April 14 practice notes: Regulars to return; Crescenzi skates - LA Kings Insider

Good morning from Ontario where the Reign were on the Citizens Business Bank Arena ice by the time I arrived at 9:45 a.m. PT. They’re preparing for their penultimate game of the regular season and their last game at home before the playoffs, a 7:00 p.m. PT matchup against the San Diego Gulls.

–The handful of regulars who sat out against Stockton will be back in the lineup against San Diego. Forwards Michael Mersch, Teddy Purcell and Brett Sutter along with defenseman Vincent LoVerde and goalie Jack Campbell were all on the ice this morning for the skate. Coach Mike Stothers also confirmed they’d be back in the lineup vs the Gulls.

-Stothers declined to say who would be starting in net for the Reign tonight. Updates will follow when the Reign take the ice for warm-ups.

–Defenseman Zac Leslie took the option for this morning’s practice.

-Injured forward Paul Bissonnette did not take the ice. Forward Andrew Crescenzi and defenseman Kurtis MacDermid and Zach Trotman were on the ice but wearing red non-contact jerseys. It was Crescenzi’s first time back on the ice since being injured against San Jose on April 5th.

–Via Reign Insider:

-Stothers, when asked whether a win is secondary to the way the team plays against San Diego:
“We expect to win every game we play. Nothing changes.”

That’s all the notes for this morning’s skate. I’ll be covering for Lindsay Czarnecki during tonight’s 7:00 p.m. PT game versus the San Diego Gulls.

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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.