Hockey fans flock to the Santander Arena, home of the Reading Royals. Founded in 1991 as the Columbus Chill, the Reading Royals are part of the ECHL ice hockey league; they play in the North Division of the Eastern Conference. The 2018 - 2019 season resulted in a record of a winning streak of six games and a best for that season. Additionally, the team has previously played in the 2013 Kelly Cup Finals; the Kelly Cup finals determine the ECHL champion. The excitement will be building as home games scheduled in February and March include games against the Maine Mariners, Brampton Beast, Worcester Railers, Adirondack Thunder and others. The team's coaches have included former hockey player Kirk MacDonald and Derek Clancey, a former Reading Royals head coach from 2003 to 2005 who was inducted into the 2020 ECHL Hall of Fame. Grab your Reading Royals tickets at StubHub.
Who are some of the Reading Royals' most notable players?
Some notable players include Nathan Noel, goalie Felix Sandström and Hayden Hodgson. Hayden Hodgson scored 41 points in 2017 when he played for the Cleveland Monsters in the AHL; he has scored numerous goals in the ECHL as well.10] Goalie Felix Sandström helped lead the team to victory in a pivotal game with the Growlers on February 22. You might watch forwards, such as Frank DiChiara, Corey Mackin or Brayden Low, who received the "Unsung Hero" Award at the Booster Club’s End-Of-Season Banquet, in action as they score for the Royals. Defensemen include Garret Cockerill and David Drake; they are also strong players to watch, working with the three forwards and goaltender to block shots.
What is the background of Kirk MacDonald, the Reading Royals coach?
Born in 1983, MacDonald has coached the Royals for three seasons. He joined the team as assistant coach in 2014; before that, he was assistant coach at his former school, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, located in Troy, N.Y. As a player, he scored the game-winning goal in game five of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals; the Royals played Cincinnati during that game. That win sent Reading to their first-ever Kelly Cup Finals.
How large is the Santander Arena?
The Santander Arena, formerly known the Sovereign Center, has approximately 7,100 seats. It first opened in September 2001.
What U.S. states were the 2018-2019 players from?
During the 2018-2019 season, six Pennsylvania natives played on the Royals. They were Steven Swavely (Reading), Corey Mackin (Philadelphia), Adam Schmidt (Warrington), Chris McCarthy (Collegeville), Nick Luukko (Westchester), and Joe Houk (Richboro). Reading also featured seven players from New York and three from New Jersey.
Who are the rivals of the Reading Royals?
The Reading Royals have had the strongest rivalry with the Wheeling Nailers. Next in line for the fighting honors are the Elmira Jackals. Earning the position of the friendliest rivalry are the Florida Everblades.
What are the top Royals highlights from the 2018-2019 season?
Captain Nick Luukko registered 87 points to set a Royals record for points by a player in defense; his final two games of the season determined this record. He topped Royals blue liners in goals and points. The Royals led the ECHL in fewest times of going to the penalty kill. The Royals’ 2018-2019 end-of-season, six-game winning streak was the second-longest of the season. At the end the season, a six-game win streak and eight-game point streak were the longest Reading has ever ended a campaign with. No other ECHL team finished on a more continuous win or point streak than the Reading Royals.Back to Top