Royals sign O’Connor

Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Ian O’Connor.


Last year, O’Connor began the season with the Stockton Thunder, where he recorded 26 points (15g-11a) and 47 penalty minutes in 49 games prior to being traded to the Royals on March 6. O’Connor, who also played two games last year with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL, finished the regular season in strong style with the Royals, registering six points (3g-3a) and seven penalty minutes in 12 games. O’Connor continued his hot hand in the playoffs, scoring a goal in each of the first two games of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Elmira Jackals, including the game winner in the Royals’ 4-2 win in Game 2 of that series.


O’Connor, who played collegiately at Providence College, played six games with the Royals 2010-11, scoring his first pro goal and picking up seven penalty minutes, after the completion of his senior season with the Friars. In that final year at Providence College, O’Connor led the Friars in scoring with 24 points (8g-16a) in 34 games. In 135 total collegiate games, O’Connor registered 62 points (26g-26a) and 102 penalty minutes.