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Reading Lists 19 Protected Players Under Criterion Established By Collective Bargaining Agreement

June 3, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) - Reading Royals News Release

Reading, PA - The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League and the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, today announced the team's 2008-09 Protected List under the guidelines established by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players' Association. The Royals' Protected List includes: Chad Allan, Jason Becker, Chris Blight, Brian Boulay, Marc Cavosie, Shawn Collymore, Shawn Germain, Matt Herneisen, Rob LaLonde, Bracken Kearns, Charlie Kronschnabel, Steven Later, John Murray, Dave Pszenyczny, Mike Salekin, Kevin Saurette, Kevin Schaeffer, Jason Weitzel, and Joe Zappala.

Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players' Association which state that teams shall retain the rights to each player that: (i) signed a Standard Players Contract in 2007-08, and has not been traded or released; OR (ii) signed a Standard Players Contract in 2007-08, and was recalled to the National Hockey League, the American Hockey League or an International Ice Hockey Federation team, and has not been traded or released; OR (iii) received a 2007-08 Qualifying Offer for the current season, and DID NOT sign a Standard Players Contract, and has not been traded or released; OR (iv) has been suspended by the team or League, and has not been traded or released; OR (v) signed a Standard Players Contract on or after the first day of the 2007-08 regular season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released; OR (vi) has executed the ECHL Retirement Form, and has not been traded or released.

Protected lists may exceed 20 players. Teams must complete all Future Consideration trades by 3 p.m. ET on June 13 and must submit their Season-Ending Roster by 3 p.m. ET on June 15. Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2007-08.

The ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams playing in four states. The Premier ‘AA' Hockey League has grown into a coast-to-coast league that will have 24 teams in 16 states and British Columbia playing 864 games from Oct. 17, 2008 to Apr. 4, 2009. Nineteen of the 24 teams have played at least five years in their current city. The third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League, the ECHL averaged 4,174 per game last season, marking the fourth year in row and the 16th time in the last 18 years that the league has averaged over 4,000 fans. The league has drawn over four million fans each of the last five years and 11 times in the past 12 seasons.

The Royals open the 2008-08 regular season against the Elmira Jackals on Friday, October 17, 2008 at First Arena in Elmira, New York. The Royals' home opener is set for Saturday, October 25, 2008, when the Johnstown Chiefs visit the Sovereign Center. Royals' full Season Tickets and Total Choice Flex Plans are now on sale. To obtain more information on becoming a part Royals' hockey, call 610-898-PUCK to speak with Royals' ticket representative or visit the Royals website, www.royalshockey.com.


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