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Royals' Signings of the Week: 8/21-8/27

Saturday, August 27th
Royals' Signings of the Week: 8/21-8/27

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, announced two signings this past week to the team for the 2022-23 season. Both players were acquired through trades in exchange for Future Considerations.

Nick Minerva was the first player signed to next season's roster this week which was officially announced on Monday, August 22.

Minerva, 26, is a 5'11” defensemen joining the Royals' roster after skating in 33 games for the Wichita Thunder in the 2021-22 season. The New Brunswick, New Jersey native totaled eight points (2 G, 6 A) with the Thunder after signing with the team in September, 2021."We’re excited to add Nick to our group," said Coach Henry. "Nick brings a well rounded game, that includes physicality and a strong work ethic. Bringing in Nick will help our overall team compete level."Minerva enters his fifth professional season. Prior to Wichita, Minerva split the 2020-21 season between the Tulsa Oilers and the Macon Mayhem in the Southern Professional Hockey League(SPHL). With Macon, Minerva collected 20 points (3 G, 17 A) in 35 games while serving as an alternate captain. He was selected to the 2020-21 SPHL First All-Star Team before finishing the season in the ECHL with Tulsa. As an Oiler, he recorded one goal in 10 games.Minerva already has previous ties to the Royals organization. In 2019, he attended the Royals' training camp as one of five players invited under a tryout contract.-On Friday, August 26, the Royals officially announced the signing of experienced forward, Alec Butcher.

Butcher, 28, signs with the Royals after his rights were acquired from the Rapid City Rush in a trade made on August 23. A native of Anchorage, AK, Butcher totaled 53 points (23 G, 30 A) in 69 regular season games with Rapid City in the 2021-22 season."We are very excited to add Alec to the Royals," said Coach Henry. "Alec plays the game with a great combination of skill and work ethic. He has a very professional approach to the game and that will help our younger players adapt to the ECHL."Butcher, a 5'10" forward, enters his fourth professional season. He returned to play last season with Rapid City after not playing in the 2020-21 season. A graduate of the University of Alaska-Anchorage, Butcher made his professional debut in the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers on January 16, 2019. With Wheeling, Butcher scored 52 points (27 G, 25 A) in 89 games across two seasons (2018-19, 2019-20). In addition to the University of Alaska-Anchorage, Butcher played three seasons for Sacred Heart University in the NCAA (2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17). Between both universities, Butcher totaled 52 points (16 G, 36 A) in 95 games across four seasons.The following is a list of players that have agreed to terms with the Royals for the 2022-23 season:GoaltenderJustin KapelmasterDefensemenMike ChenDominic CormierNick MinervaRyan RomeoForwardsAlec ButcherZane FranklinBrendan HoffmannTyler KirkupEric MacAdamsYvan MongoMax NewtonDevon PalianiShane Sellar


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Join the Reading Royals for FIVE of our biggest games of the year at home! Five-game plan ticket package includes tickets to the following specialty games:

Opening Night - October, 29th @7:00 p.m.

Affiliation Night - January 28th @7:00 p.m.

Pink in the Rink - February 4th @7:00 p.m.

St. Hattrick's Day - March 18th @7:00 p.m.

Fandemonium - April 15th @7:00 p.m.

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Reading Royals season tickets, flex memberships and group tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting the Royals’ box office at Santander Arena or by calling 610-898-7825.

About the Royals

The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, are entering their 21st season in the ECHL. They won their first Kelly Cup championship in 2013 and have clinched playoff berths in 11 of the previous 12 seasons. They are five-time division champions and were the 2021-22 Eastern Conference champion. The Berks County Convention Center Authority (BCCCA), founded in 1996, owns the Royals and oversees operations at Santander Arena.