Warrington, PA native is first to ink deal for 2018-19 season
Reading, PA – The Reading Royals have agreed to terms on an ECHL contract with Warrington, PA native Adam Schmidt, the first player to sign with Reading for the 2018-19 season. Schmidt is back for his second season with the Royals and ranked fifth on the squad in goals (17) and points (44) over 58 games last season. The 27-year-old also topped Reading with three short-handed goals and received the team’s “Heart Award” in part for his role on the penalty kill (8th in ECHL, 84.4%).
“Last year was one that was very exciting for me playing around family and friends close to where I grew up,” explained Schmidt. “The coaching staff and players made it a very special one. I am very happy to be invited back by the organization and can’t wait.”
“We are thrilled to have Adam back for another season,” said Royals Head Coach Kirk MacDonald. “He brings elite skating ability and was excellent for us on the penalty kill last season. His hard work was a big reason why we made the playoffs.”
Schmidt is entering his fifth professional season and second in North America; prior to skating for Reading, he competed in Sweden’s Allsvenskan league for a pair of clubs and combined to scored 46 goals and 82 points in 151 games. In 2015-16, Schmidt tied for HC Vita Hästen’s team lead with 19 goals.
The College of the Holy Cross graduate began his professional career in 2013-14 with the Worcester Sharks (AHL), netting a goal and three points in 14 games before heading to Sweden.
Schmidt stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 201 pounds. He is 27 years old.
At Holy Cross, Schmidt reached double digits in goals his final three seasons. He topped the Crusaders in goals and points as a sophomore and senior. Schmidt was named alternate captain his senior season and registered 14 goals and 29 points.
First Home Game Oct. 13The Royals will open the 2018-19 regular season at Santander Arena on Sat., Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Worcester Railers. The home opener will feature a special Block Party and “Red Carpet” presentation for the team.
Flexible plans with the dates you wantCall 610-898-7825 to learn more about 9-game, 12-game and 18-game mini-plans for the 2018-19 season.
2018-19 season tickets now availableTop full-season benefits include: exclusive Reading Hockey Club per seat gift, discounted rate off regular ticket prices, ticket exchange, preseason meet and greet, exclusive season ticket holder events, advanced entry and a chance to win and the Royals Owner’s Suite for a game. Call 610-898-7825 and visit to join the Royals family or renew season tickets for the 2018-19 season. Visit royalshockey.com/tickets/season-tickets to learn more.
About the RoyalsThe Royals have been owned by serial entrepreneur Jack Gulati since 2014 and are entering their 18th ECHL season. Proudly affiliated with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Reading plays in the Santander Arena, located in downtown Reading, PA at 700 Penn Street. The Royals won the Kelly Cup in 2013, have made the playoffs in nine straight seasons and are four-time division champions.