Reign notebook 10/25 - Roster Notes, Walker, a trip to the UK, upcoming promotions - LA Kings Insider

The Ontario Reign are in preparation for their first meeting of the season against the Tucson Roadrunners on Friday evening. Friday’s game begins another three-game homestand for Ontario, following a pair of games away from home last weekend in Colorado.

Some notebook items to keep you occupied for the next few hours until the next blog –

Reign Practice Notes

Will have a larger hockey story later today as we detail some things heading into tomorrow’s game against Tucson. But for now, a few notes to get you started.

– Forward Zack Mitchell has been skating all week and Stothers noted that he is looking “very likely” for Friday’s game. More from Stothers on Mitchell’s return coming later.
– Forward Spencer Watson has been re-assigned to Manchester per hockey operations – That leaves Ontario with 13 forwards, 6 defensemen and 2 goaltenders heading into tomorrow.
– With the two above notes, the Reign sit at 19 skaters (all healthy, assuming Mitchell is good to go) and 2 goaltenders for Friday’s game. With just the one game this weekend (and one game in total over an 11-day span), there’s no immediate rush to add another player just for the sake of adding a player. However, with a pair of games the following week, and the Reign schedule ramping up a bit after that, one would imagine we’ll see some sort movement before then. With Jon reporting HERE that Dustin Brown is expected to be activated from injured reserve prior to Sunday’s game against the Rangers, that movement could come from the NHL level as the Kings would be at 24 skaters.

Walks This Way
Ontario Reign defenseman Sean Walker became the latest Reign alum to reach the NHL. Walker became the fourth Ontario alum to make their debut with the Kings this season (joining Austin Wagner, Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Sheldon Rempal) and the 27th player to play for both the Kings and Reign over the 3+ seasons that the Reign have been the AHL affiliate of the Kings.

Walker logged an assist and two shots on goal, along with an even +/- rating in his NHL debut on Tuesday, and per those late on the ice in Minnesota this morning, he is expected to remain in the lineup tonight against the Wild. His helper on Tuesday was a nice feed from his defensive zone to spring Tyler Toffoli the other way.

Across The Pond

A pretty cool initiative that the Reign are taking part in –

The El Roble Marching Band, under the direction of Taylor Estep, in Claremont, CA has been selected to perform in the New Year’s Day Parade in London in 2020. The event is invitation only for participation and the band was one of just three schools in the United States that were selected to perform. El Roble was also the only middle school selected to participate.

Former Lord Mayor of Westminster Duncan Sandys (the great-grandson of Winston Churchill) came to their school today to personally invite them.

So, why am I writing about this? Because Reign are partnering with the school for a fundraising night on December 22! The band will be performing both before the game and during intermission on that night, while raising money all evening to help fundraise for their trip.

My favorite TV show, The Office, came as a spinoff from a British show. Is that even relevant? Not really, but it gives me a loose connection to watch on YouTube during work hours and include this clip in my notebook.

The Reign’s mascot Kingston made an appearance at the official invitation today at the school, check out a couple pics of the event.

Reign Rookie Mixer

On Wednesday, the Reign held their third annual Rookie Mixer, featuring rookie players, rookie staff members and first year ALL-In members. The event took place on Tuesday at Big Al’s in Ontario in a more casual setting with pizza, games and the Dodgers and Kings games on the big screens.

One of the highlights of the night was the players playing Pictionary in two teams against each other as an ice breaker. Below is a shot of Brad Morrison’s mermaid.

Overall, seven players were at last night’s event – Kyle Bauman, Mikey Eyssimont, Daniel Brickley, Brad Morrison, Kale Clague, Drake Rymsha and Chaz Reddekopp. That total of seven almost feels light when considering how young this season’s Reign team is, but the number was as high as ten at one point with Rempal, Austin Strand and Cole Kehler a part of the team earlier this season.

A Look Ahead
– The Reign have a few promotions on Friday, starting with the first specialty jersey night of the season, the annual San Antonio Regional Hospital jersey (pictured below).
– Friday is also the Reign’s book drive, benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters. Fans that donate a book at the game will be entered to win a Cal Petersen signed puck and player card set and all books donated will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters Inland Empire.
– Moving forward from Friday, Hockey Fights Cancer Night is coming up on Saturday, November 3. Hockey Fights Cancer has been a very important initiative throughout the hockey community and there are some personal ties within the Reign team. Stay tuned for some of those stories leading up to the game.

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.