Crandall, Leonard return to Royals


Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL, announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Justin Crandall and defenseman Curtis Leonard.

Last season, Crandall joined the Royals when he signed an Amateur Tryout Agreement in late March after the completion of his senior season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. In four games with the Royals, Crandall registered three points (1g-2a), which included scoring his first goal as a pro—a power play goal in a 5-3 win over the Florida Everblades on April 3, 2015.

In his senior season at UMD, Crandall was second on the team with 13 goals in 38 games with the Bulldogs. Crandall, who served as an alternate captain last year with UMD, was tied for the team lead in goals in his junior season with fourteen. In 145 career collegiate games, Crandall recorded 79 points (40g-39a) and 120 penalty minutes with the Bulldogs.

Leonard was signed by the Royals to an Amateur Tryout Agreement on March 18, 2015, after the completion of his senior season at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. One day later, he was loaned by the Royals to the Rochester Americans of the AHL, where he recorded his first pro point when he picked up an assist in his first game with the Americans. Leonard was returned to the Royals on April 3 and proceeded to record a pair of penalty minutes in five games with Reading.

In his senior season with R.P.I., Leonard led defensemen on the team with 10 points (2g-8a) in 39 games with the Engineers. Leonard, who was a two-time selection to the ECAC All-Academic Team while at R.P.I., served as a team captain in his senior season. In 151 career games with the Engineers, Leonard registered 43 points (9g-34a) and 84 penalty minutes.