Royals Sign Forward Ian O'Connor

March 18, 2011 - ECHL (ECHL) - Reading Royals News Release

Reading, PA - The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, today announced that team has signed forward Ian O'Connor to an Amateur Tryout Agreement. In other transactions completed today, (i) defenseman Jared Ross was returned to the Royals from the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL; (ii) forward Rob Slaney has been activated from the 3-Day Injured Reserve; and (iii) forward Matt Arhontas has been released from his ECHL contract with the Royals. In other transactions completed earlier this week, (i) forward Eric Castonguay was placed on the 7-Day Injured Reserve; and (ii) defenseman Cody Wild was transferred from the 7-Day Injured Reserve to the 21-Day Injured Reserve.

O'Connor (6'0/200) (23), who hails from Londonderry, New Hampshire, led the Providence College Friars with twenty-four points (8g-16a) and thirty-two penalty minutes in thirty-four games. O'Connor, who received the Rev. Herman Schneider Award as the team's Most Valuable Freshman in his first year with the Friars, registered sixty-two points (26g-36a) and 102 penalty minutes in 135 total college games. Ross was loaned to the Rivermen on March 8. He played five games in this latest stint with Peoria without registering any points or penalty minutes. Ross leads Reading defensemen with twenty-seven points (7g-20a) and has fifty-five penalty minutes in fifty-one games. Slaney was placed on Injured Reserve on March 12. He missed the team's games against the Toledo Walleye last Saturday and Sunday. Slaney has twenty-one points (6g-15a) and twenty-eight penalty minutes in fifty-one games with the Royals this season. Arhontas was signed by the Royals on March 9. He played two games with Reading without registering any points or penalty minutes.

The Royals take on the Elmira Jackals tonight (Friday, March 18 @ 7:05 pm) at the Sovereign Center. The first 1500 fans twenty-one years of age and older receive a Tenth Anniversary Beer Glass courtesy of Labatt Blue. The Royals game day broadcast will kick off with the pre-game warm-up show presented by The Works at Wyomissing on the Royals Broadcast Network (WRAW 1340 am in Reading, www.1340wraw.com) at 6:35 pm. You can also catch all of the Royals away games this season on Royals TV exclusively on BCTV courtesy of Boscov's Travel, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Season tickets for the Royals' 2010-11 season are currently available. To become a part of Royals hockey, call 610-898-PUCK or log onto www.royalshockey.com .

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