Turgeon joins SiriusXM NHL; Luc's letter; Reign unveil 2017-18 schedule - LA Kings Insider

SIRIUS XM. Pierre Turgeon was announced as Los Angeles’ “offensive coordinator” yesterday, finalizing a one and a half month timetable that began when Kings president Luc Robitaille reached out to “see where I was at in my life,” as Turgeon said when speaking with Scott Laughlin and Steve Kouleas on SiriusXM NHL yesterday. In their conversation, Turgeon was asked whether it was possible to teach players to score and improve their skill level around the net, and said that he’ll turn to drills that facilitate shooting and scoring, and through repetition, players will be able to better react instead of think. It’s not an easy question to answer; a number of times over the last several years, players have been asked, “so, how do you teach scoring?” Via Sirius:

DEAR KINGS FANS. Speaking of Luc, he shared an open letter today.

REIGN FORECAST Home openers had already been announced, so Ontario Reign fans knew that the team would be beginning the season at San Antonio on October 7 and celebrating the 10th year of professional hockey in the Inland Empire with an October 20 home opener against Bakersfield. Today, the AHL announced the full schedule. Ontario’s slate (forgive the wonky cropping and posting):

Ontario will play AHL rival San Diego 12 times, and all six home games in the rivalry will take place on either a Friday or Saturday: November 4, December 1, December 23, February 16, March 9 and April 6. In addition to the heavy Pacific Division slate that includes your regularly scheduled fixtures against San Jose, Stockton, Bakersfield, San Jose, Tucson, Texas and San Antonio, the Reign will also welcome (and travel to) Rockford, Chicago (Las Vegas’ affiliate), Iowa, Cleveland and Milwaukee in 2017-18.

As has taken place since the Pacific Division’s addition for 2015-16, the California-based AHL teams will continue to play a 68-game season, while the rest of the league will play a 76-game season. This is based partly on travel logistics and costs, and partly on the desire to avoid an excess of three games in three nights, which are poor for development.

2017-18 Schedule Breakdown:
Chicago Wolves: 1 home, 1 away
Cleveland Monsters: 2 home, 2 away
Iowa Wild: 1 home, 1 away
Milwaukee Admirals: 1 home, 1 away
Rockford IceHogs: 1 home, 1 away
Bakersfield Condors: 5 home, 5 away
San Antonio Rampage: 3 home, 3 away
San Diego Gulls: 6 home, 6 away
San Jose Barracuda: 4 home, 4 away
Stockton Heat: 4 home, 4 away
Texas Stars: 2 home, 2 away
Tucson Roadrunners: 4 home, 4 away

Most Common Opponent: San Diego Gulls (12 games)
Least Common Opponent: Milwaukee Admirals, Chicago Wolves, Iowa Wild and Rockford IceHogs (two games each)
Longest Homestand: 6 games (March 9-March 23)
Longest Road Trip: 5 games (December 3-13, January 17-27)
Busiest Month: December (14 games)

By Month:
October: 2 home, 5 away (7 total)
November: 5 home, 4 away (9 total)
December: 7 home, 7 away (14 total)
January: 4 home, 7 away (11 total)
February: 6 home, 3 away (9 total)
March: 8 home, 4 away (12 total)
April: 2 home, 4 away (6 total)

By Day:

Sunday: 4 home, 4 away (8 total)
Monday: 1 home (1 total)
Tuesday: 1 away (1 total)
Wednesday: 7 home, 6 away (13 total)
Thursday: No Games
Friday: 13 home, 9 away (22 total)
Saturday: 9 home, 14 away (23 total)

SoCal Series: Of the 12 games played vs. San Diego, eight of the contests will take place in a home-and-home format (4 home-and-home series, all played on Friday-Saturday).

Home Sweet Home: The Reign will play six different opponents during their season-long six-game homestand in March. The Reign will host San Diego, San Antonio, Cleveland, Milwaukee, San Jose and Bakersfield.

Rise and Shine: The Reign and Cleveland Monsters clash at 10:00 a.m. PT on Saturday, October 28 in Cleveland. San Jose hosts the Reign at 12:00 p.m. PT on Sunday, March 4 and at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, November 18.

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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.