Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, 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 the team has agreed to terms with forwards Dennis McCauley and Matt Schepke.
McCauley, who hails from Billerica, Mass., scored 12 goals and assisted on 21 others in 73 games with the Portland Pirates of the AHL last season. He also was second on the team with 114 penalty minutes and 14 fighting majors. McCauley scored a goal and picked up an assist in four playoff games with the Pirates. In his rookie season with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL, McCauley became only the second player in team history to register double digits in goals (10) and fighting majors (10). Prior to turning pro, McCauley played four seasons at Northeastern University where he recorded 45 points (22g-23a) and 266 penalty minutes in 129 total college games. McCauley was a two-time captain for Northeastern, including his senior season when he and his teammates, which included current Royals Louis Liotti and David Strathman, qualified for the NCAA post-season tournament.
Last season, Schepke, a third year pro from Warren, Mich., scored five goals and assisted on seven others in 15 games with the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. Schepke began the season with a bang – scoring the first goal in Road Warriors’ team history – but sustained an upper body injury in early November that put him out of action for 51 games. He returned to Greenville’s lineup in early March and registered nine points (3g-6a) in his last eight games with the Road Warriors. He also earned a four game call-up to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers during that time span. In his rookie season with the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL, Schepke was selected to represent the Checkers in the ECHL All-Star Game and finished the season with 26 goals – second best on the team. Prior to turning pro, Schepke played three seasons of college hockey at Michigan State University where he registered 54 points (26g-28a) and picked up 122 penalty minutes in 98 games with the Spartans. In his first season at MSU, Schepke was an integral member of the Spartans’ team that captured the 2007 NCAA National Championship.