Bus Texts with Stutts: Reign Take Down Tucson 4-2 - LA Kings Insider

Goaltender Jack Campbell made 38 saves and forward T.J. Hensick scored twice to send the Ontario Reign over the Tucson Roadrunner 4-2 Sunday evening at Tucson Arena in Tucson, Arizona. The win opens a five-game road trip for the Reign.

A good start on the long, 13-day journey for the Reign. The two teams collide again on Tuesday at 6:05 PT at Tucson Arena.

ORI: Great way to start the road trip with a win against the top team in the Pacific Division. Impressed with the team defense against a speedy team as Tucson?
Head Coach Mike Stothers: Great, gutsy win against a very good and fast Tucson hockey team. We liked the way we responded after a demoralizing loss vs. San Diego at home before we left for this road trip. It showed the good character of our teams make up.

ORI: You must have been happy with the start. Two goals off the hop to quiet an anxious Tucson team and crowd on Teddy Bear Toss Night.
Stothers: It’s always nice to get a lead, but the focus was to play the full 60 minutes. We lagged a bit in the second period because we hung onto pucks too long or didn’t advance the puck deep enough behind their defense. That’s a quick team and they put a lot of pressure on us. Soupy (goalie Jack Campbell) was a wall for us and we weathered the storm.

ORI: The line of Luff, Sutter and Hensick have found a fun chemistry together lately. Four points across the three of them tonight (I give Sutter an assist for the screen on Hensick’s first goal). What has worked well for this group?
Stothers: It’s a line that has a little bit of everything. Henner (Hensick) supplies the speed, Luffer (Luff) the toughness and Sutts (Sutter) the silky hands of a play-maker. That line is a coach’s dream.

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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.