Czarnik joins 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 Robert Czarnik.

Last season, Czarnik registered 40 points (23g-17a) and 30 penalty minutes with the Indy Fuel and Ontario Reign before joining the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL late in the season with whom he added four points (1g-3a) in 10 games.

Czarnik, who was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the third round (63rd overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, spent the first three seasons of his pro career in the AHL, primarily with the Manchester Monarchs, after signing an NHL entry-level contract with Los Angeles. In 145 total AHL games, he has recorded 38 points (14g-24a) and 89 penalty minutes.

Prior to turning pro, Czarnik had a breakout season in 2010-11 with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, where he tied for the team lead with 77 points (33g-44a) in 61 games. Czarnik joined the Whalers mid-way through the 2009-10 season after leaving the University of Michigan, where he played 51 total games with 22 points (8g-14a) over a season and a half. During his freshman year with the Wolverines, Czarnik earned the CCHA Rookie of the Week Award on March 2, 2009, for a Michigan team that would advance to the NCAA Tournament. Prior to matriculating to Michigan, Czarnik tied for the team lead in scoring for the bronze medalist Team USA in the 2008 Under-18 World Junior Championships.