Fifth-year pro Parker joins Royals

Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL, announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Jonathan Parker.

Last season, Parker registered 26 points (10g-16a) in 27 games for the Colorado Eagles before being traded to the Indy Fuel on Jan. 8. Parker led the Eagles in points-per-game average and was second on the team in overall scoring when he was traded to the Fuel. However, he played only two games for Indy before his season was cut short due to injury. Reading acquired the rights to Parker on June 16 as completion of the future considerations element of the trade that sent defenseman Dan Ford to the Fuel on Nov. 27, 2014.

The 23-year-old has played a total of 159 pro games, 83 in the ECHL where he has racked up a total of 67 points (27g-40a). Parker has also played 76 games in the American Hockey League, all with the Rochester Americans.

Prior to turning pro, Parker had a breakout season in 2010-11 with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League, where he led the team with 45 goals and 86 points in 71 games. In 205 career games in major junior, Parker racked up 155 points (77g-78a) and 140 penalty minutes.