Welcome, Zach Dooley, new Reign Insider - LA Kings Insider

A good morning to you from LAKI’s secret hideaway vacation lair. As noted on Twitter last week, we’re happy to share that Reign Insider will return in full for 2018-19, and Zach Dooley has been hired to provide regular news, reports, quotes and multimedia, similar to the wonderful work undertaken by Lindsay Czarnecki and Joey Zakrzewski. (Best of luck at the World Cup, Lindsay!) Without further delay, here’s a note from Zach…

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Let’s make it Reign……Insider!

My name is Zach Dooley and I’m excited to join the Ontario Reign as the Manager of Communications and Content as well as the newest Ontario Reign Insider! On the team side, I’ll be handling content, communications and PR needs while also doubling as the Reign Insider with in depth coverage from all Reign action this season.

First, a bit about me. For the past five seasons, I’ve lived about as far from Southern California as possible – the State of New York – where I worked with the Utica Comets, Adirondack Flames and Adirondack Thunder. I am certainly eager to leave the subzero temperatures in the winter months behind me and now look forward to navigating all this traffic in 90-degree weather.

I’m honored to follow in the footsteps of Lindsay Czarnecki and Joey Zakrzewski, who both did an excellent job with this position, and happy to finally give Reign fans an easy last name to pronounce. I plan to continue some of the great things that Lindsay and Joey brought to the ORI platform while adding my own voice as well. I look forward to meeting many of you at Reign games this season and I’m always up for talking hockey on social media, so send me a tweet! If there’s anything that anyone would like to see from the Reign Insider this summer or season, shoot me a message and I’ll do my best to incorporate it via the website or social media.

It’s only June but I already can’t wait for the puck to drop in October!

-Zach Dooley

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.