Kavanaugh joins Royals’ defense corps

Reading, Pa. – The
Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League and Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, announced that the organization has agreed to terms with defenseman Ryan Kavanagh.

Kavanaugh, a third-year pro who hails from Kirkland, Quebec, recorded 12 points (4g-8a) and 10 penalty minutes in 41 games last season with EHC Red Bull Munchen in the DEL, the premier hockey league in Germany. In 2011-12, his first year of pro hockey, Kavanagh was second in scoring amongst defensemen on EC Red Bull Salzburg of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga with 18 points (7g-11a) in 33 games in the Austrian elite league. That season, Kavanagh and his Salzburg teammates captured the European Trophy Championship, a tournament which pits many of the premier teams in Europe in an extended round robin competition which is capped off with a single elimination playoff.

Prior to turning pro, Kavanagh played three seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He split his final season in the QMJHL between Rimouski Oceanic and Shawinigan Cataractes and ended up leading the league in scoring by a defenseman with 70 points (17g-53a) in 68 games and earned a selection as a First Team All-Star. Kavanagh, who led Rimouski defensemen with 57 points (18g-39a) in 58 games in 2009-10, recorded 143 total points (39g-104a) and 62 penalty minutes in 164 games in the QMJHL.