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Royals agree to terms with forward Ian Watters


Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL, announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Ian Watters.

Last season, Watters registered 25 points (4g-21a) and 75 penalty minutes in 57 games with the Royals. He added three assists in seven games against South Carolina in the Kelly Cup Playoffs

Watters’ second pro season in 2013-14 was cut short when he was injured in his seventh game with the Royals. Prior to sustaining his season-ending injury, Watters picked up one assist for Reading. In his rookie season, 2012-13, Watters began the year with the Orlando Solar Bears where he played one game before being released. He landed with the Augusta RiverHawks of the Southern Professional Hockey League, where he recorded 17 points (8g-9a) and 47 penalty minutes in 25 games, before being signed by the Idaho Steelheads in mid-January. In 37 games with Idaho, he scored nine goals, assisted on 14 others and was assessed 28 penalty minutes. In 127 career pro regular season games over the past three seasons, Watters has scored 66 points (21g-45a) and racked up 150 penalty minutes.

Prior to turning pro, Watters spent three full seasons with the Brampton Battalion in the Ontario Hockey League, scoring 45 goals and assisting on 52 others over a span of 159 games. In 2010-11, he was second on the Battalion with 20 goals in 68 games. In his final season of major junior, 2011-12, Watters, who served as an alternate captain for the Battalion, recorded 30 points (16g-14a) despite only playing in 34 games in a season that was disrupted by injury.