Royals add rookie forward Higgs

Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL, announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Brock Higgs.

Last season, in his senior year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Higgs was the team’s second leading scorer with 30 points (14g-16a) in 37 games. Higgs, who received the team’s Ben Mayo Most Inspirational Player award, also led the Engineers with 59 penalty minutes. After the conclusion of his final season at RPI, Higgs joined the Worcester Sharks of the AHL where he had an immediate impact, which included scoring the game winning goal in a 4-0 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in his second pro game. Higgs went on to finish with six points (3g-3a) and four penalty minutes in 16 games with the Sharks.

Higgs storied collegiate career at RPI actually began on a somewhat scary note in his freshman season when he suffered a horrific injury to his throat and neck area from the blade of a teammate’s skate. Higgs not only recovered from that injury, he was selected as the team’s Rookie of the Year. In his sophomore season, Higgs led the Engineers with 23 points (3g-20a) in 34 games. However, he may have saved the best for last at RPI, when he served as a team captain and earned a nomination for the Hobey Baker Award, which is bestowed upon the nation’s top college hockey player.

Recognition for the athletic accomplishments and off-ice character of Higgs, who ended with 27 goals and 91 points in 137 games at RPI, accumulated at an accelerated pace after the conclusion of his collegiate career. This past April, Higgs was selected as the 2014 recipient of the Men’s Hockey CLASS Award, which is a nationwide award bestowed upon the senior player who exhibits excellence in the classroom, community, character and competition. In May, Higgs received the Livingston W. Houston Citizenship Award at RPI honoring the ‘First Citizen of the College,” for character, leadership, scholarship and athletic ability. The school also honored Higgs with the Henry Kumpf Award, recognizing a senior student athlete for motivation, desire and determination.