General Manager

Fan meet-and-greet with Hackman Sept. 8 at Santander Arena

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, announced Tuesday Shawn Hackman has accepted the team’s President and General Manager position. Prior to joining Reading, Hackman served as Chief Revenue Officer of IRG Sports & Entertainment and was responsible for the commercial operations of four race tracks and the International Hot Rod Association. Hackman will lead Royals business operations, oversee front office activities and drive ticket revenue.

Fans can meet Hackman at the Royals Open House on Sat., Sept. 8 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. At the Open House, fans can select a seat for the 2018-19 season and learn more about Royals ticket packages.

Originally from Saylorsburg, PA, Hackman is a Penn State Graduate who has had two prominent experiences working in hockey. In 2014-15, the Phoenix Coyotes placed him as an on-site corporate sponsorship and business development leader while Hackman served as a vice president at Front Row Marketing. In 2009-10, the Quad City Mallards were named IHL Franchise of the Year when Hackman was the team’s Executive Vice President, General Manager and Alternate Governor.

“We are excited to have Shawn join the Royals family,” said Royals Owner Mr. Jack Gulati. “Shawn has shown a clear expertise in leading hockey teams and sports organizations throughout his career and this made him the perfect candidate for the position. His wealth of business skills will be essential in helping us fill Santander Arena and keeping Royals games fun and family-friendly.”

“I am thrilled to join the Royals and look forward to enhancing the strong bond the team has with the community,” Hackman said. “Reading is steeped in hockey tradition and I am honored to be a part of leading this team. I would like to thank Mr. Gulati and Royals CFO John Long for giving me the opportunity. We are excited to see everyone at our home opener on October 13.”

Hackman has a well-rounded background in sports business operations, serving as Chief Revenue Officer of IRG Sports & Entertainment in 2016-17, Senior Director of Business Development for the Kentucky Speedway (2015-16) and Vice President of Motorsports for Front Row Marketing Services from 2012-15. Among notable successes at Front Row Marketing, Hackman steered the Phoenix Coyotes’ corporate sponsorship team to develop new partnerships with companies that had never worked in sports or entertainment.

Hackman graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Managerial Economics in 1993. In 1988, he graduated from Pleasant Valley High School.

He lives in Pen Argyl, PA with his wife, Lisa, and son, Luke.

Season tickets and mini-plans are on sale by calling 610-898-7825 (PUCK).

Royals Open House + 50% Off Team Store Discount Sept. 8, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Royals will host an Open House for all fans on Sat., Sept. 8 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., the perfect chance to select your seats for the 2018-19 campaign. The Lion’s Den Team Store will have a 50% off clearance sale and any fan that refers another fan who purchases tickets will receive a team store gift card. Come by to learn about Royals ticket packages, select a seat for the spot you’ve been considering and reserve your group 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.

 

 

Forwards Fox and Morgan back on board with Royals

Reading has signed 11 forwards this offseason

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, announced Monday forwards Dillan Fox and Brian Morgan have agreed to 2018-19 ECHL contracts with the Royals. Both played for Reading last season. Fox, a native of Hummelstown, PA, is the fourth player from Pennsylvania to sign with the Royals this offseason (Chris McCarthy, Adam Schmidt, Steven Swavely).

Reading has now come to terms on ECHL deals with 14 players this offseason. 

Need to know
Morgan registered nine goals, 18 points and a plus-13 rating for the Royals last season (42 GP) after joining the squad in Dec. 2017. He scored eight goals at Santander Arena.

Fox generated a goal and three points in ten Royals games. His only goal Jan. 14 vs. Manchester was rated the ECHL’s #5 goal of the 2017-18 season.

Updated Royals Roster
Forwards (11): #3 Chris McCarthy, #9 Brayden Low,  #12 Steven Swavely, #14 Adam Schmidt, #18 Tyler Brown, #21 Frankie DiChiara, #24 Bo Pieper, #28 Brian Morgan, #29 Jack Riley, #61 Dillan Fox, #77 Shane Walsh
Defensemen (4): #4 Nick Neville, #6 Dan Milan, #7 Adam Larkin, #11 Charlie Vasaturo

They Said It
Dillan Fox: “Getting an opportunity last season to play in Reading was awesome, to be able put on a jersey of a team I grew up around and followed was such an honor for me. The coaching staff and organization since day one has been a perfect fit, I’m excited being able to be back for another season and play in front of such a great fan base and carry on the great tradition Reading has in this league.”

Brian Morgan: “I am extremely excited to be coming back to an organization that is focused on winning and putting together a high-quality product. We have an excellent group of guys coming together this season and I am very excited to pursue a championship with this team. I can’t wait to play in front of the passionate Reading Royals fans. They make this an unbelievable spot to play in with how much they support our team.”

Head Coach Kirk MacDonald: “Both Dillan and Brian added some skill and depth for us at critical points last season. We know each can help us and hope they continue to have strong summers training.”

Fox has spent the majority of his two professional campaigns with Mississippi (SPHL). In 32 games last season for the RiverKings, the right-handed shot recorded 23 goals (10th in SPHL) and 34 points. A SUNY-Plattsburgh graduate (DIII), Fox tallied 30 goals and 96 points over four seasons at the collegiate level.

Morgan is entering his second professional season. He scored six goals and 12 points for Pensacola (SPHL) early last season before transitioning to the ECHL. He spent three NCAA seasons at Maine (17g, 32 pts., 103 GP) and transferred to UConn for his final amateur season. At UConn, Morgan tallied seven goals and 14 points. The 24-year-old native of Windham, NH stands 6-foot and weighs 180 pounds.

