Crescenzi departs Kings, Reign, joins HC Bolzano - LA Kings Insider

Forward Andrew Crescenzi becomes the latest member of the 2017-18 Ontario Reign to move on as he signed a deal with HC Bolzano of the EBEL (Austria). For those multi-lingual Insiders, you can read the tweet in English and the press release in your choice of German or Italian. HC Bolzano, an Italian team in the primarily Austrian Erste Bank Eishockey Liga, were 2018 EBEL playoff champions. He’ll play against Dwight King, who recently signed a contract with the EBEL’s Graz 99ers.

Crescenzi was a great example of a player who paid his dues and earned himself an NHL opportunity. Crescenzi worked his way up from the ECHL, where he skated in 23 games with the now defunct San Francisco Bulls in the 2012-13 season. That Bulls team was star-studded by ECHL standards – It also included former LA King Torrey Mitchell for two games and then-Edmonton Oilers defenseman Theo Peckham for four during the NHL Lockout, current Ontario forward Jamie Devane and current Tampa Bay Lightning star Yanni Gourde.

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Crescenzi was a smart, heady player who embraced his role on the 2015 Calder Cup Champion Manchester Monarchs and served as a good solider for Ontario Reign Head Coach Mike Stothers for three seasons in Ontario. Crescenzi finishes his tenure with the organization with 248 regular-season AHL games between Manchester and Ontario and is second all-time in Reign franchise history with 180 regular-season games played.

“It’s a great story,” Stothers said after Crescenzi’s recall to the Kings. “[Crescenzi] was not a draft pick of the Kings, he was acquired through a trade with Toronto, and he’s come a long way. It’s a real good story in the fact that [Crescenzi] wasn’t even invited to main camp the first year and that’s a tough thing, he just reported straight to Manchester. He wound up being fourth on the depth chart in terms of centermen and he embraced the role he had as a fourth-line centerman. Huge on faceoffs, great penalty killer and he’s really forged an identity through that. It’s a good example of it’s not all about stats, it’s not all about numbers, goals and assists and hockey people recognize the value of a guy like [Crescenzi], what he brings to the team. John Stevens has been thoroughly impressed with him in the four years that he’s been here and now he’s getting an opportunity to play in the NHL.”

Check out a good, in-depth scouting report from Jon on Crescenzi, where he details more on his game. Crescenzi went on to make his NHL debut on November 14 against Vancouver and appeared in two total games with the Kings. The 6-6 center was scoreless with two penalty minutes and averaged 7:52 of ice time skating on the fourth line.

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#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


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#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.

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#09 | 6′ 1″ | 187 lb | Age: 20

Born: 9/13/1996
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


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#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C


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