Royals agree to terms with Heywood


Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL, announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Jordan Heywood for the 2015-16 season.

Last season, Heywood led all first-year pros on the Royals with 23 points (9g-14a) and also picked up 31 penalty minutes in 52 games with the team. Heywood’s nine goals tied him for the team lead amongst defensemen.

Prior to turning pro, Heywood registered nine assists and 33 penalty minutes in 33 games in his senior year (2013-14) at Merrimack College. After concluding his collegiate career that season, he 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 earn him a selection to the All-Hockey East Second Team and the All-New England Second Team.