November 27: Bus texts with Stothers - LA Kings Insider

After every Reign away game we’ll try to catch up with Reign head coach Mike Stothers to get his take on things. Here’s what he had to say after Friday’s 3-2 road loss to the Gulls.

Gulls 3, Reign 2
Michael Mersch scored two goals (his 10th and 11th of the season) but the Reign never led in this physical, penalty-filled tilt with the Ducks’ AHL affiliate. Ontario lost in regulation for just the third time this season and saw its three-game winning streak snapped. Mersch’s third-period goal made it 3-2 (after San Diego had gone up 2-0, then 2-1 and 3-2), but the Reign could not capitalize on a 6 on 4 opportunity as time expired.


Question: Good battle there at the end. What do you think happens in this game if you have five extra minutes of time?
Stothers: Probably take more penalties

Question: Haha. No tying goal? Speaking of penalties… What did you think of SD’s physicality and how it played into the game — particularly seemed like a dirty hit from McGrattan.
Stothers: We always believe we are going to score the tying goal. And we always believe we are going to score the winning goal. That is the mindset a good team has when trailing. As far as the physicality of our opponent that was to be expected going in. We know they are big, tough and physical so that is not surprising. What is surprising to me is the lack of respect McGrattan had for the “code of a fighter”? The hit itself is one thing but why would he throw not one, but two punches, to the face of MacDermid when the linesman had “both” tied up. MacDermid is defenseless at this point and could have been seriously hurt. I certainly would expect better of a guy that was once considered the heavyweight champ of the NHL. Physical is one thing, and a fair fight I can live with, but I can not stomach watching one of my players being taken advantaged of, and possibly injured.

Question: Do you miss Biss in a situation like that? And how does this all carry over to tomorrow, seems like a rivalry is actually brewing.
Stothers: MacDermid is a tough kid and can handle himself…but he can also play, and has a very promising future as an NHL regular. That situation should be handled by the referee, no one gets senselessly injured going forward. Tomorrow we need to skate better than we did tonight. We are much better playing on our toes and pushing the pace north. We will be better, I trust this group

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Kevin Gravel

#4 | 6′ 4″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 2/17/1996
Birthplace: KINGSFORD, MI
Position: D


Gravel made his NHL debut with Los Angeles in the 2015-16 season, skating with the Kings for four games before returning to AHL affiliate Ontario.

Rob Scuderi

#0 | 6′ 1″ | 212 lb | Age: 37

Born: DOB: 12/30/1978
Birthplace: SYOSSET, NY
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Scuderi is currently playing for the Reign while under contract with the LA Kings. He has won two Stanley Cups, once with the Pittsburgh Penguins and with the Kings.

Michael Mersch

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 225 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 10/2/1992
Birthplace: PARK RIDGE, IL
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Drafted by the Kings in 2011, Mersch is currently playing forward for the Reign. Last season, he drew into his first NHL game for the Kings, where he registered 2 shots and 3 hits.

Michael Latta

#24 | 6′ 0″ | 207 lb | Age: 25

Born: 5/25/1991
Birthplace: KITCHENER, ON
Position: F
Handedness: Right


Prior to turning professional, Latta played major junior hockey in the OHL with the Ottawa 67’s and Guelph Storm. He was drafted into the NHL in 2009 and joined the King’s affiliate Reign in 2016.

Adrian Kempe

#09 | 6′ 1″ | 187 lb | Age: 20

Born: 9/13/1996
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Growing up in Swedan, Kempe made his hockey debut in 2014 in the Swedish Hockey League. He has since been drafted by the Kings, where he is playing for their AHL affiliate team, the Ontario Reign.

Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C


Drafted in 2005 by the Calgary Flames, Sutter was traded to the Reign in 2016. He is the son of LA Kings head couch Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.