Cole Kehler re-assigned to Ontario; The few, the proud, the right-handed catching goalies - LA Kings Insider

With Peter Budaj recalled to the NHL by the Kings yesterday afternoon, a corresponding roster move was made earlier today for the Reign as goaltender Cole Kehler was re-assigned from Manchester to Ontario.

Kehler opened the season in a tough situation – The NHL tandem of Jonathan Quick and Jack Campbell was established, while Cal Petersen and Peter Budaj were firmly entrenched as the duo in the AHL. The recent injury to Quick opens a door for Kehler to step into the AHL behind Cal Petersen.

From the Reign Official Release –

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Kings, NHL affiliate of the Ontario Reign, have re-assigned goaltender Cole Kehler from the ECHL’s Manchester Monarchs to Ontario.

The 20-year-old Kehler (born Dec. 17, 1997) is a 6-4, 205-pound native of Altona, MAN. Kehler has appeared in 141 games in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks and Kamloops Blazers over the past four seasons, posting a 66-51-9 record, a .899 save percentage and a 3.31 goals against average.

Kehler also appeared in 23 playoff contests with Portland from 2017-18 and posted a 10-11-2 record, a .897 save percentage and a 3.75 goals against average. Kehler originally signed an entry-level contract with Los Angeles on December 8, 2017 as an undrafted free agent.

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Petersen and Kehler, who are the first two goaltenders in Ontario’s AHL history to catch right, now make up 33% of the right-handed catching goaltenders in the AHL and are the only right-catch tandem in the AHL. There are four other goaltenders in the AHL listed as catching right-handed – Belleville’s Mike McKenna, Colorado’s Pavel Francouz, Hartford’s Marek Mazanec and Laval’s Charlie Lindgren (Laval’s Michael McNiven is actually also listed as a right-handed catch on but it is an error on the site).

There is also not a single goalie currently on an NHL roster that is a right-handed catching goaltender. In Kings history, six right-handed catching goaltenders have suited up for the team, including Hockey Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr, who played 14 games with the Kings during the 1994-95 season. Mathieu Garon has played the most games in Kings history by a righty-catch goalie with 95, while Markus Mattsson (38), J-S Aubin (19), Frederic Chabot (19) and David Goverde (5) have also suited up.

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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.