November 14 Reign Rewind: Kempe's sleeve and origin of #MeetTheReign - LA Kings Insider

Under the No. 9 jersey worn by Adrian Kempe the 20-year-old sports a full sleeve on his right arm. The skulls and roses that cover his arm were more just something he liked, but there’s also clock he got on his brother’s birthday.

While the artwork is something he found aesthetically pleasing, the artist is someone special to him and his family in his native country.

“My godfather actually did it,” Kempe said. “He’s a tattooer back in Sweden. I started it two, three summers ago. My brother has tattoos and everything so I just wanted it too. I think it was cool, and I liked it.” His godfather Andres is one of Kempe’s father’s best friends: “We grew up in the same town, because of that he’s always been taking care of me.”


If you’re not on Instagram yet you might want to be so you don’t miss the next edition of #MeetTheReign from Paul Bissonnette (aka @biznasty). The well-liked veteran chooses old hockey photos of his teammates and puts together a fictitious storyline of jabs.

“I started doing it in Manchester and it was just being bored on the bus,” Bissonnette said. “Sometimes you look at guys’ mugshots from their hockey days and they’ve got funny ones. It’s hard. Sometimes you want to do guys but they don’t really have great pictures and then you don’t really have any dirt on them.”

Each post is a hit within the team and hockey circles of social media. This past weekend’s victim was rookie Damir Sharipzianov.

“The last one on Linti was OK just because of the snack thing, but some guys you’ve just got nothing on,” said Bissonnette. “So I’ve got to start getting creative here, maybe do one about Amadio. You’ve just got to find the perfect picture that suits the thing. Last year Mersch’s head was so big on the picture and he has a huge head.”


The Reign won back-to-back games over the weekend against Iowa (6-5 SO) and Rockford (3-1). … The long wait was over for Rob Scuderi as the veteran defenseman made his Reign debut on Saturday. Sharipzianov made his season debut the following day. … Paul LaDue really, really scored his first AHL goal in Saturday’s win over Iowa on a one-timer from the left point. This goal will stick. In last week’s Reign Rewind we took a look at Jonny Brodzinski’s tip of a LaDue shot that was originally credited to the defenseman. That goal was changed mid-week by the AHL and awarded to Brodzinski. … Mike Amadio is gaining a bit of confidence and had points in all three games last week. In particular, the rookie made a great read on the forecheck against Iowa to intercept a breakout pass and set up a goal by Kempe.

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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.