Reading, PA – The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, today announced that forward Tyler Ruegsegger has been loaned by the Bears to the Royals. In a transaction previously completed, the Royals placed Julien Cayer on 21-Day Injured Reserve retroactive to October 26. Also, in separate transactions previously completed, forward Ian O’Connor was returned to Reading from the St. John’s Ice Caps of the AHL, and he immediately was loaned to the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL.
Ruegsegger (6’0/202) (25), a fourth year pro from Lakewood, Colorado, has recorded an assist and two penalty minutes in eight games with the Bears this season. A sixth round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2006, Ruegsegger has recorded twenty-four points (12g-12a) in ninety-five total AHL games, which includes 67 with the Abbottsford Heat last season (11g-7a). Ruegsegger, who was a member of the 2011 Kelly Cup Champion Alaska Aces, has fifty-four points (29g-25a) and seventy-one penalty minutes in 105 total games in the ECHL. Prior to turning pro, Ruegsegger had a stellar four year career at the University of Denver, where he was a three-time recipient of the Dr. Art Mason Award, which is bestowed upon the hockey team’s best scholar-athlete. He was selected to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American Second Team in his junior and senior years at UD. In 147 total college games, Ruegsegger racked up 123 points (56g-67a) and 134 penalty minutes with the Pioneers.
The Royals return to action on Saturday (November 9 @ 7:00 pm) when the team will travel to WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, West Virginia, to kick-off a home-and-home with the Wheeling Nailers. The game night broadcast next Saturday will kick off at 6:30 pm with the Highmark Blue Shield pre-game warm-up show. As with all Royals’ road games, next Saturday’s game will be televised locally in Berks County on BCTV courtesy of Boscov’s Travel and Apple Vacations. Streaming audio is available free of charge on the Royals’ website, www.royalshockey.com.