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Royals Sign Anthony Yurkins, F, and Dilan Savenkov, D, to SPCs

by Reading Royals

Feb 09, 2024

The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, announced that forward Anthony Yurkins and defenseman Dilan Savenkov have signed Standard Player Contracts (SPC).

Yurkins, 25, began his first professional season in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) with the Fayetteville Marksmen. The Staten Island, New York native registered 14 points (5g-9a), 14 penalty minutes, and a +4 rating with the Marksmen.

The 5’10”, 174-pound, left-shot forward played for Aurora University in the NCAA D-3, where he recorded 10 points (4g-6a) and eight penalty minutes in 39 NCAA career games played.

Yurkins played for the Royals’ all-time leading scorer, Ryan Cruthers, at Fayetteville and in juniors with the Charlotte Rush (USPHL).

Savenkov, 22, began his first professional season in the ECHL with the Trois-Rivières Lions, Cincinnati Cyclones and Orlando Solar Bears. The Tallinn, Estonia native played in seven total games, where he registered nine penalty minutes and a +1 rating. Savenkov is the first Estonia-born player in franchise history.

The 6’0″, 207-pound, right-shot defenseman played two seasons for the University of Alberta in the U Sports before signing his first professional contract with Trois-Rivières on Oct. 9, 2023. At the University of Alberta, Savenkov recorded seven points (3g-4a) and 20 penalty minutes in 30 U Sports career games played.

Savenkov made his professional debut against the Royals on Oct. 29, 2023, in Reading’s 7-6 win over Trois-Rivières. He recorded a +1 rating in the game as a member of the Lions.

The Royals continue a three-game series against the Wheeling Nailers in Wheeling, West Virginia, on Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 10, with 7:10 p.m. face-offs at WesBanco Arena.

The Royals return home on Saturday, Feb. 17, for their Reading Premium Night promotional game presented by SlyFox Beer! The home game will feature a pre-game Happy Hour (6-7 p.m.) and a pre-game photo opportunity with Slapshot in sec. 109 up until 6:15 p.m., presented by Albright College.

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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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