Royals add rookie defenseman Haywood


Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL, announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Jordan Heywood.

Last season, Heywood, who hails from Regina, Saskatchewan, registered nine assists and 33 penalty minutes in 33 games in his senior season at Merrimack College. He then joined the Bakersfield Condors where he recorded three assists and two penalty minutes in five games.

Heywood kicked off his career at Merrimack in 2010-11 by leading all defensemen and first year players in Hockey East in plus-minus, playing to a +24 in 39 games for the Warriors, who ended up qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. During his sophomore season, Heywood was second on the team with 15 assists, and his 19 points (4g-15a) placed him second in scoring amongst defensemen on the team. His most prolific season as a Warrior came in his junior year, when he recorded 21 points (8g-13a) in 38 games, which was good enough to get him selected to the All-Hockey East Second Teama and the All-New England Second Team.

A three-time captain for the Warriors, Heywood received the Tim Burke ‘Warrior’ Award for perseverance, toughness and dedication at the conclusion of his collegiate career, during which he established a school record for total games played (147). In his time with at Merrimack, Heywood recorded a total of 65 points (14g-51a) and 160 penalty minutes.