Reading, PA - The Reading Royals
of the 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 defenseman Brad Walch. A first year pro from Saginaw, Michigan, Walch (6'1/211) (21) is the tenth player (and fourth defenseman) announced as signed by the Royals for the 2012-13 season, joining forwards Ethan Cox, Tyler Gron, Chris Langkow, Trevor Lewis
, Ian O'Connor, and Yannick Tifu, and defensemen Derrick LaPoint, Bryant Molle and Denny Urban.
Last season, Walch led defensemen on the Saginaw Spirit
of the Ontario Hockey League with twenty-three points (5g-18a) and a plus-21 (+21) ratio in sixty-eight regular season games. Walch, who was selected as the team's best defenseman, added ten points (1g-9a) in twelve post-season games for the Spirit. Walch then got a taste of pro, playing two playoff games for the Missouri Mavericks
of the Central Hockey League. The only player from the Saginaw area to play for the OHL's Spirit in the team's history, Walch established a franchise record in his four seasons with Saginaw by playing a total of 303 regular season and playoff games.