Ontario Reign
2022–23 AHL season
Ontario Reign (AHL) logo.svg
CityOntario, California
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceWestern
DivisionPacific
Founded2001
Home arenaToyota Arena
Colors   
Owner(s)Anschutz Entertainment Group
General managerRichard Seeley[1]
Head coachMarco Sturm
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 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.

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, based on the Kings' 1980s-90s "Chevy" 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
Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts PCT GF GA Standing Year Prelims 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
2019–20 57 29 22 5 1 64 .561 166 198 5th, Pacific 2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2020–21 40 17 19 4 0 38 .475 136 149 6th, Pacific 2021[a] OTL, 4–5, COL
2021–22 68 41 18 5 4 91 .669 259 219 2nd, Pacific 2022 W, 2–0, SD L, 0–3, 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 June 20, 2022.[8]

No. Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
38 Canada Frederic Allard D R 24 2022 Saint-Sauveur, Quebec Kings
28 Canada Jaret Anderson-Dolan C L 22 2019 Calgary, Alberta Kings
37 United States Jacob Doty RW/C R 29 2019 Denver, Colorado Reign
47 Canada Aidan Dudas C R 22 2021 Parry Sound, Ontario Kings
11 Sweden Samuel Fagemo RW R 22 2021 Göteborg, Sweden Kings
29 Czech Republic Martin Frk (A) RW R 28 2019 Pelhrimov, Czech Republic Kings
24 Canada Cameron Gaunce D L 32 2021 Sudbury, Ontario Reign
3 Sweden Helge Grans D R 20 2021 Ljungby, Sweden Kings
25 Finland Samuel Helenius C L 19 2022 Järvenpää, Finland Kings
8 Canada Thomas Hickey D L 33 2022 Calgary, Alberta Islanders
1 Slovakia David Hrenak G L 24 2022 Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia Kings
13 United States Tyler Inamoto D L 23 2022 Barrington, Illinois Reign
68 Canada Jacob Ingham G L 22 2021 Barrie, Ontario Kings
22 Canada Brett Kemp C R 22 2021 Yorkton, Saskatchewan Reign
26 Sweden Andre Lee LW L 21 2022 Karlstad, Sweden Kings
29 United States John Lethemon G L 25 2021 Northville, Michigan Reign
27 United States Tyler Madden C R 22 2021 Albany, New York Kings
6 Canada Nelson Nogier D R 26 2022 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Kings
10 Finland Kim Nousiainen D L 21 2022 Kuopio, Finland Kings
19 Russia Nikita Pavlychev C L 25 2021 Yaroslavl, Russia Reign
40 United States Garret Sparks G L 28 2021 Elmhurst, Illinois Kings
7 Canada Brett Sutter (C) C L 35 2016 Calgary, Alberta Reign
14 Canada Akil Thomas C R 22 2021 Scarborough, Ontario Kings
39 United States Alex Turcotte C L 21 2021 Island Lake, Illinois Kings
17 United States T. J. Tynan (A) C R 30 2021 Orland Park, Illinois Kings
31 Canada Matt Villalta G L 23 2019 Kingston, Ontario Kings
15 Canada Austin Wagner LW L 25 2017 Calgary, Alberta Kings
34 Canada Taylor Ward F R 24 2022 Kelowna, British Columbia Kings
86 United States Christian Wolanin D L 27 2021 Quebec City, Quebec Kings

References

  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. ^ "Kings part ways with minor-league coach Mike Stothers". Los Angeles Times. May 20, 2020.
  6. ^ "28 teams to participate in 2020-21 season". American Hockey League. January 4, 2021. Retrieved January 4, 2021.
  7. ^ "Closed to spectators, Reign to play home games at TSC". Toyota Sports Center. January 4, 2021. Retrieved January 4, 2021.
  8. ^ "Ontario Reign roster". Ontario Reign. 2022-06-20. Retrieved 2022-06-20.