February 26: Bus Texts with Stothers - LA Kings Insider

After every Reign road game I’ll try to catch up with head coach Mike Stothers from the bus to get some texts on his assessment of the game. Here’s what he had to say after Friday’s 3-2 overtime win against the Stars.

Reign 3, Stars 2 (OT)
Defenseman Vincent LoVerde has two goals including the game-winner as the Reign improved to 5-0 against the Dallas Stars affiliate in the first of a back-to-back in Texas.

ORI: Big guys were very big tonight. LoVerde, Dowd, Backman… Can you talk a bit about the leaders leading the way.
Stothers: That was a terrific game played by two good skating hockey clubs. Felt like a playoff game. In games like this your leaders need to be your best players and they certainly were tonight. Our roster was altered due to injury, and recalls. Then this afternoon a trade occurs that takes veteran presence away from your blue line. They remained focused and dialed in and refused to let anything distract us. That falls on your leadership group and they were outstanding. Very proud of each and every guy tonight.
ORI: Certainly makes it a bit easier to shrug off that late call on Crescenzi to set up late tying goal?
Stothers: Yeah that was a tough call that late in the game, and they made a nice play to score and tie it up. The way we reacted and responded showed a lot of courage and confidence. We just went back to work, no big deal. As soon as the puck hit the ice to start overtime we controlled most of the play.
ORI: Will Gravel be joining you tomorrow, and what’s the situation on Zykov’s injury?
Stothers: Gravs will not be joining us in time for tomorrow. Zykov has been battling through an elbow injury all year long. The bursa becomes enlarged and he has had it drained a couple times. It became infected and he had to remain home for further evaluation with our doctors.

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.