Reign lose MacDermid 'probably a couple weeks' due to upper-body injury - LA Kings Insider

The Reign have lost a valuable top-4 blue liner with just eight games remaining in their regular season schedule.

Kurtis MacDermid, the burly 6-foot-5, 208-pound defenseman, will be out an extended period of time due to an upper-body injury suffered on Friday night against San Antonio. It’s unclear when the injury occurred, but MacDermid was called for kneeing in the first period, which resulted in him fighting Duncan Siemens moments later. After that he was often targeted the rest of the contest by the Rampage.

MacDermid, who turned 23 on Saturday, missed the 2-0 win over the Rampage, just the second time he’s missed a game all season.

“He’s got an upper-body injury,” Reign head coach Mike Stothers said after Saturday’s game. “He’ll be probably a couple weeks.

“That’s a tough one and that’s a tough man. Hard to keep him out of the lineup.”

MacDermid plays with an intimidating edge, but is also capable puck mover and a crucial penalty killer who plays big minutes every game. Going into Saturday he led the AHL in major penalties with nine and minors with 40. He also has 20 points (6-14=20) in his sophomore season with Ontario.

His absence leaves the Reign many less-experienced players including rookies Alex Lintuniemi, Damir Sharipzianov and Alexx Privitera. Zac Leslie is in his second season with the Reign as well and has been a constant in the lineup after battling injuries a season ago. With Zach Trotman (upper-body) out the majority of the season, the Reign have just two veterans on the back end in Vincent LoVerde and Cameron Schilling.

MacDermid, a native of Sauble Beach, Ontario, Canada, was undrafted and signed by the Kings to an entry-level deal in 2012.

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.