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 Ryan Penny. He is the first player announced as signed by the Royals to an ECHL Standard Players Contract for the 2017-18 season.
Penny (6’1/203) (22), who hails from Fall River, Nova Scotia, will be entering his third season of professional play—and his second with the Royals. Last year, he was second on the team with twenty-five goals (25g-26a=51pts, 48 PIMs) in seventy-two regular season games with Reading. Penny, who is only the fourteenth player in the sixteen year history of the Royals to score twenty-five or more goals in a single season, became just the eleventh different player in team history to play in every regular season game. Penny’s goals during the regular season included five on the power play and a short-handed goal, along with three game winners. During the regular season, Penny put together the longest point streak of the year for Reading, racking up ten points (6g-4a) over an eight game span in late February and early March. Penny played in all six post-season games during the Royals’ North Division Semi-Final matchup against the Brampton Beast. He scored a pair of goals in the first round post-season matchup including what proved to be the game winner in Game Four of the series in Brampton.
Prior to beginning his rookie season (2015-16), Penny signed an American Hockey League contract with the Ottawa Senators of the NHL in July of 2015. He began that season with the Evansville Icemen of the ECHL, where he registered a total of twenty-three points (10g-13a) in thirty-three games. Penny also earned a two-and-a-half month call-up to the Binghamton Senators of the AHL where he registered five points (2g-3a) in twenty-four games. Prior to turning pro, Penny played five years in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he scored thirty-two goals in sixty-six games with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in his final season of major junior. In 305 total games in the QMJHL, Penny, who served as the team captain in his last two seasons in the league, racked up 154 points (78g-76a) and 185 penalty minutes.
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