Reading Pennsylvania Sports
At the end of June 2008, General Manager Gordon Kaye announced that Taylor would leave Reading to become head coach of the newly acquired ECHL franchise Rochester Americans. On 24 July 2008 Reading announced that Jason Nobili will be head coach for the 2008 / 09 season. Courville announced he would step down at the end of the 2016-17 season and return as assistant coach in 2017-18.
Unfortunately Nobili could not elicit much from the team and was dismissed by Kaye after the 2008 / 09 season. Taylor led the teams to a strong regular-season finish in the North Division finals, where their tour ended in a seven-game sweep against the Cincinnati Cyclones. The Monarchs scored 88 points in the regular season and then swept the Royals in both North Division semifinals, but they were the only team to lead them to seven games before the playoffs. They continued their streak of sweeping every other team before winning the Kelly Cup.
They became regular champions of the North Division and lost only to the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in their only North Division final against them.
Muse split the season between Reading and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL and secured the league - with 931 per cent. The Royals defeated the Thunder in six games to claim the team's first Kelly Cup, and goaltender Riley Gill had a 29-save shutout in a 5-0 victory in Game 5 of their first-round series against the Riverhounds. They earned the title with an 8-1-2 record in the regular season and a 6-4-3 record in the playoffs. Riley Gill was named MVP of these playoffs and Muse finished second in goals against average (2.01) and save% (.931).
Before announcing his retirement after this season, Matt Willows led the team in goals against average (2.01) and save% (.931) during the regular season.
Captain Yannick Tifu played in all regular season and postseason games for the Royals, scoring the game-winning goal in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Kings. Jamie Phillips played in nine games for Reading Royals - 8 - 2 - 0 - 1 before being loaned back to Reading at the close of trade. The Royals became the first team in franchise history to make a playoff appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs. If the franchise gets active again in the ECHL, it will become the second oldest professional hockey franchise in North America, behind only the San Jose Sharks.
The Monarchs won the first two games of the series, with goalie John Muse making 54 saves in game one. The Chill would go on to win two conference championships and the playoffs in five of eight seasons, and win the 2013 Kelly Cup championship after defeating the Stockton Thunder in four games, one of which the Royals won.
David Paitson was the team's first president and general manager, while former NHL player Terry Ruskowski was its head coach. The team started with the goal of bringing hockey to a new audience and building a strong fan base. It took two seasons to reach the playoffs after this had happened in 1994 under coach Ruskowski, but in 2000 the chill paved the way for the creation of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and the first - ever AHL team in Pennsylvania State. In 2003, they made their first playoff appearance and won the North Division playoff championship under head coach Derek Clancey.
Santander Arena in the city of Reading, Pennsylvania, which is also named after the team's first opponent, the Reading Challengers of the Western Hockey League (WHL).