Tifu returns to Reading after the leading the club to the 2013 ECHL Kelly Cup championship in what is considered by many to be the best single season ever put together by a Royals’ player. This will mark the third year with the Royals for Tifu, who has served as the team’s captain from March of 2012. Since Tifu was acquired from the Chicago Express in a trade for forward Chad Painchaud on Nov. 28, 2011, the Royals have compiled an overall record forty-eight games over .500 (93-45-13) (regular season: 75-37-12; playoffs: 18-9). Tifu has only missed one game in the last 152 (regular season and playoffs) played by the team. He is currently stands fourth in the Royals’ all-time career scoring list, recording 131 total points (47g-84a) in 124 regular season games. He is second all-time in career playoff points with 28 points (14g-14a) in 27 post season games.
The only Royal to play in all 94 games it took last season to capture the Kelly Cup (72 regular season – 22 playoff), Tifu led the team in scoring during both the regular season and playoffs. His 39 total goals (27 in regular season and a league-leading and team record 12 in playoffs) is as many as any player has ever scored in a single season of Royals’ hockey. Tifu recorded a team record 97 total points (72 in regular season and 25 in playoffs) and played to a collective +27 through the championship season.
In the regular season, Tifu led the Royals in goals (27), assists (45) and points (72), which placed him seventh in league scoring. It marked the second consecutive year that Tifu has led the Royals in scoring. Tifu also led the Royals in power play assists (18), multi-point performances (22) and shots on goal (186). His 84 penalty minutes, which included two fighting majors, placed fifth most on the team.
Tifu led the ECHL post-season with 25 points (12g-13a) in 22 playoff games. His 12 playoff goals led the league and his 13 assists placed him fourth. Tifu, who played to a +10 in the playoff season, led the Royals with six power-play points in the post-season (3g-3a). Tifu also led the Royals with seven post-season multi-point performances.