The Flyers farm system continues to get closer and closer to Philadelphia. First the Adirondack Phantoms move from Adirondack to nearby Allentown and now this.
The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Wednesday they have agreed to a two-year ECHL affiliate deal with the Reading Royals. The Royals had previously been affiliated with the Washington Capitals and the Western Conference Champion Los Angeles Kings.
“We are pleased to announce an ECHL affiliation agreement with the Reading Royals,” said Flyers general manager Ron Hextall. "We’re excited to be entering a new era for the Flyers with respect to player development and look forward to working closely with them in a winning environment. The geographic proximity of our minor league affiliations in the Lehigh Valley and Reading will give our coaches and scouting department the best possible platform to monitor, and promote the growth and advancement of our young prospects.”
The Royals have been based out of Reading since 2000 after residing in Columbus, Ohio until the expansion Blue Jackets came to town. Reading produced Kings starting goaltender Jonathan Quick and Toronto Maple Leafs starting goaltending Jonathan Bernier. The previous Flyers ECHL affiliate was the Trenton Titans before they ceased operations following the 2012-2013 season.
The ECHL has produced a total of 541 NHL players.