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Matt Brown Selected to 2024 All-Star Classic

by Reading Royals

Jan 05, 2024

The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, announced that forward Matt Brown will represent the Royals at the 2024 Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Gulfstream on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, at Enmarket Arena in Savannah, Georgia. The game will air live exclusively on NHL Network and be streamed via FloHockey.

Brown, 24, is on an American Hockey League contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The Wood Ridge, New Jersey native leads the Royals in points (26) and is tied for the team lead in goals (11) and assists (15) through 21 games played this season. Brown is currently skating in his rookie season under an American Hockey League contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

The 5’9″, 190-pound, left-shot forward recorded an assist and a -2 rating in four games with Lehigh Valley this season. Brown tallied an assist in his professional debut with the Phantoms on Oct. 14 against the Cleveland Monsters.

The Boston University alum recorded a multi-point game (2a) in his Royals debut on Nov. 3, 2023, in Toledo after being loaned to Reading by Lehigh Valley on Oct. 31, 2023.

In total, 21 players from the Royals’ history have participated in the ECHL All-Star Classic over the previous 21 seasons of the team. If Brown plays, he will be the 22nd member of Reading’s franchise history to partake in the event. Additionally, Brown would be the sixth player in franchise history to play in the All-Star Classic in his rookie season. The last Royal to be named an all-star and partake in the event as a rookie was forward Max Newton (2023).

Newton was the last Royals player to participate in the All-Star Classic as he played in the 2023 ECHL All-Star Classic at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia.

Reading has hosted the All-Star Classic twice: once in 2005 and again in 2009.

The 2024 Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Gulfstream will consist of the host Savannah Ghost Pirates taking on a team of ECHL All-Stars representing the other teams in the League. The event will also feature several skills events, which will count as a goal towards the winning player’s team score. The 2024 ECHL All-Star Skills Competition will take place between periods of the game, with results counting towards the cumulative score. The first two periods of the game will be 5-on-5, while the final period will consist of 3-on-3.

There have been 72 players from the ECHL All-Star Game that have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 56 since 2002.

The roster for the ECHL All-Stars was determined in a vote of coaches, team captains, media relations directors, broadcasters, and members of the media.

Prior to the All-Star classic, you can watch Brown and the Royals battle the Maine Mariners on Friday, Jan. 12, and Saturday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. at Santander Arena.

Order tickets: royalshockey.com/tickets.

Upcoming games:

  • Clothe the Community Night – Jan. 12 vs. Maine – Presented by Community Aid Thrift Stores
    Help us collect and provide clothing for our community with Community Aid Thrift Stores.
  • Flyers Affiliation Night – Jan. 13 vs. Maine – Presented by Enersys
    Join us in celebrating our affiliation with the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
    Gritty appearance
    City Edition specialty jersey
    Slapshot Saturday presented by Albright College
    Giveaway: Orange lunchbox
  • Star Wars / Pediatric Cancer Night – Jan. 27 vs. Wheeling
    Join Chewbacca and friends from the Star Wars universe at the arena and help support the fight against pediatric cancer.
    Appearances from your favorite Star Wars characters
    Star Wars specialty jerseys
    Slapshot Saturday presented by Albright College
    Giveaway: Ice Angels team poster

Reading Royals Season Memberships, six-game plans, 10-game plans, and group tickets are available for the 2023-24 season now by visiting the Royals’ box office at Santander Arena or by calling 610-898-7825.

The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, are in 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 champions. The Berks County Convention Center Authority (BCCCA), founded in 1996, owns the Royals and oversees operations at Santander Arena.

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