Kings promote Emerson, Murray; Seeley named Ontario's GM - LA Kings Insider

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Via the LA Kings, Nelson Emerson has been promoted to Director of Player Personnel (previously Director of Player Development) and Glen Murray has been promoted to Director of Player Development (previously Player Development). Also, Richard Seeley, who served as ECHL-Manchester’s head coach for the last three seasons, will move west and serve as the General Manager of the AHL’s Ontario Reign. The release shares several additional notes, such as Craig Johnson joining the development staff:

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have promoted Nelson Emerson to Director of Player Personnel and Glen Murray to Director of Player Development, and have named Richard Seeley as General Manager of the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

In addition, the Kings announced several other changes to the club’s Hockey Operations department:

* Craig Johnson has joined the Kings Development Department (with an emphasis on skating).

* Jaroslav Modry has officially been named as Reign Assistant Coach after filling a similar (part-time) role this past season.

* Hubie McDonough now works exclusively in a scouting role with the Kings after most recently serving as Ontario’s Director of Hockey Operations.

Emerson has spent the past 10 seasons in the Kings Player Development department, most recently serving as Director and playing an integral role in what, at the time, was a new department. Prior to leading the Player Development department, the former Kings forward spent two seasons as an Assistant Coach for the Kings and has also worked as a Kings Coaches Aide. He played for the Kings from 1999-02 as part of his 12-year NHL playing career.

Murray takes over as Director of Kings Player Development, the role most recently held by Emerson. He has spent the past several seasons as part of the club’s Player Development department, most recently in a full-time role after initially joining the department in a part-time role. He played for the Kings from 1996-02 as part of his 16-year NHL playing career.

Seeley this past season served as Head Coach of the Manchester Monarchs, a role he has held the past three years. Originally selected by the Kings in the sixth-round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Seeley’s teams in Manchester have posted a winning record each season with him behind the bench. Kings Assistant General Manager (AGM) Michael Futa, who has also served as the Reign’s General Manager, remains in his current AGM role with the Kings organization.

In LAKI-related staff news, Ontario Reign Insider will exist next season! More to come early next week, but Zach Dooley has been hired by the Reign and will serve in the ORI position previously held by the esteemed Lindsay Czarnecki and the distinguished Joey Zakrzewski. We’ll get to know Zach soon; you can follow him on Twitter here.

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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.