Royals Sign Goaltender Scott Darling
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 the team has signed goaltender Scott Darling. In separate transactions, the Royals also announced that (i) defenseman Ryan Donald has been recalled by the Boston Bruins from Reading and re-assigned to the Providence Bruins; (ii) defenseman Cody Wild has been assigned by Boston from Providence to Reading; and (iii) forward Matt Caruana has been recalled by the Marlies.
Darling (6'6/230) (22), a first year pro from Lemont, Illinois, has compiled a record of 5-16-0 with a 3.67 goals against average and .897 save percentage with the Louisiana IceGators of the Southern Professional Hockey League this season. Prior to turning pro, Darling, a sixth round pick of the Phoenix Coyotes in 2007, played two seasons of college hockey at the University of Maine. This marks the first call up of the season for Donald, a first year pro from St. Albert, Alberta. In twenty-eight games with the Royals this year, Donald has registered six points (2g-4a) and picked up a team leading fifty-two penalty minutes, while playing to a plus-10 (+10). Donald played three AHL games with the Springfield Falcons last season. This marks the second time this season that Wild, a third year pro who hails from North Providence, Rhode Island, has been assigned to Reading. He played in the Royals' 3-2 win over the Wheeling Nailers on December 19 without registering any points or penalty minutes. In seven games with the P-Bruins this year, Wild has picked up an assist and two penalty minutes. This marks the first recall of the season for Caruana, who leads the Royals with fifteen goals and twenty-eight points in twenty-nine games. Caruana, who is in his third year of pro, has played 82 career games in the AHL.
The Royals take on the Florida Everblades tonight (Thursday, December 30 @ 7:05 pm) at the Sovereign Center in Reading. The Royals will turn back the clock that night and the first 2000 fans will receive a Tenth Anniversary commemorative pin. The Royals game night 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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