Hockey is back in Ontario this weekend and the Reign are home for the first time this season at Citizens Business Bank Arena. On Friday evening, the Reign will face the Stockton Heat for the second time in six days before they host the San Diego Gulls on Saturday evening, the first edition of the So-Cal Series during the 2018-19 regular season.
Let’s start with the hockey – No changes to the Reign roster since the goaltending roster moves from earlier this week. Cal Petersen and Cole Kehler will be the goaltending tandem this weekend for Ontario and the entire Reign roster was on the ice for today’s practice. Should have a better picture from tomorrow’s morning skate on what the lineup will look like.
Caught up with forward Kyle Bauman briefly after today’s practice, who was excited to get back in front of the Ontario crowd this weekend after opening the season on the road.
“We have the best fans in the league. It’s always rowdy, it’s always a great environment in there and I’m super excited for the first home game, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
With another contest against the Heat in a shorter time-span, Bauman noted that last game was high-scoring and that things “got a little chippy in the third period” which creates a bit of a rivalry and he’s expecting a physical contest in Ontario on Friday.
In other news, ICYMI, the Reign officially named their captain and alternate captains, as well as their leadership group, earlier this week. Check out the full write-up on that HERE.
Now, onto the games……..
Friday, October 12, 2018 – Ontario vs. Stockton
The Reign will have two giveaways on Opening Night in Ontario – a magnet schedule and a Reign beanie, both for the first 5,000 fans in attendance. The Reign beanie is presented by Mt Baldy and will come in handy inside the arena throughout the season. The magnet schedule, presented by RDS Group Inc. will have the Reign’s entire 2018-19 schedule and will partner nicely with the Kings/Reign magnet schedule you received if you visited Reign Night at STAPLES Center this past weekend.
Tickets are still available for Friday’s game in a few different ways. The packages will cut off tomorrow morning and online sales cut off 3 hours prior to puck drop –T-Shirt & Ticket Offer – Get this shirt, modeled by Reign defenseman Austin Strand, and a ticket to the game
Power-Play Pack – Ticket + Hot Dog + Soda
Saturday, October 13, 2018 – Ontario vs. San Diego
I’ll be honest, I didn’t really know what “Day of the Dead” was about – and I definitely didn’t know what it was in Spanish – until I came out here, but it’s a big thing and the Reign have a pretty big night planned for an early celebration on Saturday.
Dia de los Muertos Night, presented by Violent Gentlemen Hockey Club, is the promotion with a bobblehead giveaway, presented by Violent Gentlemen for the first 5,000 fans. The Dia de los Muertos themed T-Shirts from the ticket plan, as featured above, are also a Violent Gentlemen creation that will be sold on the main concourse during both Friday’s and Saturday’s games. Saturday will feature a Reign Fan Fest prior to the game, located outside of the outdoor patio area. The Fan Fest will be a party to celebrate Opening Weekend with a live DJ, games and vendors, running from 4:00 PM through 6:30 PM.
Tickets – Same cutoffs as above – Morning of on packages, three hours before puck drop on individual tickets online.
Other Opening Weekend Happenings
– Tomorrow afternoon’s game will mark the debut of the new concession stands at the CBBA. The arena will feature a re-branded look. The Reign put together a video to highlight those changes, featuring an interview with arena General Manager Michael Krouse (shown below).
– Tomorrow will also mark the debut of AHLTV in Ontario – If you aren’t able to make it to the CBBA, the game will be live-streamed via AHLTV. Ontario will also offer an online audio broadcast, featuring the voice of the Reign, Cameron Close, accessible HERE.
– Check back tomorrow for news from morning skate & a preview of tomorrow’s tilt between Ontario and Stockton.