Ontario Reign


The Ontario Reign are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL) that 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.

Ontario Reign
2021–22 AHL season
CityOntario, California
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceWestrn
DivisionPacific
Founded2001
Home arenaToyota Arena
Colors   
Owner(s)Anschutz Entertainment Group
General managerRichard Seeley[1]
Head coachJohn Wroblewski
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 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. 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.

History


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. The franchise retained head coach Mike Stothers during the move from Manchester.

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.

The 2019–20 season was curtailed by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. During the offseason, Stothers' contract was not renewed and was replaced by John Wroblewski as the new head coach.[5] Approaching the delayed 2020–21 season, the Reign announced they would temporarily relocate and play out of the Kings' practice rink, Toyota Sports Center, in El Segundo due to pandemic-related restrictions.[6] The Sports Center hosted all the Reign's home games closed to spectators.[7]

Season-by-season records


Regular season Playoffs
SeasonGPWLOTLSOLPtsPCTGFGAStandingYear1st round2nd round3rd roundFinals
2015–166844194193.6841921381st, Pacific2016W, 3–1, SJW, 4–1, SDL, 0–4, LE
2016–1768362110183.6101991903rd, Pacific2017L, 2–3, SD
2017–186836254379.5812001943rd, Pacific2018L, 1–3, TEX
2018–196825336460.4412132747th, Pacific2019Did not qualify
2019–205729225164.5611661985th, Pacific2020Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2020–214017194038.4751361496th, Pacific2021[lower-alpha 1]OTL, 4–5, COL
  1. The 2021 Calder Cup playoffs were not held; the Pacific Division held a postseason tournament for the division title. The bottom four teams had single-elimination play-in games to qualify for the semifinals (the first two rounds). The division semifinals and finals were best-of-three for the John D. Chick Trophy (the last two rounds).

Players


Current roster

Updated May 19, 2021.[8]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
5 Mark Alt D R 29 2021 Kansas City, Missouri Kings
15 Lias Andersson C L 22 2021 Smögen, Sweden Kings
35 Jean-Francois Berube G L 29 2020 Repentigny, Quebec Reign
8 Daniel Brickley D L 26 2018 Salt Lake City, Utah Kings
55 Quinton Byfield C L 18 2021 Newmarket, Ontario Kings
12 Blaine Byron (A) C L 26 2019 Manotick, Ontario Reign
28 Martin Chromiak RW R 18 2021 Ilava, Slovakia Reign
10 Kale Clague D L 23 2018 Regina, Saskatchewan Kings
37 Jacob Doty RW/C R 27 2019 Denver, Colorado Reign
47 Aidan Dudas C R 20 2021 Parry Sound, Ontario Kings
6 Sean Durzi D R 22 2019 Toronto, Ontario Kings
21 Mikey Eyssimont LW L 24 2018 Littleton, Colorado Kings
11 Samuel Fagemo RW R 21 2021 Göteborg, Sweden Kings
29 Martin Frk RW R 27 2019 Pelhrimov, Czech Republic Kings
24 Cameron Gaunce (A) D L 31 2021 Sudbury, Ontario Reign
1 Troy Grosenick G L 31 2021 Brookfield, Wisconsin Kings
32 Nick Halloran RW R 24 2020 Draper, Utah Reign
3 Cole Hults D L 23 2021 Stoughton, Wisconsin Kings
18 Bokondji Imama LW L 24 2017 Montreal, Quebec Kings
68 Jacob Ingham G L 21 2021 Barrie, Ontario Kings
49 Adam Johnson LW L 26 2021 Hibbing, Minnesota Reign
34 Arthur Kaliyev LW L 19 2021 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Kings
9 Rasmus Kupari C R 21 2019 Kotka, Finland Kings
27 Tyler Madden C R 21 2021 Deerfield Beach, Florida Kings
43 Jacob Moverare D L 22 2021 Östersund, Sweden Kings
Lukas Parik G L 20 2021 Neratovice, Czech Republic Reign
26 Markus Phillips D L 22 2019 Port Perry, Ontario Kings
19 Drake Rymsha C R 22 2018 Huntington Woods, Michigan Kings
38 Jack Sadek D R 24 2020 Lakeville, Minnesota Reign
25 Devante Smith-Pelly RW R 28 2021 Scarborough, Ontario Reign
13 Johan Sodergran LW L 21 2019 Stockholm, Sweden Kings
2 Austin Strand D R 24 2018 Calgary, Alberta Kings
7 Brett Sutter (C) C L 34 2016 Calgary, Alberta Reign
14 Akil Thomas C R 21 2021 Scarborough, Ontario Kings
39 Alex Turcotte C L 20 2021 Island Lake, Illinois Kings
31 Matt Villalta G L 22 2019 Kingston, Ontario Kings

References