The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, announced on Monday that forward Tyson Fawcett has signed with the club for the 2023-24 season.
“I am super excited to get back to the Royals and get back into such a first-class organization,” Fawcett said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity I have here and can’t wait to do something special with this team and bring a championship back to Reading!”
Fawcett, 30, signs with the Royals for his 10th professional season. The Barrie, Ontario, Canada native joins the club after four seasons with the Manchester Storm in the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the United Kingdom. With the Storm, Fawcett was an alternate captain in 2020-21 and 2022-23, and recorded 88 points (41g, 47a) and 137 penalty minutes in 168 games.
The 5’7″, 165-pound, right-shot forward played six games for the Royals in the 2018-19 season after being acquired in a trade from the Jacksonville Icemen on Jan. 30, 2019. In his six games with Reading, Fawcett recorded one goal and two penalty minutes. He has played 296 ECHL career games and has produced 54 goals and 122 points. As a rookie with Brampton in 2014-15, Fawcett made the ECHL All-Star game and generated nine goals and 24 points. The next season with Evansville, Fawcett scored a career-best 22 goals and 42 points. He was Elmira’s alternate captain in 2016-17 and has played for the Tulsa Oilers (2016-17), Fort Wayne Komets (2017-18), Jacksonville Icemen (2017-19), and Atlanta Gladiators (2018-19), along with the Royals.
Additionally, Fawcett played two seasons in the OHL (2012-14) with his hometown Barrie Colts and notched 35 goals and 70 points in 130 games.
“We’re excited to add Tyson to our group for the 23-24 season,” Head Coach James Henry said. “He has a great deal of experience within our league and will help boost our leadership group. His work ethic will help push our team to continue to improve.”
The 2023-24 roster is as follows: Forwards (10): Solag Bakich, Alec Butcher, Tyson Fawcett, Brendan Hoffmann, Spencer Kennedy, Austin Master, Mason McCarty, Yvan Mongo, Devon Paliani, and Shane Sellar; Defensemen (three): Mike Chen, Tyler Heidt, and Trevor Thurston; and Goaltender (one): Jacob Kucharski.