The Bruins announced Wednesday that they have renewed their affiliation with the Reading Royals of the East Coast Hockey League. The Maple Leafs  have done the same, making the upcoming season the second in a row that the two have shared the affiliation. It is the third straight year the Leafs have used Reading for grooming prospects.
‘We’re extremely pleased to renew our affiliation relationships with Toronto and Boston,’ Royals general manager Gordon Kaye said. ‘Over the past two seasons, we have been very pleased as our interaction with the Maple Leafs and Marlies has expanded, and adding Boston as an affiliate last year provided our team with additional source of talent, while providing an excellent opportunity for young prospects to improve and advance their careers in Reading.’
Goaltender Matt Dalton and forward Yannick Riendeau are among the Bruins prospects to have seen time at Reading.
“There is no question but that a considerable factor in our team’s success last season was the active participation of the player development departments in Toronto and Boston,” Reading head coach Larry Courville said. “We look forward to continuing these efforts with our affiliates to accomplish our goals of developing young talent and winning games in Reading.’