Weekly Release, Vol. 18, No. 1:

Royals kick off regular season with Sat. and Sun. home games vs. Worcester 

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, start the 2018-19 regular season with back-to-back home games at Santander Arena Oct. 13-14 vs. the Worcester Railers.

Big 3 Storylines
3) Kirk MacDonald’s second season  
2018-19 marks Kirk MacDonald’s second season as Royals Head Coach. In his first campaign, the Royals were third in the North Division with 87 points, finishing two points back of Adirondack for first. Second seasons have typically been kind to Royals Head Coaches. In 2004-05, Derek Clancey increased the Royals’ point total from 84 to 93 and the Royals won their division.

Similarly, in former Head Coach Larry Courville’s second full season at the helm, the 2010-11 Royals bettered their regular season point total from 80 to 93.

2) Final roster
The Royals will submit their opening night roster to the ECHL on Wed., Oct. 10.

1) Opening Weekend Activities (presented by Met-Ed)
On Saturday, the puck drops at 7:00 p.m. and the Royals will give away cowbells to the first 6,500 fans and look to set multiple cowbell world records. Reading will also host a pregame block party (performance by The Uptown Band) from 2:00-6:00 p.m. outside Santander Arena and the team will be introduced to the fans on a red carpet at 4:15 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 14 at 5:00 p.m. is the second game of the season, featuring appearances from Philadelphia Eagles legends Bill Bergey and Vince Papale. The Royals will host a pregame tailgate outside Santander Arena from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

2017-18 Regular season team leaders

Goals: Matt Willows (32), Chris McCarthy (22), Michael Huntebrinker/Matt Wilkins (20)
Assists: Matt Willows (42), Chris McCarthy (38), Nolan Zajac (28)
Points: Matt Willows (74), Chris McCarthy (60), Matt Wilkins (47)
PIMs: Matt Wilkins (53), Ryan Penny (51), Nick Luukko (50)
+/-: Matt Wilkins (16), Brian Morgan/Matias Cleland (13)

Practice schedule
Tuesday – 11:00 a.m, Santander Arena
Wednesday – 11:00 a.m., Santander Arena
Thursday – 11:00 a.m., Santander Arena
Friday – 11:00 a.m., Santander Arena
Saturday – Game 7:00 p.m. vs. Worcester
Sunday – Game 5:00 p.m. vs. Worcester
Monday – Off Day

Royals Radio Recon: Next Show Tues., Oct. 9
Live from Jimmy G’s Railroad House from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Meet Royals forward Steven Swavely and Head Coach Kirk MacDonald at Jimmy G’s Railroad House, 152 Woodrow Ave., Sinking Spring, PA. Listen on mixlr.com/ReadingRoyals or via the Mixlr App.

About the Royals
The 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.

Listen to all Royals broadcasts at Mixlr.com/ReadingRoyals or by downloading the Mixlr App from the App Store or Google Play.