PREVIEW - Ontario vs. San Diego, 9/26 - LA Kings Insider

WHO: Ontario Reign (0-0-0-0) vs. San Diego Gulls (0-0-0-0)
WHEN: Thursday, September 26, 2019 – 10:00 AM
WHERE: Toyota Arena – Ontario, CA
HOW TO FOLLOW: VIDEO: None – AUDIO – Gulls Proa (Away Stream) – TWITTER: @ontarioreign & @reigninsider

Lineup –

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Ontario Reign begin the 2019 preseason on home ice, with the San Diego Gulls in town for the first of two exhibition contests for the Reign.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Ontario and San Diego played a home-and-home set last year in the preseason, with the Reign taking both contests, including a victory on home ice in the shootout. The Reign have several new faces, including Sean Durzi and Markus Phillips, who could make their debuts with the team this morning.

NOT TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL: Today’s game is a morning contest in Ontario, the annual Cool School Game. More than 7,000 students are expected to be in attendance for today’s game, which will feature education themed activities and workbooks for the students throughout the game, all with a hockey flavor. It’s going to be……loud.

CAPTAIN CRUNCH: Forward Brett Sutter returns as Reign captain for the third consecutive season. The veteran forward skated in his 800th career AHL game during the 2019-20 campaign and broke the 20-goal plateau for the first time as a professional. Sutter is expected to make his preseason debut today against the Gulls.

AWAY TO ANAHEIM: The two So-Cal Series rivals will rematch on Monday evening in Anaheim, in their now annual meeting at Honda Center, home of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. Puck drops at 7 PM on Friday evening, with game tickets and parking free for all fans.

SCOUTING THE GULLS: Some familiar faces are on the roster for today’s opponent, starting with forwards Corey Tropp, Jack Kopacka and Devin Sideroff, who all skated with the team last season. Many of the Gulls’ top defensemen from a season ago are still in NHL camp with the Ducks, but Patrick Sieloff was a member of the Gulls towards the end of last season after a trade with Ottawa.

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.