The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday that the hockey club has renewed their agreement with the Reading Royals to serve as the ECHL affiliate for the Leafs and the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies for the upcoming 2010-11 season. Reading has been the Leafs’ ECHL affiliate since the 2008-09 season. The Royals are also the Boston Bruins’ ECHL affiliate.
“We are excited to once again have the Reading Royals as our affiliate in the ECHL,” said Dave Poulin, Leafs’ vice president of hockey operations. “The Royals have provided a positive environment for some of our organization’s young players to develop and gain professional experience. We anticipate another productive season from our prospects playing in Reading.”
Reading finished second in the ECHL’s East Division during the 2009-10 regular season with a record of 37-29-1-5. In the playoffs, they reached the American Conference Final Series before losing in seven games to the eventual Kelly Cup champion Cincinnati Cyclones. The Royals will open their 10th anniversary season in the ECHL on Saturday, October 16 when they visit the Trenton Devils.