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Reading Royals Press Conference 7/9/08 12:00

The press conference was rescheduled to noon today and the" purpose of this press conference is to announce and discuss a major development regarding the Royals’ organization."

Aside from an affiliation change, I can't imagine what else it could be about.

Perhaps an affiliation with Philadelphia/Philadelphia or Washington/Hershey? I'm still leaning towards Philadelphia/Philadelphia affiliation, which then could lead to Reading joining the AHL with the Reading Phantoms. The chain of events (last season of the Spectrum, the establishment of the Ontario Reign, this press conference) seem too coincidental to not be anything else.

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Toronto doesn't have an ECHL affiliate so speculation is that Reading could become theirs.

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You mean aside from announcing a new coach? They haven't done that yet.

http://www.readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=98364

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The team will stay the Royals (probably a color change though) andthey will be with the Leafs

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The team will stay the Royals (probably a color change though) andthey will be with the Leafs
Where did you hear/see this? There's nothing on the Royals site about it.

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It is confirmed as Toronto. The GM announced months ago that the purple color and name would stay, so he must have asked that up front. So much for the Philly hopes...I had them, myself. Am not thrilled about this.

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The team will stay the Royals (probably a color change though) andthey will be with the Leafs
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The Royals site has been updated as well.

Was the LA Kings affiliation mentioned at all or are the Leafs the Royals sole ECHL parent club?

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http://www.royalshockey.com/news/news.asp?story_id=612

While it's buried at the bottom of the article

"The Los Angeles Kings of the NHL and the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL, who have served as the Royals’ affiliates for the past seven seasons, will continue in a participating affiliation relationship with Reading."

Sounds to me that the Kings affiliation will be downplayed with the focus being on the Leafs.

It's a shame, it could have been a perfect situation for the Flyers/Phantoms.

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would the colors stay the same since they are with the leafs now?

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would the colors stay the same since they are with the leafs now?
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"From the Royals’ perspective, the new affiliation arrangement with Toronto will serve as the basis for the team’s 2008-09 marketing campaign: “The New Royal Blue”. Throughout the season, the Royals intend to highlight hockey’s rich tradition, whether it be in Toronto or southeastern Pennsylvania, including acting as the host of the 2009 ECHL All-Star Game and Skills Challenge. The team will continue to utilize the same colors worn for the past seven seasons in Reading—purple, black, silver and white. The Royals will also continue to wear the new uniforms that were unveiled during the team’s 2008 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoff run."

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"From the Royals’ perspective, the new affiliation arrangement with Toronto will serve as the basis for the team’s 2008-09 marketing campaign: “The New Royal Blue”. Throughout the season, the Royals intend to highlight hockey’s rich tradition, whether it be in Toronto or southeastern Pennsylvania, including acting as the host of the 2009 ECHL All-Star Game and Skills Challenge. The team will continue to utilize the same colors worn for the past seven seasons in Reading—purple, black, silver and white. The Royals will also continue to wear the new uniforms that were unveiled during the team’s 2008 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoff run."
Leaf fan here, how good of an organization is Reading?

I'm hoping that Toronto utilizes their ECHL affiliation better than they have in the past, haven't had a lot of prospects to place. Maybe in the next couple of years with their increased focus on development they might be able to place first year pros here to ease them into professional hockey.

How much control do the Leafs/Marlies have over style of play? Not asking icetime just want to know whether their will be corrolation to be able to step in at the next level because the basics at the next level are the same.

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