Royals sign defenseman Derik Johnson

Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL, announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Derik Johnson.

Last season, Johnson registered five points (1g-4a) and a team-leading 63 penalty minutes in 43 for the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, who earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Northeast Regional Finals before being eliminated by Boston University. After the completion of his senior season at UM-D, Johnson joined the Missouri Mavericks owhere he played five games and registered six penalty minutes.

Johnson, who led UM-D in penalty minutes twice during his college career, registered 17 points (2g-15a) and 211 penalty minutes in 108 career games with the Bulldogs. Johnson’s father, Jim, who had a thirteen year NHL career (during which he racked up a total of 1197 penalty minutes), is currently an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL.