Royals agree to terms with Cox


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 Ethan Cox.

Last season, Cox, who hails from Richmond, British Columbia, played a total of 87 games for the Royals — 65 in the regular season and all 22 playoff games it took for Reading to capture the 2013 Kelly Cup. This marked the second Kelly Cup Championship in the last three seasons for Cox, who won it all with the Alaska Aces in 2011.

This past regular season, Cox, who served as one of the team’s alternate captains, recorded 29 points (8g-21a) and played to a +14, earning the team’s Defensive Player of the Year award at the Fan’s Choice Awards Banquet. In the postseason, Cox registered seven points (2g-5a) and played to a +11.

This will be the third season in Reading for Cox, who was originally acquired by the Royals in a trade-deadline deal with the Alaska Aces in March of 2012. In 188 career pro regular season games over the past 3 years, which includes six AHL games, Cox has recorded 95 points (39g-56a) and 120 penalty minutes. In 40 career Kelly Cup Playoff games, Cox has 13 points (5g-8a) and 20 penalty minutes.

Prior to turning pro, Cox had a stellar four-year career at Colgate University, where he was twice selected as the Raiders’ Defensive Player of the Year. In his senior season, Cox was honored by the NCAA during the Frozen Four Tournament at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, when he was bestowed with the 2010 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award, which recognizes extraordinarily conscientious NCAA hockey players. Cox was a three-time nominee for the Humanitarian Award. In 150 career games at Colgate, he recorded 41 points (17g-24a) and 70 penalty minutes.