Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League and Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, announced that the organization has agreed to terms with defenseman Mike Banwell.
Banwell, a third-year pro from Scarborough, Ontario, began last season with the Trenton Titans where he recorded one assist and 10 penalty minutes in 10 games before earning a call-up to the Worcester Sharks of the AHL. Banwell logged a total of 19 games with the Sharks, scoring one goal, assisting on two others and recording 15 penalty minutes. Banwell was released by Worcester in late January and was promptly picked up by the Springfield Falcons of the AHL, playing 19 additional games with the Falcons, notching two assists.
Banwell split his rookie season, 2011-12, between Trenton and the Albany Devils in the AHL, where he picked up three assists and 20 penalty minutes in 24 AHL games. Banwell, who has played a total of 66 AHL games in his first two years, began his pro career late in March of 2011 with Albany after completing a four year collegiate career at the University of Maine. While with the Black Bears, Banwell registered 18 points (5g-13a) and 160 penalty minutes in 109 total college games.