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Royals Agree to Terms with Forward Ian Watters

Tuesday, July 14th
Royals Agree to Terms with Forward Ian Watters

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Ian Watters. Watters is the third player announced as signed by the Royals to an ECHL Standard Players Contract for the 2015-16 season, joining defensemen Jordan Heywood and forward Cam Reid.

Video content related to Watters’ performance last season with the Royals can be accessed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uApzg8lD4zo.

Last season, Watters (6’0/191) (23), who hails from Pickering, Ontario, registered twenty-five points (4g-21a) and seventy-five penalty minutes in fifty-seven games with the Royals. One of his four goals proved to be the game winner in the Royals’ 2-1 win over the South Carolina Stingrays at North Charleston Coliseum on January 24, 2015. At the conclusion of the regular season during the Royals’ East Division Semi-Final playoff series against South Carolina, Watters racked up three assists in seven games in his first pro post-season action.

Watters’ second pro season in 2013-14 was cut short when he was injured in his seventh game with the Royals. Prior to sustaining his season-ending injury, Watters picked up one assist for Reading. In his rookie season, 2012-13, Watters began the year with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL where he played one game before being released. He landed with the Augusta RiverHawks of the Southern Professional Hockey League, where he recorded seventeen points (8g-9a) and forty-seven penalty minutes in twenty-five games, before being signed by the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL in mid-January. In thirty-seven games with Idaho, he scored nine goals, assisted on fourteen others (twenty-three points) and was assessed with twenty-eight penalty minutes. In 127 career pro regular season games over the past three seasons, Watters has scored 21 goals, assisted on 45 others (66 points) and racked up 150 PIMs.

Prior to turning pro, Watters spent three full seasons with the Brampton Battalion in the Ontario Hockey League, scoring forty-five goals and assisting on fifty-two others (ninety-seven points) over a span of 159 games. In 2010-11, he was second on the Battalion with twenty goals in sixty-eight games. In his final season of major junior, 2011-12, Watters, who served as an alternate captain for the Battalion, recorded thirty points (16g-14a) despite only playing in thirty-four games in a season that was disrupted by injury. Prior to joining Brampton, Watters played one season with the Ajax Attack in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. That year, he led the Attack with thirty-one goals (and seventy-nine points) in forty-six games and was selected as the OJHL Rookie of the Year in the Ruddock Division.

Season Tickets for the 2015-16 Reading Royals ECHL season are currently available. Call 610-898-7825 for more information or log onto www.royalshockey.com.