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O'Connor re-signs with Kelly Cup champs


Reading, Pa. – The
Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals of the NHL and Hershey Bears of the AHL, today announced that the organization has agreed to terms with forward Ian O’Connor.

O’Connor, who hails from Londonderry, N.H., played 71 games for the Royals last season — 55 in the regular season and 16 of the 22 playoff games it took for the Reading to capture the Kelly Cup. During the regular season, O’Connor also earned an extended 17 game stint in the AHL with the Manchester Monarchs. This past season marked the third stint for O’Connor with the Royals. He began his pro career in Reading late in 2011 after completing his collegiate career at Providence College; and, after starting the 2011-12 season with the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL, O’Connor was acquired from Stockton in March of 2012 and finished that season with Reading.

This past year, O’Connor totaled a career high 33 points (20g-13a) and 47 penalty minutes in 72 total regular season games (55 with Reading; 17 with Manchester). His 18 regular season goals with Reading tied him for third best on the team.

In 2011-12, O’Connor began the season with the Stockton, where he recorded 26 points (15g-11a) and 47 penalty minutes in 49 games prior to being traded on March 6, 2012. O’Connor, who also played two games that year with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL, finished the regular season in strong style with the Royals, registering six points (3g-3a) and seven penalty minutes in 12 games.

O’Connor first joined the Royals in March of 2011, when he was signed to an Amateur Tryout Agreement after completing his senior season at Providence College. In his three separate stints with the Royals, O’Connor has totaled 38 points (22g-16a) and 52 penalty minutes in 73 career regular season games with Reading. In 141 career pro games, O’Connor has 66 points (39g-27a) and 108 penalty minutes. In 21 career pro playoff games, O’Connor has 10 points (8g-2a) and 21 penalty minutes. Prior to turning pro, O’Connor registered 62 points (26g-26a) and 102 penalty minutes in 135 total games in his four seasons at Providence College.