Rookie defenseman Ford joins Royals

Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Dan Ford.

Last season, Ford served as team captain for the Harvard Crimson, picking up three assists and 21 penalty minutes in 31 collegiate games. After the completion of his senior season, Ford joined the South Carolina Stingrays for five games.

Ford matriculated at Harvard after serving as an alternate captain for the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League, where he was named the team’s top defenseman. In his freshman with the year with the Crimson, Ford recorded nine points (1g-8a) and 12 penalty minutes in 34 games, earning him the team’s George Percy Award as Harvard’s top rookie. Ford’s most prolific season with the Crimson came in his sophomore season when he recorded 15 points (2g-13a) in 34 games, which was good enough for third best amongst defenseman on the team. In 131 college games, Ford scored five goals, assisted on 28 others and had 61 penalty minutes.