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 organization has agree to terms with forward, Arpad Mihaly. A seventh year pro from Miercurea-Ciuc, Romania, Mihaly scored 11 goals and assisted on 20 others (31 points) in 18 ECHL games for the Wheeling Nailers last season.
Mihaly (6'4"/220 lbs.) also played thirty-eight games from mid-November through early-March with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL (2g – 6a = 8pts), before returning to Wheeling to close out the season. In the playoffs last year, Mihaly, who is twenty six years of age, scored four goals and picked up nine assists (thirteen points) in nine games before the Nailers were eliminated by the Toledo Storm in the North Division Finals. Mihaly was a special thorn in the side of the Royals last year racking nine points (5g – 4a) in three regular season games and six assists in the four playoff games it took for the Nailers to eliminate the Royals in the North Division semi-finals.
In a separate transaction, the Royals signed first year defenseman, Roman Teslyuk ("tez lee YUHK"), who was selected in the second round (forty-fourth overall) by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Teslyuk (6'1"/195 lbs.), who hails from Murmansk, Russia, scored a total of 28 goals and assisted on 45 others (73 points) in 212 games over three seasons with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League. In another transaction, the Royals loaned forward Doug Christiansen to the Monarchs. Christiansen was signed to a Professional Tryout Agreement by Manchester.
Born in the region of Romania historically referred to as Transylvania, Mihaly was on a North American tour with the Romanian Under-20 National Team when was offered scholarship to Wyoming Seminary, a private, liberal arts preparatory day and boarding school located in Kingston, Pennsylvania, which has a somewhat renowned hockey program. After graduating from Wyoming Seminary, Mihaly played a short stint with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League.
In 2000, Mihaly became the first Romanian-born hockey player to play professionally in North America when he joined the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL for two games. During that first pro season, Mihaly played on four different clubs, including the New Haven Knights and Mohawk Valley Prowlers of the United Hockey League, as well as the Wheeling Nailers and the Phantoms. The next season, Mihaly played the entire year in Wheeling, where he scored 13 goals and added 16 assists in 60 ECHL games. He continued in Wheeling in 2002-03, picking up thirty points in 69 games with the Nailers.
In 2003-04, Mihaly scored six goals (and sixteen points) in 21 games with Wheeling before earning a full-time stint with the Binghamton Senators of the AHL, where he played 56 games, scoring 8 times and assisting on eleven others. He spent the entire 2004-05 season with the Senators, picking up four points in forty-three games.
Last year, Mihaly was a force with whom to be reckoned–particularly in the ECHL, where he racked up thirty-one points in just eighteen games. No where was his force more evident than against the Royals. In Reading's second game of the season against Wheeling on October 28, 2005, Mihaly scored back-to-back goals a minute and seven seconds apart in the second period to erase a two-goal Royals' lead in the blink of an eye.
After the Royals saw a 4-2 lead disintegrate into a 4-4 tie mid-way into the third period, Greg Hogeboom scored with 5:11 remaining in the game to give Reading a 5-4 lead. Low and behold, however, Mihaly set up Kurtis McLean for the game-tying goal with just 1:47 remaining to get to the Nailers to the shootout, where they won (6-5). In fact, in all three regular season games Mihaly played against the Royals last year, he racked up three point performances–the last two came back-to-back: March 28 (1g – 2a) (4-3, Reading) and March 31 (2g – 1a) (5-4, Wheeling). Mihaly continued his mastery over the Royals in the playoffs, picking up six assists in the four-game series, including a three-assist night in the elimination loss for Reading. Mihaly ended up with five multi-point performances in the nine playoff games played by Wheeling last year.