Reading, PA – The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Ryan Cruthers.
Last season, Cruthers, who hails from Farmingdale, New York, scored 22 goals, assisted on 35 others and picked up 44 penalty minutes in 51 regular season games with the Royals. Cruthers, who was selected as the Royals’ Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, also earned four separate call-ups last year to the American Hockey League, where he registered four points (3g-1a) and 11 penalty minutes in 15 AHL games. Cruthers, who is the all-time career team leading scorer in the post-season for the Royals with 32 points (13g-19) in 24 career playoff games, tied for the team lead with eight points (5g-3a) in the eight post-season games played by Reading in 2011.
Cruthers, who will be entering his fourth season of pro this year, is currently fourth on the all-time career scoring list for the Royals with 128 points (44g-84a) in 111 regular season games with the team. Cruthers, who kicked off his pro career by leading the Mississippi Sea Wolves in 2008-09 with 29 goals and 37 assists in 65 games, has racked up 196 points (73g-123a) in 180 total ECHL games. Prior to turning pro, Cruthers played two seasons of college hockey for the U.S. Military Academy, where he won the Outstanding Freshman Award before transferring to Robert Morris University. While at RMU, Cruthers had two spectacular seasons, which culminated with being selected as College Hockey America’s Player of the Year in 2008.