Sunday Thoughts - Ontario Reign Night, Goaltending, Home Opener - LA Kings Insider

The Ontario Reign are back home after splitting a weekend set in Northern California. After arriving in El Segundo early this morning, the team is not skating today but the team will head to STAPLES Center this evening for Ontario Reign Night with the LA Kings.

Reign Night Tonight
Tonight is Ontario Reign Night as the LA Kings take on the Detroit Red Wings tonight at 7:30 PM at STAPLES Center. All fans in attendance will receive a magnet schedule that features both the Kings and Reign schedules. The Reign team will be at tonight’s game and select players will be signing autographs on the concourse behind Section 104 on the concourse from 6:30 – 7:30 before the game.

Eight players on the Kings roster are Ontario alums, including Austin Wagner, who, on Friday, became the 24th player to play for both the Kings and the Reign. Another Ontario alum, Jaret Anderson-Dolan, could make his NHL debut tonight against Detroit.

Tickets are still available for tonight’s game – Tickets purchased through will get a T-Shirt along with their ticket.

As Jon noted HERE, Ontario could see a goaltender recalled to the Kings in advance of tonight’s game. Cal Petersen played on Friday and Peter Budaj played last night, for reference. Ontario Reign Head Coach Mike Stothers reiterated after last night’s win that he feels that both goalies give the Reign a chance to win on a night-to-night basis.

I’m convinced that we’ve got solid goaltending and they’re going to provide us with a chance to win each and every night, both Cal and Buuds. It doesn’t matter what’s going on in front of them, they’re going to battle hard and they stayed with it and they give us a chance to win. Buuds did that for us tonight and it’s a reflection of how our team can operate when we have confidence in our goaltending and it moves out to the other players on the ice.

Reign Home Opening Weekend
Hockey is back in Ontario this coming weekend for the first time in the regular season. Ontario is next in action on Friday and Saturday at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Those that are connoisseurs of magnet schedules can come both tonight in Los Angeles and Friday in Ontario and receive one at each game. Ontario is also giving away a beanie on Friday night, making that game a double giveaway, and a bobblehead on Saturday night. All giveaways are for the first 5,000 fans.

CLICK HERE for more information about Opening Weekend in Ontario.

That’s all for now after last night’s 3 AM arrival home from Stockton. I’ll be at the Kings game tonight, find me and say hi if you’re there!

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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.