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Royals Induct Nick Luukko into Wall of Honor, Host Admirals for Friday Face-off

Thursday, March 7th
Royals Induct Nick Luukko into Wall of Honor, Host Admirals for Friday Face-off

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, continue a five-game homestand and a three-game series against the Norfolk Admirals on Friday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Santander Arena.

The home game is the Royals Wall of Honor Night with a pre-game ceremony featuring the induction of Royals franchise leading defenseman for games played, as well as former assistant coach Nick Luukko. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats my 6:50 PM for the start of the induction ceremony, presented by V&M Towing. 

Order tickets: royalshockey.com/tickets


Royals Right Now:

The Royals hoist a 22-26-5-2 record after falling to the Norfolk Admirals 8-5 on Wednesday, March 6 at Santander Arena. Prior to the series opener, Reading downed the Thunder on Friday, March 1st at Santander Arena, 6-1, before falling to Adirondack on Saturday, March 2nd, 7-3. During the series, Mason Millman surpassed Nick Luukko for the franchise lead among defenseman in points all time (89).

Millman is on a four-game multi-point streak with ten points (2g-8a). Under Interim Head Coach Jason Binkley, the Royals post a 6-7-2-1 record with a point earned in nine of 16 games.

Joe Nardi (13g-24a) leads the Royals' active roster with 37 points this season. Ryan Chyzowski (17) leads the team in goals and is second on the active roster in points (30).

Scouting the Admirals:

Norfolk enters the middle game of the three-game series positioned in second place in the North Division with a 33-19-3-1 record through 56 games this season. The Admirals have won six-straight games including victories over South Carolina, Adirondack, Maine and Reading. Norfolk has outscored their opponent 28-15 in the six-game stretch.

Forward Danny Katic leads the Admirals in goals (17) and is second on the team in points (34) behind team-leading scorer Stepan Timofeyev (35). Additionally, Timofeyev leads the club in assists (24). Forward Carson Holder leads the team in power play goals (8) ahead of veteran Mathieu Roy and former Royal Kamerin Nault for second on the team in PPG with four.

Nault, 28, recorded four points (1g-3a) in nine games for the Royals during the 2022-23 season before going overseas to finish the campaign in the Elite Ice Hockey League.


The game will be streamed live on the Royals Broadcast Network available on the following platforms: 

FloSports: flosports.link/3yarTg4

Mixlr: mixlr.com/readingroyals


Upcoming Games:                   

  • Motorsports Night - Mar. 22 vs. Worcester - Presented by Schaeffer's Motorsports
    • Rev it up with the Royals at their Motorsports Night!
    • Pre-game block party on Penn St. with vehicle displays
  • St. Hat-Tricks / Teacher Appreciation / Go Green Night - Mar. 23 vs. Worcester
    • Enjoy St. Patrick's Day the right way with green ice, beer, and the chance at a $10,000 giveaway
    • St. Patrick's specialty jersey (TBA)
    • Slapshot Saturday presented by Albright College
  • Undie Sunday / Slapshot's Birthday - Mar. 24 vs. Worcester - Presented by Members 1st Federal Credit Union
    • Celebrate Slapshot's birthday with the best fuzzball in hockey and all of his mascot guests!
    • Toss your newly packaged underwear onto the ice after the first Royals goal to donate it to charity
    • Giveaway: 2023-24 team poster


2023-24 Season Memberships

Reading Royals Season Memberships, six-game plans, ten-game plans, and group tickets are available for the 2023-24 season now 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 22nd season in the ECHL. They won their first Kelly Cup championship in 2013 and have clinched playoff berths in 12 of the previous 13 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.