Defenseman Campanale returns to 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 defenseman Matt Campanale.

Last year, Campanale set personal career highs for goals (7), assists (19) and points (26) while leading the Royals with 71 games played. Campanale, who played to a +7 in the regular season, recorded six power play points (1g-5a), and he also appeared in all five postseason games played by the Royals last year.

Campanale was signed by Reading last summer after splitting the 2012-13 season between Elmira and Las Vegas. In 68 total games that year, he racked up 19 points (4g-15a) and 18 penalty minutes. In the playoffs, Campanale scored two goals and assisted on four others for the Wranglers in a seven-game series against Stockton. In his first full season of pro hockey in 2011-12, Campanale recorded 22 points (6g-16a) in 58 games for Elmira and earned the team’s co-Defenseman of the Year Award. In 212 career pro games, Campanale has 68 points (18g-50a) and 72 penalty minutes.

Campanale began his pro career after the completion of his senior season at the University of New Hampshire in April of 2011, when he joined the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL. After playing two games in Bridgeport, Campanale was signed to an Amateur Tryout Agreement by the New York Islanders of the NHL on April 6, 2011, and logged 8:21 of ice-time in his NHL debut, a 3-2 loss for the Islanders to the Boston Bruins at TD Bank Garden in Boston.

Prior to turning pro, Campanale played four seasons at UNH where was named a team captain in his senior season for the school, which earned an NCAA tournament berth in all four seasons of Campanale’s eligibility. In his senior year with the Wildcats, 2010-11, Campanale played to team-leading +25, and was second on the team with 48 blocked shots. In 106 total college games, Campanale recorded 24 points (3g-21a) and 32 penalty minutes.