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Royals Sign Collegeville, PA Native Connor McMenamin, F, to SPC, Darren Brady, D, Loaned to Reading by Lehigh Valley

by Reading Royals

Mar 26, 2024

The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, announced that they have signed forward Connor McMenamin to a Standard Player Contract (SPC). Additionally, defenseman Darren Brady has been loaned to Reading by Lehigh Valley.

McMenamin, 25, opens his professional career in Reading after five seasons in the NCAA, with his fifth-year graduate season spent at the University of Minnesota-Duluth following four seasons at Penn State University. With the Bulldogs this season, the Collegeville, Pennsylvania native recorded 21 points (6g-15a) and totaled 12 penalty minutes and a -9 rating in 35 games.

The 5’11”, 185-pound, left-shot forward played from 2019-23 for Penn State, where he recorded 66 points (24g-42a) in 129 games played with the Nittany Lions. Throughout his five-year NCAA career, McMenamin totaled 87 points (30g-57a), 57 penalty minutes, and a +10 rating across 164 NCAA career games.

McMenamin was an alternate captain for Penn State in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 campaigns before joining the University of Minnesota-Duluth as a graduate student in 2023-24. He previously played in the USHL, primarily with the Tr-City Storm, where he was Team Captain in the 2018-19 season.

At Tri-City, McMenamin played alongside current Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ronnie Attard and Lehigh Valley Phantoms forward Brendan Furry. McMenamin finished fourth on the team in points (44) and second on the team in goals 26) behind Attard who posted a team-high 30 goals.

Brady, 27, returns on loan from Lehigh Valley after being recalled from his loan to Reading on Tuesday, March 19. The Lake Orion, Michigan native has skated in 39 games for the Royals this season, where he has recorded 17 points (3g-14a), six penalty minutes, and a +3 rating.

This is Brady’s third loan to Reading from Lehigh Valley this season after previously being recalled from his first of two loans on Nov. 2, 2023. With Lehigh Valley, the 6’0″, 198-pound, right-shot defenseman recorded an assist in his first of two games with the Phantoms on Nov. 3 against the Hartford Wolfpack.

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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