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John Snowden Joins Phantoms’ Coaching Staff

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John Snowden Joins Phantoms’ Coaching Staff

The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, recognize former Royal John Snowden for being added to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms’ coaching staff as an assistant coach.

Snowden, 41, played one season with the Royals (’06-07), where he posted 30 points (12g-18a) and 49 penalty minutes in 63 regular season games. That season, Snowden tied with forward Joe Zappala for the team lead in game-winning goals (5).

The Everett, WA native played 986 career professional games in North America mostly in the ECHL and the former Central Hockey League where he scored 236 goals with 271 assists for 507 points. Snowden joins the Phantoms after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach with the Toronto Marlies. Snowden won a Kelly Cup Championship in the ECHL in 2019 with the Newfoundland Growlers after stepping in as head coach from an assistant coach mid-season. He spent two seasons with Newfoundland following a three-year stint as an assistant with the Orlando Solar Bears.

The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, are preparing for their 22nd season in the ECHL. They won their first Kelly Cup championship in 2013 and have clinched playoff berths in 12 of the previous 13 seasons. They are five-time division champions and were the 2021-22 Eastern Conference champion. The Berks County Convention Center Authority (BCCCA), founded in 1996, owns the Royals and oversees operations at Santander Arena.