Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, 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 Casey Haines.
Last season, Haines scored 18 goals, assisted on 16 others and picked up 30 penalty minutes in 64 regular season games with the Royals. Haines, who hails from Indiana, Pa., also earned a one game call-up to the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL. In eight post-season games with the Royals, Haines, who was selected as the team’s Rookie of the Year, scored a goal and picked up three assists.
Prior to turning pro, Haines had a stellar four-year collegiate career at Ferris State University. In his senior season, Haines was second on the team in scoring with 31 points (12g-19a) and led the Bulldogs with five game-winning goals. Haines was also a primary component of Ferris State’s penalty killing unit, which led the NCAA in 2009-10 with an 88.4% kill ratio. Haines capped his college experience on a high note when he received FSU’s Willie Bouyer Leadership Award, the athletic department’s most prestigious honor which is bestowed upon an athlete who exhibits strong inspirational leadership and dedication to fellow student-athletes. Haines, who also received the team’s Most Improved Player Award as a junior at FSU, registered 60 points (25g-35a) in 142 total collegiate games with the Bulldogs.