Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL, announced that the team has signed forward Ian Watters to an ECHL Standard Players Contract.
Watters, who hails from Pickering, Ontario, had his second year of pro hockey cut short last season 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 with 28 penalty minutes.
Prior to turning pro, Watters spent three full seasons with the Brampton Battalion in the Ontario Hockey League, scoring 97 points (45g-52a) over a span of 159 games. In 2010-11, he was second on the Battalion with 20 goals in 68 games. In his overage year, 2011-12, Watters, who served as an alternate captain for the Battalion, recorded 30 points (16g-14a) despite only playing in 34 games.