Reading, PA – The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Mike Pelech. The Royals have announced eight players as signed to ECHL Standard Players Contracts for the 2016-17 season. In addition to Pelech, Reading has announced the signing of forwards Justin Crandall, Olivier Labelle, Mike Pereira, Joe Rehkamp and Ian Watters and defensemen Derik Johnson and Mike Marcou.
Pelech (6’3/220) (26), who will be entering his eighth year of pro, was acquired by the Royals on March 9, 2016, in a trade with the Norfolk Admirals in exchange for forward Robbie Czarnik and defenseman Sam Windle. Pelech, who was second in scoring on the Admirals with thirty-eight points (9g-29a) and seventy-seven penalty minutes in fifty-seven games with Norfolk at the time of the trade, played the final thirteen games of the regular season with Reading, adding two goals and four assists (six points) and two penalty minutes. Pelech, who hails from Toronto, Ontario, proceeded to register seven points (1g-6a) and thirty-seven penalty minutes in fourteen post-season games with Reading. His playoff goal was part of a three-point performance (1g-2a) in Reading’s 4-1 win over the Wheeling Nailers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
Pelech, a sixth round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in 2009, scored a career high twenty-five goals with the Utah Grizzlies in the 2014-15 season. Pelech, who has played thirty-five career AHL games (2g-4a=6pts)—including one with the San Diego Gulls in February of 2016, was an alternate captain of the 2013 Cincinnati Cyclones club that was defeated by the Royals in the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals. In 479 career pro games, Pelech has scored 100 goals and assisted on 227 others (327 points) and 769 penalty minutes.
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