Ontario Reign

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Ontario Reign
2018–19 AHL season
City Ontario, California
League American Hockey League (AHL)
ConferenceWestern
DivisionPacific
Founded 2001
Home arena Citizens Business Bank Arena
Colors        
Owner(s) Anschutz Entertainment Group
General manager Richard Seeley [1]
Head coach Mike Stothers
Media Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
AHL.TV (Internet)
Affiliates Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
Manchester Monarchs (ECHL)
Franchise history
2001–2015 Manchester Monarchs
2015–presentOntario Reign
Championships
Division Championships1 (2015–16)

The Ontario Reign are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL) which began play in the 2015–16 season. Based in Ontario, California and affiliated with the National Hockey League's Los Angeles Kings, the team plays its home games at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. The franchise is a relocation of the former Manchester Monarchs AHL franchise when several other franchises created a Pacific Division in 2015. The team is owned by the Anschutz Entertainment Group.

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The Reign replaced the ECHL team of the same name, which played from 2008 until 2015, after which they moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, to play as the Manchester Monarchs.

History

On January 29, 2015, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they would be moving their AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, to Ontario as one of five charter members of the AHL's new Pacific Division. The team retained the Reign nickname from its ECHL predecessor (which moved to Manchester and take on the Monarchs moniker, in essentially a "franchise swap"). [2] The Reign's AHL logo was unveiled on Wednesday, February 11.

In its inaugural season in California, the Reign won the first Pacific Division regular season title with a 44–19–4–1 record. Goaltender Peter Budaj was named to the 2015–16 AHL First All-Star Team and was selected as the league top goaltender with the Baz Bastien Memorial Award. [3] Sean Backman lead the team in scoring with 21 goals and 34 assists while playing all 68 games for the Reign. The Reign would also win the division in the playoffs, defeating the San Jose Barracuda three-games-to-one and the San Diego Gulls four-games-to-one. In the conference finals, the Reign were swept by the eventual Calder Cup champion Lake Erie Monsters in four games.

During the next season in 2016–17, due to goaltender injuries and call-ups for their parent club, the Los Angeles Kings, the Reign ended up using a Canadian father-son duo Dusty and Jonah Imoo during a game in October 2016. Dusty Imoo (age 46) was a goaltending consultant with the Kings. Jonah (age 22) made his AHL debut on a tryout contract. Both the Imoos had grown up in Surrey, British Columbia. [4] By the end of the season, the Reign qualified for the playoffs in third place in the Pacific Division, losing in the first round to San Diego.

Season-by-season records

Players

Current roster

Updated January 7, 2019. [5]

# Nat Player Pos S/G AgeAcquiredBirthplaceContract
10 Canada Michael Amadio C R22 2016 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Kings
8 United States Daniel Brickley D L23 2018 Salt Lake City, Utah Kings
31 Slovakia Peter Budaj G L36 2018 Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia Kings
34 Canada Kale Clague D L20 2018 Regina, Saskatchewan Kings
23 Canada Jamie Devane LW L27 2017 Mississauga, Ontario Reign
21 United States Michael Eyssimont LW L22 2018 Littleton, Colorado Kings
25 United States Sam Herr  ( A ) LW L26 2016 Hinsdale, Illinois Reign
18 Canada Bokondji Imama LW L22 2017 Montreal, Quebec Kings
10 Finland Alex Lintuniemi D L23 2016 Helsinki, Finland Kings
20 Canada Kurtis MacDermid D R24 2015 Quebec City, Quebec Kings
16 Canada Philippe Maillet C L26 2017 Lachenaie, Quebec Reign
13 Canada Zack Mitchell RW R26 2018 Orangeville, Ontario Kings
11 Canada Brad Morrison C L22 2018 Prince George, British Columbia Kings
26 Canada Matt Moulson  ( A ) LW L35 2017 North York, Ontario Sabres
40 United States Cal Petersen G R24 2017 Waterloo, Iowa Kings
41 Canada Chaz Reddekopp D L22 2017 West Kelowna, British Columbia Kings
27 Canada Sheldon Rempal LW L23 2018 Calgary, Alberta Kings
3 United States Matt Roy D R23 2017 Canton, Michigan Kings
12 Russia Nikita Scherbak RW L23 2019 Moscow, Russia Kings
2 Canada Austin Strand D R21 2018 Calgary, Alberta Kings
7 Canada Brett Sutter  ( C ) C L31 2016 Calgary, Alberta Reign

References

  1. "Monarchs looking for new coach after Seeley named general manager of LA Kings' AHL affiliate". New Hampshire Union Leader . June 5, 2018.
  2. "Reign Become the AHL Affiliate of LA Kings". Ontario Reign. January 30, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  3. "Reign's Budaj named AHL's top goaltender". American Hockey League. April 11, 2016. Archived from the original on April 14, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  4. Greenizan, Nick (October 25, 2016). "Hockey history for Surrey father-son goalie tandem in AHL game in California". Peace Arch News .
  5. "Ontario Reign roster". Ontario Reign. 2016-05-16. Retrieved 2016-05-16.