The Reign have signed left wings Brian Matte and Tyler Mugford, adding to a forward corps that already includes returning centers Jon Francisco and Tim Kraus.
The 21-year-old Matte, listed at 6-feet and 185 pounds, spent 2008-09 with the WHL’s Prince George Cougars in his native Prince George, British Columbia. He registered 30 points (17 goals, 13 assists) and 71 penalty minutes in 48 regular-season games, as well as two points (1g, 1a) and seven penalty minutes in four playoff games.
The Cougars were near the bottom of the standings at 25-44-3, but Matte still managed to post a minus-6 rating — best among the team’s regular forwards. His 30 points were eighth on the team in scoring.
The 24-year-old Mugford, listed at 6-1 and 190 pounds, played four seasons with Cornell University from 2005-09, scoring 26 points (8 goals, 18 assists) and 189 penalty minutes in 127 games. Last season, the Prince Albert, Saskatchewan native was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference defensive player of the year.
“Matte comes with high recommendation, and is a solid forward who will bring his two-way style to the ice in Ontario next season,” coach Karl Taylor said in a statement. “We are looking forward to seeing Mugford improve at the professional level.”