The Reading Royals recently won their first ever Kelly Cup championship, including their days as the Columbus Chill. The Royals had a revolving door policy during the season but during the playoffs, there was just one lone Ontario Hockey League grad on the roster.
At just 22, Flemming is no stranger to deep journeys into the post season. As a member of the Mississauga Majors in 2010-11, Brett played in a Robertson Cup final series and a Memorial Cup final game. Unfortunately, the Majors were victorious in neither.
Flemming played four years in the OHL from 2007-08 to 2010-11, all with the Mississauga Majors. He was drafted by the Majors in the second round of the 2007 OHL Priority Selection, 23rd overall. In his final year, the Majors came up short against the Owen Sound Attack in the Robertson Cup final. However, as host of the Memorial Cup, Mississauga joined the Attack for the tournament to determine Canada’s major junior hockey supremacy. The Majors reached the final game but fell to the mighty Saint John Sea Dogs by a score of 3-1.
After his second year in the OHL, Flemming was taken by the Washington Capitals in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, 145th overall. Yet to play for the Capitals, Brett remains in Washington’s system for at least the 2013-14 season. In 2011-12, he split his season between the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League and the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL.
This season, 2012-13, he played a handful of games for Hershey and the rest with Reading. Flemming played 50 games and recorded 15 points from the point. He stepped it up in the Kelly Cup playoffs, totalling 12 points in just 22 games.
The Royals franchise was born as the Columbus Chill for the 1991-92 ECHL season. The Chill left the league after the 1998-99 season and were reborn as the Reading Royals for 2001-02. Currently, the team is affiliated with the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the AHL’s Hershey Bears. They play out of the 7,083 seat Sovereign Center in Reading, Pennsylvania. The Sovereign Center was opened in 2001, in time for the inaugural season of the Royals.
2012-13 marks the first time the Chill/Royals franchise has won the Kelly Cup championship. The team finished the regular season first in the 14 team Eastern Conference with 99 points in 72 games. Reading was second overall in the 23 team league behind the Western Conference leading Alaska Aces, a team that finished with 106 points.
In the opening round of the playoffs, the Royals downed the Greenville Road Warriors in six games. They followed that up with a 4-3 victory over the Florida Everblades. In the conference finals, the Cincinnati Cyclones fell to Reading in five. In the Kelly Cup finals, it was the Stockton Thunder that succumbed to the Royals in five games.