Reading Royals sign Chatham

Senior defenseman Kyle Chatham (seen here in a game against Alaska) signed with the Reading Royals of the ECHL, becoming the 2nd senior to sign this year (Mike Barrett/LHB).

READING, Pa. — Another Laker senior has signed a professional contract.

Defenseman Kyle Chatham has signed a deal with the Reading Royals of the ECHL.

Chatham recently concluded a remarkable career with Lake Superior State, where he was a consistent force on the blue line.

In his sophomore and junior seasons, he was voted Defensive Player of the Year by his teammates.  In addition, he was also named Most Improved Player after his sophomore year.

Over his four years donning the anchor, Chatham netted five goals and 19 assists for 24 points in 145 games.  There were only six games in which he did not play over his career. 

A well-disciplined player, he never took more than 14 penalty minutes in a season.

The native of Belleville, Illinois, is the second senior to sign a pro contract following the conclusion of the Lakers’ season.  Forward J.T. Henke recently signed with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, also of the ECHL.

Chatham’s brother Connor also plays in the ECHL, where he is a forward for the Idaho Steelheads.

The Royals are the ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms.