Royals acquire Roberts from Gwinnett, sign Baxter

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals of the 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 team has acquired defenseman Sam Roberts from the Gwinnett Gladiators in exchange for forward Devin Timberlake, defenseman Dallas Jackson and goaltender Bobby Jarosz. In a separate transaction, the Royals announced that they have signed defenseman Matt Baxter to an Amateur Tryout Agreement.


Roberts, a second year pro from St. John’s, Newfoundland, has registered 12 points (2g-10a) in 49 games with Gladiators this season. On Sunday, he picked up an assist in Gwinnett’s 6-4 win over the Royals. Last season, Roberts, who represented the Gladiators at the 2010 ECHL All-Star Game in Ontario, Calif., picked up 40 points (10g-30a) in 70 games with Gwinnett and was selected to the ECHL’s All-Rookie Team. Prior to turning pro, Roberts was twice member of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League championship teams with the Hull and Gatineau Olympiques. After completing his career in major junior, Roberts played four seasons of Canadian university hockey with St. Francis-Xavier University scoring 70 points (14g-56a) in 109 games.


Timberlake, a first year pro from Port Alberni, British Columbia, picked up 14 points (7g-7a) and 21 penalty minutes in 35 games with Reading. Jackson, a first year pro from Edson, Alberta, scored two goals, assisted on seven others and picked up eight penalty minutes in 30 games with the Royals. In his lone game with the Royals, Jarosz, a first year pro from Crystal Lake, Illinois, made thirty-two saves on thirty-five shots in a 6-3 win over the Trenton Devils on Feb. 23.


Baxter, who hails from Courtice, Ontario, just completed his senior season with the University of Alabama-Huntsville, where he led the Chargers with nine goals, and 13 assists (22 points) in 32 games. Baxter, who served as an alternate captain for the Chargers this past season, registered 33 points (11g-22a) and 68 penalty minutes in 121 collegiate games.