Reign: Chavira on NHL skills competition.

I asked Reign forward Itan Chavira today about the NHL skills competition over the weekend. Chavira is known for his trickery, which would easily have been on par with anything Saturday. That’s what I thought, at least.

Said Chavira: “(Anaheim’s Ryan) Getzlaf and (Montreal’s Alex) Kovalev probably had the most skill in that category, but to see (Washington’s Alex) Ovechkin win it was a downer. Everybody knows he’s a fan favorite. It’s the second year they’ve done this, I still haven’t seen anything that’s impressed me yet.”

More Chavira: He said that, at one point, he was contemplating leaving the Reign to attend film school. Over the past few weeks he’s changed his mind.

“It’s called Film Connection, it’s in L.A. Classes are two days a week. They still can work around your time. Say you go on a road trip for a week, miss one class, you can do three the next week. You get a mentor, it’s one-on-one. I bring my laptop around all the time.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the 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.