Ontario Reign

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Ontario Reign
2019–20 AHL season
Ontario Reign (AHL) logo.svg
CityOntario, California
LeagueAmerican Hockey League (AHL)
ConferenceWestern
DivisionPacific
Founded2001
Home arenaToyota Arena
Colors         
Owner(s)Anschutz Entertainment Group
General managerRichard Seeley[1]
Head coachMike Stothers
MediaInland Valley Daily Bulletin
AHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesLos Angeles Kings (NHL)
Franchise history
2001–2015Manchester 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 Toyota 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.

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[edit]

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[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts PCT GF GA Standing Year 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
2015–16 68 44 19 4 1 93 .684 192 138 1st, Pacific 2016 W, 3–1, SJ W, 4–1, SD L, 0–4, LE
2016–17 68 36 21 10 1 83 .610 199 190 3rd, Pacific 2017 L, 2–3, SD
2017–18 68 36 25 4 3 79 .581 200 194 3rd, Pacific 2018 L, 1–3, TEX
2018–19 68 25 33 6 4 60 .441 213 274 7th, Pacific 2019 Did not qualify

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated November 27, 2019.[5]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
4 United States Mikey Anderson D L 20 2019 Fridley, Minnesota Kings
26 Canada Jaret Anderson-Dolan C L 20 2019 Calgary, Alberta Kings
32 Canada Stephen Baylis LW L 25 2019 Ottawa, Ontario Reign
46 United States Mason Bergh F L 24 2019 Eden Prairie, Minnesota Reign
33 Sweden Tobias Bjornfot D L 18 2019 Upplands Väsby, Sweden Kings
17 Canada Lance Bouma (A) LW L 29 2019 Provost, Alberta Reign
8 United States Daniel Brickley D L 24 2018 Salt Lake City, Utah Kings
10 Canada Kale Clague D L 21 2018 Regina, Saskatchewan Kings
23 United States Jacob Doty C R 26 2019 Denver, Colorado Reign
37 Canada Sean Durzi D R 21 2019 Toronto, Ontario Kings
21 United States Michael Eyssimont LW L 23 2018 Littleton, Colorado Kings
29 Czech Republic Martin Frk RW R 26 2019 Pelhrimov, Czech Republic Kings
15 Sweden Carl Grundstrom LW L 22 2019 Umea, Sweden Kings
18 Canada Bokondji Imama LW L 23 2017 Montreal, Quebec Kings
9 Finland Rasmus Kupari C R 19 2019 Kotka, Finland Kings
40 United States Cal Petersen G R 25 2017 Waterloo, Iowa Kings
41 Canada Chaz Reddekopp D L 22 2017 West Kelowna, British Columbia Kings
27 Canada Sheldon Rempal LW L 24 2018 Calgary, Alberta Kings
19 United States Drake Rymsha C R 21 2018 Huntington Woods, Michigan Kings
13 Sweden Johan Sodergran LW L 20 2019 Stockholm, Sweden Kings
14 Canada Ryan Stanton D L 30 2019 St. Albert, Alberta Reign
2 Canada Austin Strand D R 22 2018 Calgary, Alberta Kings
7 Canada Brett Sutter (C) C L 32 2016 Calgary, Alberta Reign
42 Canada Gabriel Vilardi C R 20 2018 Kingston, Ontario Kings
31 Canada Matt Villalta G L 20 2019 Kingston, Ontario Kings

References[edit]

  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.

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