March 1: Bus Texts with Stothers - LA Kings Insider

This edition of Bus Texts with Stothers comes the morning after the Reign’s loss in Stockton as ORI got a late response from Stothers.

Stockton Heat 6, Reign 2
The long-awaited return of Michael Mersch and Teddy Purcell from injury was spoiled on Wednesday night in loss to Pacific Division cellar-dweller Stockton in which the Reign surrendered the most goals they have in a single game this season. Trailing 1-0 after the first period the Reign evened the score on a shorthanded mark by Justin Auger just 16 seconds into the middle frame. It was a difficult-to-watch, downhill slide from there for Ontario as it allowed three goals on four shots — two consecutive goals by Mark Jankowski and another by Morgan Klimchuk — in the first 4:57 of the second period and goalie Jack Campbell was removed as a result. That gave way to Jeff Zatkoff to make his AHL-Ontario debut and the veteran finished with 18 saves on 20 shots. One positive flicker was that Mersch scored in his first game back, a power play goal off a Jonny Brodzinski rebound in the third. Purcell had the secondary assist on the goal.

ORI: By your assessment, what went awry in the second period?
Stothers: Just watching the second period when you texted through. We scored a big shorthanded goal by Auger early, and Dermy had a good fight, but we didn’t do anything else right the rest of the period. Thought we had a good first period but we sure soiled the bed in the second. Not just the sheets either, that was right thru the blankets and the Duvet.

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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.