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Max Newton selected to 2023 ECHL All-Star Classic

Wednesday, December 28th
Max Newton selected to 2023 ECHL All-Star Classic

Reading, PA - The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, announced Wednesday that forward Max Newton will represent the Royals at the 2023 Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Optima Health and Sentara Healthcare on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023 at Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia.Newton, 25, leads the Royals in goals (13) and points (26) this season as well as multi-goal games (5) and multi-point games (8). Additionally, Newton is second on the team in assists (13) and tied for first in game winning goals with two.Prior to Reading, Newton played in the NCAA for the University of Alaska-Anchorage and Merrimack College. The Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada native skated in two games in the American Hockey League last season with the Providence Bruins.

In total, 20 players from the Royals’ history have participated in the ECHL All-Star Classic over the previous 20 seasons of the team. If Newton plays, he will be the 21st member of Reading’s franchise to partake in the event.Additionally, Newton would be the fifth player in franchise history to play in the All-Star Classic in his rookie season. The last Royal to be named an all-star and partake in the event as a rookie was Michael Huntebrinker.

Huntebrinker was the last Royals player to participate in the All-Star Classic as he played in the 2018’s game at Indiana Farmer’s Coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana. He scored one goal in the three-on-three tournament, the only goal for Team North in the event. Huntebrinker was the Royals’ replacement player for Alex Krushelnyski.

Jacob Pritchard was selected for the 2022 All-Star Classic, but did not participate as the Royals played against Worcester the same day as the game on Jan. 17th, 2022.

Reading has hosted the All-Star Classic twice: once in 2005, and again in 2009.

About the 2023 Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic

The 2023 Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Optima Health and Sentara Healthcare will consist of a tournament featuring the ECHL All-Stars and the Norfolk Admirals, with an integrated skills competition with points counting towards each team’s score.

There have been 71 players from the ECHL All-Star Game who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 55 since 2002 when the lineups began having players who coaches felt were prospects to move up to a higher level.

The rosters for the Eastern Conference and Western Conference All-Stars were determined in a vote of coaches, team captains, media relations directors, broadcasters and members of the media. View the full 2023 Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic rosters here.The game will air LIVE exclusively on NHL Network and will stream on FloHockey.-

Prior to the All-Star classic, you can watch Newton and the Royals battle the Worcester Railers on Friday, January 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the first game of 2023 at Santander Arena. The game features the Star Wars and Pediatric Cancer promotional game which includes appearances by Star Wars characters, youth Palawan training classes, Chewbacca voice and costume contest as well as the debut of specialty Star Wars themed jerseys worn by the Royals in the game.Five dollars from each ticket ordered through one of the links below will go towards that selected local organization which supports families affected by pediatric cancer.

View the full ~ promotional schedule ~ now!

Upcoming Games:

  • Star Wars Night - Jan. 7 vs. Worcester
    • Join the Royals and your favorite characters from a galaxy far, far, away at Star Wars night!
    • Youth padawan training classes
    • Costume contest
    • Chewbacca impression contest
    • Specialty jersey debut
    • $2 off craft beers 6-7:00 PM
  • Wizards Night - Jan. 13 vs. Adirondack
    • Royals Players' house competition
    • Chase the snitch on the concourse
    • $2 off domestic drafts 6-7:00 PM
    • Butterbeer
    • Wizard-themed games
    • 4 for $60 deal including 4 tickets, hot dogs, drinks, and thundersticks presented by Deibler Dental
    • Job fair
  • Flintstones Night - Jan. 14 vs. Adirondack
    • Yabba dabba doo! Join the Royals for Flintstones night, and bid on their game-worn specialty jerseys!
    • Double Tree post-game party
    • $2 off craft draft beers 3-4:00 PM
    • Yabba-Dabba-Doo voice contest
    • Flintstone costume contest
    • Rubble pudding eating contest

Four-Game Plan

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

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.

In addition to a ticket to each game, you will get a burger and soda per ticket, as well as a Royals hat. Contact the Royals front office for pricing details. Quantities are limited so reserve your seat now!2022-23 Season Memberships

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 in 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.