The Flyers ECHL affiliate, The Reading Royals have added a pair of players from hockey leagues across the ocean. 33-year-old Defenseman Florian Iberer from Austria and 24-year-old right winger Alexander Gogolev from the KHL have signed one-year contracts to play in Reading this season.
The Austrian defenseman has been bouncing around Austrian National League hockey teams since the beginning of his career in 1999. From 1999 until 2005 Iberer played with the Graz 99ers. From 2005-2007 he tried to ground himself in North America, but after a single season with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL, Iberer moved back to Austria. In 49 games with the Aces, Iberer put up 13 assists and 15 total points.
For the past two seasons, he’ s been playing with the Vienna Capitals. In both season with the Capitals, Iberer had 28 points. Now the 33-year-old is joining the Royals on a one-year contract.
Gogolev began his professional career in 2010-11 with HC Spartak Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He only played three games on the professional team and the next season, Gogolev moved to North America to play for the Calgary Hitmen and the Victoria Royals of the WHL for a season each. He went undrafted in both the 2012 and 2013 NHL Entry Drafts forcing a return to Russia and the KHL.
Gogolev hasn’t had an extensive professional career, in 27 total games played in the KHL, the 24-year-old only has three points. In his WHL career, he had 122 points in 118 games. After becoming a free agent, Gogolev signed a one-year contract to play with the Royals.