October 15 pregame notes: Wearing 'A's; Imoo in as backup - LA Kings Insider

A few notes before the Reign take on San Diego Gulls in their season opener at Valley View Casino Center at 7 p.m. tonight.

THE ‘A’ IN THE ‘A’
Winger Michael Mersch will wear an ‘A’ on his jersey tonight, according to head coach Mike Stothers. Mersch, who led Ontario with 24 goals a season ago, will don an ‘A’ for road games and defenseman Kevin Gravel will wear an ‘A’ for home games. The two players, both final cuts to the Kings’ roster, will alternate wearing the vacant patch left by center Nic Dowd, who made the Los Angeles roster. Captain Vincent LoVerde and previous alternate captain Sean Backman have returned to another season with Ontario.

IMOO TO BACKUP
As a result of Peter Budaj’s recall to Los Angeles due to the injury sustained by Jonathan Quick, the Reign were left without a backup earlier this week behind new No. 1 Jack Campbell. That backup spot for tonight will go to Jonah Imoo, according to a team source. Imoo, the son of goaltending coach Dusty Imoo, was with Ontario in training camp but was released last weekend.

REIGN OUT
Rob Scuderi will not play tonight, according to Stothers. The veteran defenseman cleared waivers earlier this week and in turn was assigned to Ontario. Also out is defenseman Zac Leslie (lower-body), who is not rostered currently.

LISTEN UP
For those not able to make the drive to San Diego or watch on AHL Live, there’s a new alternative to listen to the game broadcast. The team now has its own 24/7 radio station called Reign Redio through TuneIn, becoming the first AHL team to have such a channel. I’ll be visiting with play-by-play man Joey Zakrewski after the first intermission. For more info on this new radio feature, click here.

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
Kevin Gravel

#4 | 6′ 4″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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

Bio

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.
VIEW KEVIN GRAVEL POSTS

Rob Scuderi

#0 | 6′ 1″ | 212 lb | Age: 37

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

Bio

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.
VIEW ROB SCUDERI POSTS

Michael Mersch

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 225 lb | Age: 24

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

Bio

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.
VIEW MICHAEL MERSCH POSTS

Michael Latta

#24 | 6′ 0″ | 207 lb | Age: 25

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

Bio

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.
VIEW MICHAEL LATTA POSTS

Adrian Kempe

#09 | 6′ 1″ | 187 lb | Age: 20

Born: 9/13/1996
Birthplace: KRAMFORS,SWEDEN
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.
VIEW ADRIAN KEMPE POSTS

Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

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

Bio

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.
VIEW BRETT SUTTER POSTS