Blandina returns for third season in Reading

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 agreed to terms with forward Brandon Blandina.

Last year, Blandina started the season with the Elmira Jackals, where he recorded one assist in eight games before being released in late November. He then joined the Royals and proceeded to rack up a career-high 23 points (7g-16a) while playing to a +15 in 55 games with Reading. Blandina, who led the Royals with three short-handed goals, recorded 34 penalty minutes with the team, which included three fighting majors. Blandina added a goal and an assist in three postseason games with the Royals.

This will be Blandina’s fourth stint with the Royals. In the 2012-13 Kelly Cup championship season, he played four games in two separate stints with Reading without registering any points or penalty minutes. That year, he also had a pair of stints in Elmira, scoring seven goals, assisting on 11 others and registering 21 penalty minutes for the Jackals. At the end of that season, Blandina was selected as the Jackals’ team Rookie of the Year. In his two years of pro, Blandina has compiled 42 career points (14g-28a) and 59 penalty minutes in 110 pro games. Prior to turning pro, Blandina had a four-year collegiate career at Robert Morris University where he registered 38 points (11g-27a) and 56 penalty minutes in 133 games with the Colonials.