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Royals come home for playoffs, continue support of Humboldt

Game proceeds to help those affected by tragedy

READING, Pa. - The Reading Royals will be skating onto home ice Monday night after having lost the first two games on the road in their best-of-seven playoff series against the Manchester Monarchs.

Manchester won both games in double overtime as Reading tries for its second Kelly Cup in team history. The first ECHL championship win came in 2013.

The Royals' return to the Santander Arena will allow the team to continue its fundraising efforts for those affected by the Humboldt Broncos' tragedy in Canada. Reading will donate proceeds from its first two home playoff games against Manchester. Fans can buy tickets here.

The Royals players will also continue to wear special #HUMBOLDT stickers on their helmets.

"We are one hockey family, and this tragedy affects all of us deeply," said Ray Melcher, the Royals' chief operating officer. "We send our deepest condolences to those affected."

A bus carrying the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) team crashed on its way to a game on April 6, killing 16 people.

The next day, the Royals and their fans observed a moment of silence prior to their last regular-season game at the Santander Arena.


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