Reading, PA – The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, today announced that the team has signed defenseman Todd Perry to a Standard Players Contract.
The Royals’ current Training Camp Roster is comprised of twenty-five players (thirteen forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders).
This marks the third stint in Reading for Perry (6’3/234) (28), a ninth year pro from Ingleside, Ontario. Perry first joined the Royals late in the 2009-10 season on assignment from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. He played five regular season games that year for Reading, and then was an integral member of the Royals’ squad that advanced to Game Seven of the American Conference Finals before getting knocked out one game shy of the Kelly Cup Finals. Perry signed with Reading for the 2010-11 season and served as an anchor defenseman for the team, racking up twenty-two points (4g-18a) (third amongst defensemen on the team) and a team-leading 115 penalty minutes, while playing to a plus-9 (+9) in sixty-three games.
Since that time, Perry has plied his trade abroad, primarily in the Supreme Hockey League (VHL) (based in Eurasia), while also earning a stint in the KHL. Over the past four seasons, he has played 145 regular season games (13g-30=43pts, 192 PIMs) in central Asia. Last year, he registered seven points (1g-7a) and fifty-five penalty minutes in thirty-two games for Vuzhny Ural Orsk in the VHL. Perry’s most notable year in Eurasia may have been 2012-13 when his team, Saryarka Karagandy, won the VHL regular season title and advanced to the playoff championship finals before getting knocked off.
Perry, who has 107 AHL games under his belt (3g-8a=11pts, 115 pims), kicked off his pro career in 2007-08 with the Columbia Inferno of the ECHL, another team that made a long, if somewhat unexpected, playoff run to the ECHL South Division Finals. In 375 total pro games, Perry has racked up 105 points (26g-79a) and 495 penalty minutes. Prior to turning pro, Perry played three seasons of major junior in the Ontario Hockey League and was a member of the 2006-07 London Knights who won the OHL regular season championship. In 163 total games of major junior, Perry registered fifty-one points (6g-45a) and 340 penalty minutes.