READING, Pa. – Tuesday, the Philadelphia Flyers announced a move that has been expected for a while now. Anthony Stolarz was loaned to the Reading Royals.
Stolarz, who over the offseason underwent surgery to repair two torn meniscus hasn’t played in a game since being activated from injured reserve on February 19th. The 24-year-old netminder last appeared in a game back on April 12, 2017 with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and lasted only 92 seconds before he went down. The injury came at the arguably the worst time as the Phantoms we’re heading to the Calder Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009. The Phantoms would eventually lose to the Hershey Bears in the first round in five games.
Stolarz was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the second-round (45th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft after playing juniors with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. He has since split his professional career with the Flyers and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
On November 27, 2016, against the Calgary Flames, Stolarz made his NHL debut and got the win in a 5-3 Flyers victory. Stolarz has seven NHL games under his belt with a record of 2-1-1, a goals against average of 2.07 and a save percentage of .928. With Lehigh Valley, Stolarz has played in 107 games, with a record of 48-40-11, a 2.87 goals against average, a .911 save percentage, and three shutouts.
Before becoming affiliated with the Flyers, the Royals have had many goalies that made it to the NHL and Stolarz will be the first Royals goalie to NHL ties since Philipp Grubauer during the 2012-13 season.
The Reading Royals will be back in action tonight as the Fort Wayne Komets will be in town and according to reports, Stolarz will get the start in net. Be sure to follow @SinBinRoyals on twitter for updates on Stolarz’s rehab start and the Royals’ push to the Kelly Cup Playoffs.