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Reading Royals to retire Yannick Tifu's number 10

Forward also to be inducted into 'wall of honor'

LOWER ALSACE TWP., Pa. - In a town hall meeting on Tuesday, the Reading Royals announced that the team will retire the number 10 of Yannick Tifu.

Tifu, a franchise great and one of the fans' favorites, will also be inducted into the team's "wall of honor."

"Well deserved," said Kirk MacDonald, the Royals' head coach. "He did a lot of great things here, obviously as a captain in 2013, when we won the whole thing."

"He was so big for our championship team," said Patrick Wellar, assistant coach. "He was kind of everything for us there. He was a clutch performer."

Tifu is the third all-time leading scorer for the Royals with 222 points in 245 regular-season games.

A ceremony celebrating both honors will be held at the Santander Arena on March 17, when the Royals face the Brampton Beast.

The March 17 game will also include a Yannick Tifu poster giveaway, an appearance by WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Ted DeBiase, and the return of St. Hatrick's Night, where one lucky fan in attendance will win $10,000 if a Royals player registers a hat trick.

The team also made several other announcements regarding the upcoming season at Tuesday's event, which was held at Stokesay Castle in Lower Alsace Township.


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