Both players skated in one Kelly Cup Playoff game for the Royals last season.

Season tickets and mini-plans are on sale by calling 610-898-7825 (PUCK).

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.

 

 

Collegeville native Chris McCarthy signs with Royals

Set for third season in Reading

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, agreed Thursday to an ECHL contract with forward Chris McCarthy for the 2018-19 season.  McCarthy, who married his wife Haley in July, posted a career high in goals (22) and points (59) for the Royals last season. He ranked second on Reading in each category. The 27-year-old native of Collegeville, PA is entering his fifth professional campaign. He has scored at nearly a point-per-game clip in two seasons with the Royals (106 pts., 109 GP).

“I’m excited to get the season going and get back to Reading,” McCarthy said. “We’ve been putting in good work this offseason and look forward to seeing the fans soon.”

“Chris has been an invaluable part of the Royals over the last two seasons,” said Head Coach Kirk MacDonald. “He is versatile offensively and one of the best playmakers in the league when he’s at his best. Additionally, he is one of the important guys we have in the locker room as a veteran presence.”

The Royals have signed three Pennsylvania natives this offseason – McCarthy, Steven Swavely (Reading) and Adam Schmidt (Warrington).

Updated Royals Roster
Forwards (9): #3 Chris McCarthy, #9 Brayden Low, #12 Steven Swavely, #14 Adam Schmidt, #18 Tyler Brown, #21 Frankie DiChiara, #24 Bo Pieper, #29 Jack Riley, #77 Shane Walsh
Defensemen (4): #4 Nick Neville, #6 Dan Milan, #7 Adam Larkin, #11 Charlie Vasaturo

McCarthy centered Matt Willows and Matt Wilkins on the Royals’ top line last season and all three enjoyed career highs in goals and points. In the final 27 games of the ECHL regular season, McCarthy tallied ten goals and 36 points. He led the Royals with six points in the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs and has topped the squad in points during the last two postseasons.

In 172 ECHL games, the 6-foot-1, 207-lb. center has recorded 56 goals and 145 points. McCarthy has skated in 18 games with Lehigh Valley over the last two seasons. He played 54 games for Hartford (6g, 22 pts.) in 2015-16 before signing with the Flyers organization.

McCarthy split his first two professional seasons between Greenville and Hartford. Over 85 AHL contests, McCarthy has accumulated nine goals and 27 points.

While at the University of Vermont, McCarthy wore a letter with the Catamounts during his final three seasons. He was alternate captain his junior and redshirt junior campaigns and named Captain his redshirt senior season. During his final year on campus, McCarthy topped the 2013-14 squad with 42 points and the school qualified for the NCAA tournament. Prior to enrolling at Vermont, McCarthy played the 2008-09 season with the U.S. National Team Development Program.

Season tickets and mini-plans are on sale by calling 610-898-7825 (PUCK).

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.

 

 

Tyler Brown re-signs and named player-assistant coach

“We have some unfinished business to take care of this season,” Brown says

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, announced Friday forward Tyler Brown has signed an ECHL contract with Reading for the 2018-19 season and been named a player-assistant coach. The 6-foot-2, 203-lb. native of Wasage Beach, ON joins the Royals coaching staff with Head Coach Kirk MacDonald and assistant coach Mike Marcou.

Brown scored five goals and 14 points with the Royals as alternate captain last campaign and was honored as the Royals’ 2017-18 Unsung Hero at the team’s Awards Banquet. He has played seven professional seasons.

They Said It
Tyler Brown: “Royals fans, I’m excited to be back in Reading for another season. I have a lot of good memories of last year but we have some unfinished business to take care of this season. With the group we have back, I’m confident we will be back making a run for the Kelly Cup again. I’ll be behind the bench sometimes this year taking on a coaching role and I’m honored to have the trust in the coaching staff to allow me to do so. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again.”

Kirk MacDonald: “We are thrilled to have Tyler take on an additional leadership role as player-assistant coach with the Royals this season. He will help better our players on and off the ice. Plus, he has a good shot and is an important special teams player for us.”

Updated Royals Roster
Forwards (7): #9 Brayden Low, #12 Steven Swavely, #14 Adam Schmidt, #15 Tyler Brown, #21 Frankie DiChiara, #24 Bo Pieper, #29 Jack Riley, #77 Shane Walsh
Defensemen (4): #4 Nick Neville, #6 Dan Milan, #7 Adam Larkin, #11 Charlie Vasaturo

Brown, 28, has played 415 professional games and is the second veteran contract (at least 260 professional hockey games, excluding goaltenders) the Royals have signed this offseason. Per ECHL rules, teams may carry four veterans on the active roster and reserve list during the regular season and Kelly Cup Playoffs.

Before joining the Royals in summer 2017, Brown skated for the New York Rangers organization from 2014-17. He scored four goals and 21 points with Greenville in 2016-17 (48 GP) before moving to central Pennsylvania. Brown has made the playoffs three times in the last four seasons, including a run to the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs’ Eastern Conference Finals with the Hartford Wolf Pack. The first five seasons of his professional career, Brown played in the AHL. He spent his opening three seasons with Adirondack, then the Flyers’ AHL affiliate.

In 284 AHL games, Brown has generated 25 goals and 59 points. Brown has scored 21 goals and 53 points in three ECHL campaigns (131 GP).

Season tickets and mini-plans are on sale by calling 610-898-7825 (PUCK).

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.