The Ontario Reign are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL) which began play in the 2015–16 season. Based in Ontario, California and affiliated with the National Hockey League's Los Angeles Kings, the team plays its home games at the Toyota Arena. The franchise is a relocation of the former Manchester Monarchs AHL franchise when several other franchises created a Pacific Division in 2015. The team is owned by the Anschutz Entertainment Group.

Ontario Reign
2019–20 AHL season
Ontario Reign (AHL) logo.svg
CityOntario, California
LeagueAmerican Hockey League (AHL)
ConferenceWestern
DivisionPacific
Founded2001
Home arenaToyota Arena
Colors         
Owner(s)Anschutz Entertainment Group
General managerRichard Seeley[1]
Head coachMike Stothers
MediaInland Valley Daily Bulletin
AHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesLos Angeles Kings (NHL)
Franchise history
2001–2015Manchester Monarchs
2015–presentOntario Reign
Championships
Division Championships1 (2015–16)

The Reign replaced the ECHL team of the same name, which played from 2008 until 2015, after which they moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, to play as the Manchester Monarchs.

HistoryEdit

On January 29, 2015, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they would be moving their AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, to Ontario as one of five charter members of the AHL's new Pacific Division. The team retained the Reign nickname from its ECHL predecessor (which moved to Manchester and take on the Monarchs moniker, in essentially a "franchise swap").[2] The Reign's AHL logo was unveiled on Wednesday, February 11.

In its inaugural season in California, the Reign won the first Pacific Division regular season title with a 44–19–4–1 record. Goaltender Peter Budaj was named to the 2015–16 AHL First All-Star Team and was selected as the league top goaltender with the Baz Bastien Memorial Award.[3] Sean Backman lead the team in scoring with 21 goals and 34 assists while playing all 68 games for the Reign. The Reign would also win the division in the playoffs, defeating the San Jose Barracuda three-games-to-one and the San Diego Gulls four-games-to-one. In the conference finals, the Reign were swept by the eventual Calder Cup champion Lake Erie Monsters in four games.

During the next season in 2016–17, due to goaltender injuries and call-ups for their parent club, the Los Angeles Kings, the Reign ended up using a Canadian father-son duo Dusty and Jonah Imoo during a game in October 2016. Dusty Imoo (age 46) was a goaltending consultant with the Kings. Jonah (age 22) made his AHL debut on a tryout contract. Both the Imoos had grown up in Surrey, British Columbia.[4] By the end of the season, the Reign qualified for the playoffs in third place in the Pacific Division, losing in the first round to San Diego.

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts PCT GF GA Standing Year 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
2015–16 68 44 19 4 1 93 .684 192 138 1st, Pacific 2016 W, 3–1, SJ W, 4–1, SD L, 0–4, LE
2016–17 68 36 21 10 1 83 .610 199 190 3rd, Pacific 2017 L, 2–3, SD
2017–18 68 36 25 4 3 79 .581 200 194 3rd, Pacific 2018 L, 1–3, TEX
2018–19 68 25 33 6 4 60 .441 213 274 7th, Pacific 2019 Did not qualify

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated January 24, 2020.[5]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
4   Mikey Anderson D L 20 2019 Fridley, Minnesota Kings
26   Jaret Anderson-Dolan C L 20 2019 Calgary, Alberta Kings
33   Tobias Bjornfot D L 18 2019 Upplands Väsby, Sweden Kings
17   Lance Bouma (A) LW/C L 29 2019 Provost, Alberta Reign
8   Daniel Brickley   D L 24 2018 Salt Lake City, Utah Kings
12   Blaine Byron C L 24 2019 Manotick, Ontario Reign
10   Kale Clague D L 21 2018 Regina, Saskatchewan Kings
23   Jacob Doty RW/C R 26 2019 Denver, Colorado Reign
37   Sean Durzi D R 21 2019 Toronto, Ontario Kings
21   Mikey Eyssimont LW L 23 2018 Littleton, Colorado Kings
29   Martin Frk RW R 26 2019 Pelhrimov, Czech Republic Kings
38   Max Gottlieb D L 24 2019 Old Bridge, New Jersey Reign
15   Carl Grundstrom LW L 22 2019 Umea, Sweden Kings
18   Boko Imama LW L 23 2017 Montreal, Quebec Kings
9   Rasmus Kupari   C R 19 2019 Kotka, Finland Kings
6   Paul LaDue (A) D R 27 2016 Grand Forks, North Dakota Kings
16   Blake Lizotte C L 22 2020 Lindstrom, Minnesota Kings
25   Matt Luff RW R 22 2017 Oakville, Ontario Kings
40   Cal Petersen G R 25 2017 Waterloo, Iowa Kings
41   Chaz Reddekopp D L 23 2017 West Kelowna, British Columbia Kings
27   Sheldon Rempal LW L 24 2018 Calgary, Alberta Kings
13   Johan Sodergran LW L 20 2019 Stockholm, Sweden Kings
14   Ryan Stanton   D L 30 2019 St. Albert, Alberta Reign
2   Austin Strand D R 22 2018 Calgary, Alberta Kings
7   Brett Sutter (C) C L 32 2016 Calgary, Alberta Reign
42   Gabe Vilardi C R 20 2018 Kingston, Ontario Kings
31   Matt Villalta G L 20 2019 Kingston, Ontario Kings

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Monarchs looking for new coach after Seeley named general manager of LA Kings' AHL affiliate". New Hampshire Union Leader. June 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "Reign Become the AHL Affiliate of LA Kings". Ontario Reign. January 30, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  3. ^ "Reign's Budaj named AHL's top goaltender". American Hockey League. April 11, 2016. Archived from the original on April 14, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  4. ^ Greenizan, Nick (October 25, 2016). "Hockey history for Surrey father-son goalie tandem in AHL game in California". Peace Arch News.
  5. ^ "Ontario Reign roster". Ontario Reign. 2020-01-09. Retrieved 2020-01-09.

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