Reading Royals set to skate into big weekend on home ice

Annual Battle of the Badges game set for Sunday

READING, Pa. - The Reading Royals will be back on their home ice for what's being billed as one of the largest weekends of their season.

It all gets underway Friday night, when the Royals play host to the Cincinnati Cyclones at the Santander Arena.

Friday night is "Hockey 'N Heels Night," with the first 1,500 women being given a pink knit hat.

The Brampton Beast will come to town Saturday for "Pink in the Rink Night. A pink knit scarf will be given to the first 1,500 women. The Royals will also wear special jerseys and play on pink ice.

Game time on Friday and Saturday is 7 p.m.

Sunday's schedule is jam-packed with fun and festivities, starting with the annual Battle of the Badges game between the Reading and Allentown police and fire departments at 12:30 p.m.

Then at 4 p.m., it will be the Wheeling Nailers turn to face the Royals. It will also be "PAW Patrol Night," with the Royals wearing special jerseys from the popular Nickelodeon show; "Pro-Wrestling Night," with the WWE's Jerry "The King" Lawler on hand to meet fans; and "Faith and Family Night." The first 1,000 fans 14 and under will be given a Slapshot t-shirt. The game will also feature dollar hot dogs and a post-game skate.

With an off-day on Monday, a handful of players will serve lunch to the men of the Home Rescue Mission in Reading.

"Hope Rescue Mission's contributions help get so many back on their feet," said Ray Melcher, the Royals chief operating officer and general manager. "It's inspiring and fits with the Royals' strong message of community service around Berks County."

The Royals will conclude their home-stand against the Worcester Railers at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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