Stothers to represent Pacific at All-Star Challenge - LA Kings Insider

Reign head coach Mike Stothers will represent the Pacific Division at this year’s revamped AHL All-Star Challenge to take place on Feb. 1 in Syracuse, N.Y.

Stothers, 53, has guided the Reign to a 17-6-2-1 record this season in his second year with the Kings’ AHL affiliate. Stothers, who won the Louis A.R. Pieri Award as AHL coach of the year last season, led the Manchester Monarchs in their final AHL season to their first Calder Cup championship last year. This is his second consecutive appearance coaching in the AHL All-Star weekend.

In a bit of twist to this year’s format, the AHL All-Stars will divided by division and will play a round-robin tournament. According to the AHL press release, “Instead of a traditional 60-minute game, the teams will play a round-robin tournament featuring six games of nine minutes each; the first half of each game will be played at 4-on-4, and the second half at 3-on-3. The two teams with the best records at the end of the round-robin tournament will face off for the championship, a six-minute game played at 3-on-3.”

Representing the other three AHL divisions will be Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Jay Leach (Atlantic), Toronto’s Sheldon Keefe (North) and Milwaukee’s Dean Evason (Central). All coaches earned the right to represent their division as their team had the lead in their respective division at the end of 2015.

Player rosters will be announced later this week. In addition to the All-Star Classic, there will be an East vs. West skills competition held on Jan. 31.

You can read the full press release from the AHL here.

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.