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Royals Announce Season-Ending Roster

Friday, June 15th
Royals Announce Season-Ending Roster

Reading Lists Twenty Players Who Are Eligible To Receive a Qualifying Offer by July 1

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals of the ECHL today announced the team’s Season-Ending Roster, which is comprised of the following twenty players: Mikael Bedard, Dave Cowan, Ethan Cox, Marvin Degon, Bradley Eidsness, Casey Haines, Colten Hayes, Olivier Labelle, Chris Langkow, Justin Milo, Derrick LaPoint, Louis Liotti, Jeff LoVecchio, Raymond Macias, Dennis McCauley, Mike Montgomery, Ian O’Connor, Rob Shearer, Yannick Tifu, and Denny Urban. By virtue of future consideration trades undertaken in the 2011-12 season and completed earlier this week, the Royals acquired the ECHL rights to forwards Chris Langkow from the Alaska Aces (for forward Ryan Cruthers), Jeff LoVecchio from the Utah Grizzlies (for defenseman Derick Martin), and Justin Milo from the Gwinnett Gladiators (for goaltender Joe Palmer). Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players. Season-Ending Rosters cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2011-12. 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 July 1. 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 2012-13 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 August 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 will retain the rights to that veteran until August 1. After August 1, 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 August 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent. Season Tickets for the 2012-13 Reading Royals ECHL season are currently available. Call 610-898-7825 for more information or log onto www.royalshockey.com.