Reading, PA – The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, today announced that forwards Matt Caruana and Dale Mitchell have been assigned to the Royals from the Marlies. In separate transactions, the Royals also loaned defenseman Rob Kwiet to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL and loaned forward Ben Gordon to the Binghamton Senators of the AHL.
Caruana, a third year pro from Orono, Ontario, was recalled from Reading on Dec. 30. He played 22 games with the Marlies, registering eight points (4g-4a) and eight penalty minutes. Caruana began the season with the Royals and picked up 28 points (15g-13a) in 29 games for Reading.
This marks Mitchell’s first trip to Reading. A first year pro from Etobicoke, Ontario, Mitchell has scored five goals, assisted on eight others and picked up 22 penalty minutes in 40 games with the Marlies this season. Prior to turning pro, Mitchell, a third round pick of the Maple Leafs in 2007, was a two-time Ontario Hockey League and Memorial Cup champion with the Windsor Spitfires. In 293 career OHL games with the Spitfires and the Oshawa Generals, he registered 294 points (136g-158a) and 354 penalty minutes.
This is the first trip to the AHL this season for Kwiet, a second year pro from Toronto, Ontario. In 39 games with the Royals, Kwiet has 18 points (4g-14a) and 35 penalty minutes. He leads the team with 15 power play points (3g-12a). Kwiet played 41 AHL games last season with the Providence Bruins.
This is Gordon’s second trip to the AHL this season. In January, he played six games with the Rochester Americans and assisted on two goals. He has played 22 career AHL games. Gordon leads the Royals in goals (22), assists (26) and points (48) in 46 games with the team. In 114 career games with Reading, Gordon has registered 135 points, which is five points shy of becoming the team’s all-time leading scorer.