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Hockey’s Headwaters: Golightly returns to Reading; ECHL names season ending rosters

Chase Golightly skates for Robert Morris against Air Force on October 16, 2015. -- BRIAN MITCHELL

Former Robert Morris defenseman Chase Golightly has signed with the ECHL’s Reading Royals for the 2017-18.

Golightly split the 2016-17 season between the Royals and the Florida Everblades. He scored one goal and recorded eight assists in 47 total games.

Golightly was a 2016 Robert Morris graduate. His career plus-45 rating is fourth all-time in Colonials history.

ECHL SEASON-ENDING ROSTERS

ECHL teams announced their season-ending rosters this week. Fourteen local players were included on the lists, which reserve their ECHL rights for the 2017-18 season.

Included were Valencia F Ty Loney (Adirondack Phantoms); Cheswick D Miles Liberati (Allen Americans); Mt. Lebanon C Tyler Murovich (Atlanta Gladiators); RMU F Scott Jacklin (Norfolk Admirals); Pittsburgh Ds Donnie Harris and Alexander Kuqali (Quad City Mallards); RMU F Adam Brace, Pittsburgh D Derik Johnson and Golightly (Reading Royals); Pittsburgh C Patrick Gaul (South Carolina Stingrays); RMU D Robb Mann (Utah Grizzlies); RMU Fs Dan Leavens and Cody Wydo (Wheeling Nailers) and RMU F David Friedmann (Wichita Thunder).

EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS

Three local players have re-signed with their European teams for the 2017-18 season. Pittsburgh D Dylan Reese re-upped with HV71 in the Swedish Hockey League. RMU F Matt Cope will re-join HK Nitra in the Slovak Extraliga after making a mid-year debut with that team in 2016-17. RMU F Greg Gibson seems to have found a home with SønderjyskE of the Danish Metal Ligaen. He’ll return there after playing with three teams in three leagues in 2016-17.

SUMMER DOWN UNDER

RMU F Joe Harcharik, who spent 2016-17 with the SPHL’s Fayetteville FireAntz, is playing straight through the summer. Harcharik has joined the Newcastle Northstars of the Australian Ice Hockey League.

The AIHL season runs from April to September. In 13 games so far, Harcharik has eight goals and 14 assists. Newcastle won the league’s championship in 2016.

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