Bala inducted to Royals' Wall of Honor

Submitted photo Chris Bala passes the puck to a teammate.
Submitted photo Chris Bala studies a play.

The Reading Royals inducted former team captain Chris Bala, a Hill School graduate and the Blues’ current ice hockey coach, into their Wall of Honor on Jan. 17.

Bala is originally from the Kimberton area and also played baseball in the Phoenixville program before transferring to The Hill School in Pottstown.

The induction ceremony took place prior to the opening face-off of the Royals’ ECHL game against the Toleo Walleye at Reading’s Santander Arena.

The first 3,000 fans in attendance received a Bala commemorative poster.

After a stellar four-year career at Harvard University, Bala was selected in the second round of the 1998 NHL Draft by the Ottawa Senators. He was the 58th selection overall.

He had an eight-year career in professional hockey, including a five-year stint with the Royals, where the forward recorded 91 points with 36 goals and 55 assists. He also had 57 penalty minutes in 110 games.

Bala joined current Royals head coach Larry Courville, Ryan Flinn, athletic trainer Brian Grogesky, Jon Francisco, Cody Rudkowsky, Regan Rome, the “Ten-Year Season Ticket Holders,” former Equipment Manager Pat Noecker and U.S. Olympic team member Jonathan Quick on the Wall of Fame.

Bala, 35, is originally from Alexandria, Va. He graduated from The Hill School in 1997.