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 defenseman Bryant Molle.
Last season, Molle, who hails from Anchorage, Alaska, played 76 games for the Royals, including all 22 it took for the Royals to capture the Kelly Cup. For Molle, it was his second championship in as many seasons as a pro. In 2011-12, he was a member of the Fort Wayne Komets, who won the Central Hockey League’s President’s Cup.
In 54 regular season games for the Royals last season, Molle recorded nine assists and 93 penalty minutes, which included eight fighting majors. In the post-season, Molle continued his defensive-oriented performance, playing to a +5 in the playoffs. In his rookie year, 2011-12, Molle scored a goal and assisted on five others, registered 144 penalty minutes, and played to a +23 in 60 regular season games with Fort Wayne then of the Central Hockey League. Molle added five points (1g-4a) and six penalty minutes in 16 playoff games in helping the Komets capture the CHL’s Ray Miron President’s Cup Championship. In 116 career pro regular season games, Molle has 15 points (1g-14a) and 244 penalty minutes.
Prior to turning pro, Molle played collegiately at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. In his senior season, Molle, who served as an alternate captain for the Nanooks, received the team’s Most Dedicated Player and Unsung Hero awards and was a finalist in the nationwide Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award presented by the Hockey Commissioners Association annually at the NCAA’s Frozen Four Tournament. At the conclusion of his senior year, Molle was also named as the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as well as a Lowe’s Second Team All-Senior All-American.