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Royals Acquire Forward Mike Pelech

Wednesday, March 9th
Royals Acquire Forward Mike Pelech

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, today announced that the team has acquired forward Mike Pelech from the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL in return for forward Robbie Czarnik and defenseman Sam Windle.

Pelech (6’3/220) (26), a seventh year pro from Toronto, Ontario, was second in scoring on the Admirals with thirty-eight points (9g-29a) and seventy-seven penalty minutes in fifty-seven games with the team. Pelech, a sixth round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in 2009, scored a career high twenty-five goals with the Utah Grizzlies last season. Pelech, who has played thirty-five career AHL games (2g-4a=6pts)—including one with the San Diego Gulls this season, was an alternate captain of the 2013 Cincinnati Cyclones club that was defeated by the Royals in the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals. In 431 career ECHL games, Pelech has recorded 315 points (96g-219a) and 726 penalty minutes.

Czarnik, a fifth year pro from Detroit, Michigan, registered forty-six points (23g-23a) and thirty-two penalty minutes in fifty-one games with the Royals. Windle, a first year pro from Maple Grove, Minnesota, had three assists and fourteen penalty minutes in twenty-eight games with the Royals.

The Royals return to action on Friday (March 11 @ 7:00 pm) when the team travels to Manchester, New Hampshire, to face the top team in the East Division, the Manchester Monarchs. Friday night’s matchup can be heard live on CBS SportsRadio 1240 AM and 98.5 FM in Reading, Pennsylvania, starting with the pre-game warm-up show presented by Highmark Blue Shield at 6:30 pm Eastern Time. As with all Royals’ road games this season, Friday’s game will also be televised 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 or on bctv.org.

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