For the fourth time in five years, a Capitals’ minor league affiliate has won a championship. The Reading Royals, the Capitals’ ECHL affiliate, beat the Stockton Thunder 6-0 Saturday in Game 5 of the Kelly Cup final. The Royals won the championship series four-games-to-one.
Within the last five years, the Capitals organization also won an ECHL championship in (South Carolina Stingrays in 2009) and back-to-back Calder Cups in the American Hockey League (Hershey Bears in 2009 and 2010).
The Royals playoff roster featured eight players under Capitals control including prospects Brett Flemming (fifth-round pick, 145th overall, 2009 NHL Draft), Stanislav Galiev (third-round, 86th overall, 2010) and Dustin Stevenson (free agent, 2010).
Flemming scored in Game 5 and led all ECHL defensemen in playoff scoring with five goals and 12 points in 22 games.
Galiev had a goal and an assist in Game 5 as he returned to the Reading lineup for the first time since April 26. The 21-year-old missed 12 games with an injury but finished the postseason with four goals and 11 points in 10 games.
Goaltender Riley Gill was named playoff MVP after posting a 13-4 postseason record with a 1.91 goals-against-average and .930 save percentage. Gill also had four shutouts in his 17 playoff appearances.
Veteran defenseman Patrick Wellar won his fourth professional title and his third with a Capitals affiliate. The 29-year-old has won ECHL titles with Alaska (2006) and South Carolina (2009) and an AHL championship with Hershey (2010).
In April the Capitals extended their ECHL affiliation with the Reading Royals through the 2013-14 season.