2008-09: Read was the leading scorer for Bemidji State as a sophomore as the CHA champion Beavers made a Cinderella run to the NCAA’s Frozen Four. Read scored 15 goals with a team-high 25 assists and was +16 with 50 PMs in 37 games. After winning both the regular season and playoff titles in the CHA, Bemidji State knocked off traditional powers Notre Dame and Cornell in the NCAA tournament to reach the Frozen Four.
2009-10: Read led Bemidji State in scoring as a junior as the Beavers won the last-ever CHA regular season title. Read scored 19 goals with 22 assists and was +26 with 32 PMs in 37 games and was named CHA Player of the Year and an NCAA West Second Team All-American. After losing just three games in conference play all year, the Beavers were upset by Niagara in the conference tournament and lost to Michigan in the NCAA tournament.
2010-11: Read made his pro debut with AHL Adirondack after signing a three-year, entry-level contract with Philadelphia in March 2011 following his senior season at Bemidji State. In 11 games with the Phantoms he scored 7 goals with 6 assists and was +9 with 6 PMs on a team that missed the AHL playoffs. In 37 games with Bemidji State, he led the team with 22 goals and had 13 assists as the Beavers moved from the disbanded CHA to the powerful WCHA. Read scored 8 goals on the power play and was +4 as Bemidji State finished 10th in the 12-team league.