Source: Reign re-sign Backman, Sutter, add Koules - LA Kings Insider

The Reign solidified their veteran presence on Friday, re-signing forwards Brett Sutter and Sean Backman, according to a hockey operations source with the team.

Forward Miles Koules was also signed to an AHL two-way contract, the source said. Koules, a Los Angeles native, played in the ECHL last season.

The 30-year-old Backman will enter his fourth season with the Kings organization’s AHL affiliate. A member of the 2015 Calder Cup championship team in Manchester, Backman went on the lead the Reign in points (21-24=55) in their inaugural season on the West Coast in 2015-16.

Backman, a Connecticut native, played mostly on either the first or second line on the right wing last season and had 1 goal and 3 assists in 13 playoff games.

Sutter comes back for what should be his first full season with the Reign after joining the team at the trade deadline last season. Sutter, a 29-year-old center, had a positive impact on the team following his arrival and was easily inserted into penalty kill situations. He was then limited to just five playoff games due to what he later revealed as a fractured pelvis.

Both Backman and Sutter have close familial ties to the organization as Sutter is the son of Kings head coach Darryl Sutter and Backman is the brother-in-law of goalie Jonathan Quick. Both players also expressed in their final media availability of the season that they wanted to be back in Ontario.

“It was the first time in my career that [I] was able to spend an off day with family or just drive down and have a dinner with the family,” said Sutter, who had 5 goals and 3 assist in 22 total games with Ontario (regular and postseason combined).

Koules, 22, split time with Quad City and Wichita of the ECHL last season, totaling 7 goals and 19 assists in 59 games. He has no previous AHL experience.

Koules is the son of TV/movie producer Oren Koules, who played hockey in the junior ranks and was once a part-owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Kurtis MacDermid

#56 | 6′ 5″ | 233 lb | Age: 23

Born: March 25, 1994
Birthplace: Sauble Beach, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


MacDermid was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 12, 2012.

Michael Amadio

#52 | 6′ 1″ | 204 lb | Age: 21

Born: May 13, 1996
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Amadio was selected by the Kings in the third round (90th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Lintuniemi

#10 | 6′ 3″ | 214 lb | Age: 21

Born: DOB: 9/23/1995
Position: D


Lintuniemi played in 27 games for the HIFK U18 team in Helsinki at 15-years-old, as well as seven games with the Finland U16 team. He made his professional hockey debut with the Monarchs in 2015, and has since begun playing for the 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.