Molle returns for third season with Reading

Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League and Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Bryant Molle.

This will mark Molle’s third season with the Royals. Last season, the Anchorage, Alaska native registered a career high 11 assists in 67 games for the Royals. The fourth-year pro also led the Royals with 100 penalty minutes, which included a team-leading 10 fighting majors. Molle, who was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year, also played to a +18 last season, which led all defensemen on the team.

In his first season with Reading in 2012-13, Molle recorded nine assists and 93 penalty minutes in 54 regular-season games. Molle, who was named the team’s Unsung Hero that year, played to a +18 during the regular season. In 121 career regular season games with the Royals, he has now played to a collective +36, which is tied (with Ethan Cox) as the all-time career team leader in that category. His 193 total penalty minutes with Reading is 16th all-time (four PIMs behind Head Coach Larry Courville), and his 18 total fighting majors is fifth in the Royals’ all-time record book.

Molle, who was a critical member of the Royals 2013 Kelly Cup championship team, also won a championship in his rookie season in 2011-12, as a member of the Fort Wayne Komets club that captured the Central Hockey League’s Ray Miron President’s Cup championship. During the regular season that year, he recorded six points (1g-5a) and 144 penalty minutes and played to a +23 in 60 games.

Prior to turning pro, Molle played collegiately at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. In his senior season, Molle, who served as an alternate captain for the Nanooks, received the team’s Most Dedicated Player and Unsung Hero awards and was a finalist in the nationwide Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award presented by the Hockey Commissioners Association annually at the NCAA’s Frozen Four Tournament. At the conclusion of his senior year, Molle was named as the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as well as a Lowe’s Second Team All-Senior All-American.