Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League and Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, today announced that the organization has agreed to terms with defenseman Damon Kipp.
Last year in his first full season as a pro, Kipp, who hails from Salmon Arm, British Columbia, scored five goals, assisted on seven others and was assessed 22 penalty minutes in 52 regular season games with the South Carolina Stingrays. Kipp, whose first goal as a pro came against the Royals in a game won by South Carolina on Nov. 30, played to a collective +8 in the regular season, which was third best amongst the team’s defensemen. In four playoff games, Kipp recorded one assist for the Stingrays, who were eliminated in the first round by the Gwinnett Gladiators.
Kipp began his pro career in March of 2011, when he joined South Carolina and picked up a helper in four regular-season games, and another assist in seven playoff games for the Stingrays after the completion of his senior season at the University of New Hampshire. While at UNH, Kipp, a two-time member of the Hockey East All-Academic Team, twice led the club in blocked shots. During his senior season, Kipp was selected as a co-captain for the Wildcats, who earned a berth in the NCAA tournament in three of Kipp’s four years of eligibility. In 140 total collegiate games, Kipp recorded 45 points (11g-34a) and 124 penalty minutes.