Black and White, Episode 5: Ontario Reign; Budaj mask! - LA Kings Insider

The Kings’ Black and White series continued earlier this week with a focus on the Ontario Reign. The newfound ease in player movement was highlighted, with Derek Forbort recalling being unable to make his NHL debut in Columbus last season because of a snowstorm that grounded him in Boston and Rob Blake sharing the details of Jamie McBain joining the team for a game in San Jose after skating through a practice in Ontario that morning. In addition to the logistics, the proximity between Ontario and the parent club allows for relationships between players and those in hockey operations to be enhanced.

“I think that will go distances for these young kids, to know that the NHL club is not only watching them on video and paying attention to the stats, but they have a presence here.”
-Rob Blake

Also from the Reign, here’s Peter Budaj’s Ned Flanders-themed goalie mask that comes with a monarchial twist, and it’s superb. I wonder if it feels like he’s wearing nothing at all, nothing at all, nothing at all! Sadly, Lord Thislewick Flanders is not represented.



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Kurtis MacDermid

#56 | 6′ 5″ | 233 lb | Age: 23

Born: March 25, 1994
Birthplace: Sauble Beach, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


MacDermid was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 12, 2012.

Michael Amadio

#52 | 6′ 1″ | 204 lb | Age: 21

Born: May 13, 1996
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Amadio was selected by the Kings in the third round (90th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Lintuniemi

#10 | 6′ 3″ | 214 lb | Age: 21

Born: DOB: 9/23/1995
Position: D


Lintuniemi played in 27 games for the HIFK U18 team in Helsinki at 15-years-old, as well as seven games with the Finland U16 team. He made his professional hockey debut with the Monarchs in 2015, and has since begun playing for the 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.