BOSTON, MA - The Boston Bruins announced today that they have renewed their affiliation relationship with the Reading Royals of the East Coast Hockey League. Last season marked the first year Reading had served as Boston’s ECHL affiliate. Under the affiliation arrangements, the Royals will receive players designated for assignment to the ECHL within the Bruins professional development system during the upcoming season.
Reading will also serve as the ECHL affiliate for the Toronto Maple Leafs, a relationship that is entering its third year.
“We’re extremely pleased to renew our affiliation relationships with Toronto and Boston,” said Gordon Kaye, the General Manager of the Royals. “Over the past two seasons, we have been very pleased as our interaction with the Maple Leafs and Marlies has expanded, and adding Boston as an affiliate last year provided our team with additional source of talent, while providing an excellent opportunity for young prospects to improve and advance their careers in Reading.”
Larry Courville, the Royals Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations, echoed those sentiments, “[t]here is no question but that a considerable factor in our team’s success last season was the active participation of the player development departments in Toronto and Boston. We look forward to continuing these efforts with our affiliates to accomplish our goals of developing young talent and winning games in Reading.”
Bruins prospects including goaltender Matt Dalton and forward Yannick Riendeau made appearances for Reading last season.