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Royals Announce 2015 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoff Roster

Tuesday, April 14th
Royals Announce 2015 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoff Roster

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League and Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League, today announced the team’s 2015 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoff Roster. The Royals’ Playoff Roster, which consists of twenty-two (22) players (eleven forwards, nine defensemen, and two goaltenders), is set out below. Twenty players are on the active roster, and two players are on the Reserve List. Reading also listed two (2) players on the Playoff Eligible List.

In transactions previously completed, (i) defenseman Adam Comrie was loaned by the Phantoms to the Royals; (ii) forward Andrew Johnston was assigned by the Flyers from the Phantoms to the Royals; (iii) defenseman Bryant Molle was returned to the Royals from the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL; (iv) defenseman Curtis Leonard, who was released from his Amateur Tryout Agreement with the team, was signed him to an ECHL Standard Players Contract; (v) forward Cody Murphy was released from his ATO; and (vi) forward Justin Crandall was suspended by the team.

Playoff Rosters consist of a maximum of 23 Players – a 20-man active roster and a three-man reserve list. Upon submission of its Playoff Roster, each Member is required to include:

  1. a minimum of 19 active, available (i.e. not injured or on recall) Players; and
  1. a list of all other Players who meet the Playoff Roster Eligibility requirements, but who are unavailable at the time that Playoff Rosters are due to the League Office due to recall to the AHL or NHL. The Playoff Eligible List may only list Players who are unavailable due to recall. All other players (i.e. injured Players) must be listed on a Member’s initial Playoff Roster (active roster or reserve list) in order to participate in the Playoffs.

Throughout the Playoffs, but prior to the start of the Conference Finals, as the recalled Players listed on a Member’s Playoff Eligible List become available (due to assignment, release from PTO or their respective AHL teams’ seasons having ended), Members shall be permitted to supplement their initial Playoff Rosters with Players listed on their Playoff Eligible Lists, up to a maximum of 23 Players total. Once a Member has named a total of 23 Players to its Playoff Roster, or the Conference Finals have begun (whichever comes first), the Member’s Playoff Roster shall be fixed for the duration of the Playoffs (barring emergency conditions).

A Player who has finished the Regular Season on Injured Reserve may still be named to a Member’s 23-man Playoff Roster and will be eligible to participate in the Playoffs once his full IR time has been completed (provided all other playoff eligibility requirements have been satisfied). Once a Player has fully completed his remaining IR time, he may be activated and placed on the Member’s Active Roster.

Emergency conditions shall be established when the playing strength of the Member, by reason of injury, illness, recall or suspension by the League, is reduced below two (2) goalkeepers and sixteen (16) skaters. However, should a Member release a Player(s) from its Playoff Roster, its emergency conditions will drop by the same number as the Players they release. Only amateur Players may be signed and added to the Active Roster under emergency conditions.

The Royals 2015 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoff Roster is set out below.


Forwards (11)

Brandon Alderson

Ryan Cruthers

Matt Hatch

Adam Hughesman

Andrew Johnston

Olivier Labelle

David Marshall

Pat Mullane

Kevin Walrod

Ian Watters

Sean Wiles

Defensemen (7)

Michael Caruso

Adam Comrie

Brett Flemming

Jordan Heywood

Maxim Lamarche

Curtis Leonard

Bryant Molle

Goaltenders (2)

Connor Knapp

Martin Ouellette


Mike Marcou - D

Ryan Misiak – D


Willie Coetzee – F

Cam Reid – F

East Division Semi-Finals Best-of-Seven Series

Friday, April 17          @ South Carolina       7:05 pm

Saturday, April 18      @ South Carolina       7:05 pm

Thursday, April 23   @ Reading                 7:00 pm

Saturday, April 25    @ Reading                 7:00 pm

Sunday, April 26       @ Reading                 5:00 pm *

Tuesday, April 28       @ South Carolina       7:05 pm *

Wednesday, April 29  @ South Carolina       7:05 pm *

*If Necessary


Game One East Division Semi-Final Best-of-Seven Playoff Series

Reading Royals v South Carolina Stingrays

@ North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, South Carolina

Friday, April 17, 2015 (7:05 pm Eastern Time)

NEXT UP: The Royals kick off the first round East Division best-of-seven Semi-Final Playoff Series with the South Carolina Stingrays on Friday, April 17, at North Charleston Coliseum (@7:05 pm). The game night broadcast for Friday’s playoff matchup can be heard live on CBS SportsRadio 1240 am and 98.5 in Reading, Pennsylvania, starting with the pre-game warm-up show presented by Highmark Blue Shield at 6:35 pm Eastern Time. As with all Royals road games this season, Friday’s playoff matchup will be televised live locally in Berks County, Pennsylvania, on BCTV courtesy of Boscov’s Travel and Apple Vacations. Streaming audio is available free of charge on the Royals’ website (follow the ‘headset’ icon); and streaming video is available on a pay-per-view basis through ECHL.TV.

For more information about the Royals, call 610-898-7825 or log onto www.royalshockey.com.

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