29 hours until Reign drop the puck.

I wanted to be able to go with a round number, like “24 hours,” but here’s the skinny from Reign camp, five hours early:

– Goaltender Kellen Briggs’ mysterious preseason journey will indeed bring him to Ontario. As a rookie, Briggs was fifth in the ECHL last year in goals-against average (2.36) for the Idaho Steelheads. The 25-year-old is the all-time shutout leader in University of Minnesota history. Trying to get a beat on his preseason has been tough; the Houston Aeros announced two days ago that they had released him from their camp, but that was six days after the Steelheads announced they’d traded his rights to the Reign. I hadn’t seen him in camp, and I’m not sure what the full story is. Will update when he arrives in town. Looks like the Reign will be nothing if not stacked in goal, with Briggs and Kings prospect Jeff Zatkoff, who hasn’t arrived yet either. (UPDATE: read the official release here.)

– 21-year-old John Murray will be the starter tomorrow against Bakersfield. He’s looked good in practice but might not be good enough to crack the opening-day roster with Briggs and Zatkoff in tow.

– There’s 22 guys in camp and only 20 can dress for the game. The odd men out: Open-tryout signees C.J. Tozzo and Alex Redmond, both forwards.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.