Ontario Reign Announce Schedule Changes, Thursday Notes, Select-A-Seat - LA Kings Insider


The Ontario Reign announced their first schedule change today – The 2018 Calder Cup Playoff rematch with the Texas Stars, previously a Friday-Night Fight scheduled for November 2, has been moved up by a day to Thursday, November 1. The game is still scheduled to start at 7 PM and the Reign will honor the previously scheduled beverage promotion on the rescheduled date.

The Reign also announced that their home game on Sunday, February 10 against the San Jose Barracuda has been moved from a 3 PM start to a 1 PM start.*

From The Reign Official Press Release

ONTARIO, CA – The Ontario Reign, proud American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, have announced a schedule change. The Reign’s regular-season game against the Texas Stars, originally scheduled for Friday, November 2, has been re-scheduled for Thursday, November 1. The game’s start time will remain at 7:00 p.m.

The $2 Bud Light Friday Night promotion, which runs at all Friday evening Ontario Reign home games, will be honored at the re-scheduled game.

This will be the Reign’s first and only Thursday home game of the season. The Reign are also scheduled to play one Thursday road game, against Bakersfield on November 29.

Haven’t gotten any official wording yet on why the movement of the date, so we will assume that the CBBA will be day-to-day with an upper body injury. I’ll circle back with an update once I receive one. So for now, we’ll throw out some fun facts about this game –

Thursday Theatre

All-time on Thursdays, the Reign are………

2-1 in Regular Season

10/15/15 @ MAN – 4-1 Win
11/5/15 vs. SD – 4-1 Win
12/31/15 vs. STK – 1-4 Loss

1-2 in Playoffs (Both losses came in overtime)

4/28/16 vs. SJ – 3-1 Win
5/26/16 @ LE – 1-2 Loss (2OT)
4/19/18 @ TEX – 4-3 Loss (OT)

Ride Or Budaj

The recently re-acquired Peter Budaj was between the pipes for five of the Reign’s six Thursday games. The veteran goaltender went 3-1-1 with a 1.47 goals against average and a .923 save percentage across the five starts, which included one double-overtime defeat against Lake Erie in the 2016 postseason.

via Ontario Reign

Not Too Cool For School

The Reign are also set to open the preseason on a Thursday as they host Cool School on Thursday, September 27 in an early-morning puck drop.

Dancing With The Stars

This is the only meeting of the season in California between the Reign and the Stars, the first rematch of last season’s playoff series. Ontario also visits Cedar Park on Saturday, December 29.

Mini Plan Select-A-Seat

The Reign are holding a select-a-seat day tomorrow from 6 – 9 at the CBBA for fans to secure their seats with a 2018-19 mini plan. The team is offering two different mini-plan options (Black & Silver, detailed HERE) in multiple different price levels.

Fans that are interested can CLICK HERE for more information online or can come at any point during the 6 – 9 range tomorrow evening to select their location for the upcoming season.

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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.