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Royal fans snatching up championship gear

By John Craven, Reporter, JCraven@wfmz.com
Published On: May 25 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: May 27 2013 04:40:36 AM CDT

Royals win the Kelly Cup

READING, Pa. -

Reading is draped in purple -- Royal purple -- after winning its first-ever ECHL national hockey championship Saturday night.  The next morning, fans gathered early to snag some swag at the Sovereign Center.

Some fans had to censor their excitement.

"I can't say that on the air," said Louie Albert of Muhlenberg Twp., Berks Co.  "The FCC won't allow it!"

It was a late game played in California, but a 6-0 shut out for the Royals.

"We watched the game till two, 2:30 in the morning," said Rory Canon of Oley.  "It was great."

Bleary-eyed faithful lined up at the Sovereign Center by 10 a.m Sunday to buy up championship merchandise.  Some Kelly Cup items ran out fast.

"Since they don't have a lot, I'm hoping to grab a shirt," said Albert.  "They said the hats aren't here and I wanted a hat."

One young fan named Joshua is a Junior Royal.  He's waited seven seasons for this.

"It's been long and hard," he said.

But fans said this was a team of destiny.

"We knew this was the year," said Albert.  "The team just gelled."

The team is getting a police escort from into Reading on Sunday evening.  They were expected to arrive back at the Sovereign Center around 7:30 p.m.