Defensemen Degon, Florentino sign with Royals


Reading, Pa. – The
Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, announced that the team has signed defensemen Marvin Degon and Rob Florentino.

This marks the second stint in Reading for Degon, an eighth-year pro from Worcester, Mass. This year, Degon recorded five assists in 15 games with the Elmira Jackals before being released on Tuesday. Degon, who has played 437 pro games in the AHL, ECHL and Europe, recorded 11 points (4g-7a) in 22 games with the Royals in 2011-12 before leaving for the DEL in Germany. Prior to turning pro, Degon registered 83 points (27g-56a) and 109 penalty minutes in 146 college games at UMass Amherst.

Florentino, a first-year pro from West Roxbury, Mass., has recorded 14 points (5g-9a) in 14 games to lead all defensemen on the Huntsville Havoc of the Southern Professional Hockey League. Last year, Florentino played 11 games with the Las Vegas Wranglers after the completion of his senior season at UMass Boston. During his collegiate career, Florentino led Beacon defensemen in scoring for three consecutive seasons. In his senior year, he was selected as an American Hockey Association Coaches All-American.