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, announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman James Laux. In June of this year, the Royals acquired the rights to Laux, a fourth year pro from Cherry Hill , New Jersey , from the Utah Grizzlies as a part of the completion of a futures deal dating back to November of 2005.
The twenty-six year old Laux (6'2/210) was selected to represent Utah at the ECHL All-Star game in Frenso this past season. However, Laux suffered an injury which not only kept him from playing in the All-Star game but also limited him to just sixteen games for Utah, during which he racked up eighteen points (6g – 12a = 18pts). A former member of the Philadelphia Little Flyers Junior B team, Laux started his pro career with the Philadelphia Phantoms, picking up seven points in twenty three games in 2003-04. He also played seven games with the Trenton Titans that year.
Two seasons ago, Laux scored ten goals and picked up twenty-two points in fifty six games with the Wheeling Nailers. Prior to turning pro, Laux played two seasons with Colorado College, racking up 22 points in 36 games in 2002-03, while leading the school to a Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular season championship and the quarter-finals of the NCAA Frozen Four. Laux won an Avanet Cup with the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League in 2001 and was also selected as the best defenseman in the Royal Bank Cup playoffs that season.