Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, ECHL, affiliate of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Ethan Cox.
Cox began last season with the Alaska Aces, where he scored 13 goals and assisted on 15 others and picked up 53 penalty minutes in 53 games. In early March, Cox was traded from the Aces to Reading in return for forward Ryan Cruthers. After playing two games with the Royals, Cox earned a call up to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL. After three games with Bridgeport, Cox re-joined the Royals and in the final game of the regular season, not only scored his first goal as a Royal, but also scored two more to register the 30th hat trick in Royals’ team history. Cox added two assists in Reading’s five playoff games.
Cox, who served as an alternate captain with Alaska, was a member of the 2011 Kelly Cup champion Aces, registering 32 points (15g-17a) in 56 regular season games and adding four points (3g-1a) in the 13 playoff games it took to capture the Cup. Cox, who played to a cumulative +15 during the 2011-12 season, was the ECHL’s Plus-Performer of the Month in March of 2011 when he played to a +19 in 15 games for the eventual Kelly Cup Champions.
Prior to turning pro, Cox had a stellar four-year career at Colgate University, where he was twice selected as the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. In his senior season, Cox was honored by the NCAA during the Frozen Four Tournament at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, when he was bestowed with the 2010 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award, which recognizes extraordinarily conscientious NCAA hockey players. Cox, whose philanthropic efforts are legendary in the Madison County, New York area, was a three-time nominee for the Humanitarian Award. In 150 career games at Colgate, Cox recorded 41 points (17g-24a) and 70 penalty minutes.