Nick Luukko returns to Royals’ blue line

Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Nick Luukko.

Luukko, who hails from West Chester, Pa., signed an American Hockey League contract with the Flyers prior to the start of last season and was loaned by the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to the Royals in early October. He proceeded to rack up 14 points (4g-10a) and 22 penalty minutes in 65 regular-season games with Reading. Luukko closed out the year by playing a pair of postseason games for the Royals in his first taste of playoffs at the professional level.

Luukko, a sixth-round pick of the Flyers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, kicked off his pro career late in the 2014-15 season when he joined Lehigh Valley for six games after the conclusion of his senior season at the University of Vermont. In his final year of collegiate play, Luukko registered a career-best 14 points (2g-12a) and 14 penalty minutes in 41 games with Catamounts. In four seasons at Vermont Luukko racked up 35 points (8g-27a) and 72 penalty minutes in 131 college games. Luukko’s father, Peter, is a former executive with Comcast-Spectacor in Philadelphia and is currently the executive chairman of the Florida Panthers of the NHL and Sunrise Sports & Entertainment.