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Royals Acquire Dajon Mingo, D, from Fort Wayne for Future Considerations, Tag Bertuzzi, F, Returned from Hartford

by Reading Royals

Mar 07, 2024

The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, announced that defenseman Dajon Mingo has been acquired from the Fort Wayne Komets in exchange for Future Considerations. Additionally, forward Tag Bertuzzi has been released from his Player Tryout Agreement (PTO) with the Hartford Wolfpack and returned to Reading.

Mingo, 33, has recorded three points (1g-2a), 12 penalty minutes, and a +2 rating in 17 games to open the 2023-24 season. The Canton, Michigan native is in the eighth season of his professional career. Mingo has accumulated 172 points (44g-128a), 287 penalty minutes, and a +23 rating in 368 professional career games.

A product of Bowling Green State University, Mingo has played a part in all eight seasons in the ECHL, including stops in Toledo (29 gp), Kalamazoo (67 gp), Jacksonville (171 gp), Cincinnati (65 gp), Adirondack (6 gp), and Fort Wayne (17 gp). Mingo also had a stint with the Manitoba Moose in the American Hockey League, where he posted a +3 rating in three games played during the 2018-19 season.

Additionally, Mingo played one season in the United States Hockey League (USHL) for the Des Moines Buccaneers in 2010-11, following one season in the North American Hockey League (NAHL).

Bertuzzi, 23, recorded one point (1a) in his eighth and final game on his PTO with Hartford against the Laval Rocket on Friday, March 1. This was Bertuzzi’s first AHL career point during his second stint at the American Hockey League level, as he appeared in one game for the Charlotte Checkers in the 2022-23 season.

The 6’1″, 220-pound, left-shot forward has registered 20 points (10g-10a), 13 penalty minutes, and a -7 rating in 28 games for the Royals this season. The Vancouver, British Columbia native was acquired by the Royals on Nov. 26, 2023, from the Tulsa Oilers in exchange for forward Alec Butcher.

Bertuzzi laced up for 14 games for Tulsa to open the 2023-24 season. The 6’1″, 220-pound, left-shot forward recorded three points (1g-2a), -5 rating, and six penalty minutes with Tulsa. He totaled 52 points (24g-28a) and 32 penalty minutes in 64 games with Norfolk and Tulsa as a rookie last season.

Tag is the son of former NHL All-Star Todd Bertuzzi, and current Toronto Maple Leaf Tyler Bertuzzi is his first cousin.

The Royals continue their five-game homestand on Wednesday, March 6, in a three-game series opener with the Norfolk Admirals at 7 p.m. at Santander Arena. This game will feature a Wild Wednesday promotional game featuring $2 dollar beer at select locations on the concourse, BOGO college student tickets, and $6.10 Orange Zone tickets available at the box office.

To order tickets, visit royalshockey.com/tickets.

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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