Last Year’s Third Leading Scorer—Who Also Tied for Team Lead with Nine Fighting Majors—Returns to Reading
Reading, PA – The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League and Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, today announced that the organization has agreed to terms with forward David Marshall. Marshall (5’11/191) (28), who will be entering his fifth season of pro, is the ninth player announced as signed by the Royals for the 2013-14 season, eight of whom played for Reading’s 2012-13 Kelly Cup Championship team. The other players so far announced as signed by the Royals are Julien Cayer (f), Ethan Cox (f), Nikita Kashirsky (f), Bryant Molle (d), Ian O’Connor (f), Bobby Shea (d), Yannick Tifu (f), and Brad Walch (d). Marshall, who hails from Buffalo, Minnesota, played eighty regular season games last season—fifty-five with the Royals and twenty-five for two different teams in the AHL—racking up a career high fifty-six points (20g-36a) and 105 penalty minutes. Marshall was the third leading scorer in the regular season for Reading, scoring eighteen goals and assisting on thirty-two others in his fifty-five games with the team. Marshall played to a plus-20 (+20) in his time with the Royals (second on the team), and his 93 penalty minutes with Reading led all forwards on the team. His PIMs included nine fighting majors, which tied for the team lead with defenseman Dustin Stevenson. Marshall put together a team season-long nine game point streak (5g-11a) from November 16 through December 7, 2012. He was also shootout specialist for Reading, hitting pay-dirt on four of his six chances this year in the skills competition. Marshall, who had a six game stint with the Binghamton Senators of the AHL in mid-February, was loaned by Reading to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL on March 6, 2013. While with Charlotte, he recorded six points (2g-4a) in nineteen regular season games—and played two post-season games with the Checkers. Unfortunately, by the time Marshall was finished his final stint in the AHL, the Royals playoff roster was already complete, and he was unable to play in the team’s championship drive. Nonetheless, as recognition of his importance to the team in the regular season, Marshall’s name will be included on the list of Royals’ players engraved on the Kelly Cup. Marshall has recorded 32 career points (16g-16a) and 72 penalty minutes in 134 career regular season AHL games with seven different teams. In his three stints in the ECHL, Marshall has racked up 106 points (51g-55a) and 173 penalty minutes in 138 career games in the league. Prior to turning pro, Marshall had a record setting four year college career at Quinnipiac University, where he twice led the team in goals scored and graduated from the school as the all-time career leader with seventy-three goals—and had accumulated the second most penalty minutes in school history (266)—in 155 total games for the Bobcats. Season Tickets for the 2013-14 Reading Royals ECHL season are currently available. Call 610-898-7825 for more information or log onto www.royalshockey.com.