Royals, Walrod agree to terms


Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League and Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League, announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Kevin Walrod.

Walrod, who will be entering his second year of pro hockey, recorded 24 points (8g-16a) and played to a +15 in 39 games with Reading last season. Walrod also bagged a pair of playoff points, scoring a goal and recording an assist in the team’s only post-season win last year — a 4-2 victory in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Fort Wayne Komets.

A native of Westside, British Columbia, Walrod was picked up by the Royals on Jan. 6, after being waived by the Evansville IceMen. His acquisition coincided with the Royals’ remarkable 31-10-3 record in the final 44 games of the regular season.

Walrod began his rookie season with the Bloomington Thunder of the Southern Professional Hockey League, where he led the team with 23 points (13g-10a) in 21 games prior to being called-up and signed by Evansville on Dec. 27.

Prior to turning pro, Walrod played four seasons of college hockey for Michigan State University, where he racked up 44 points (16g-28a) and 62 penalty minutes in 123 games with the Spartans. After the conclusion of his collegiate career in March of 2013, he joined the Bakersfield Condors for four games.