Doug Spooner on returning to Reign.

I had a chance to catch up with Doug Spooner recently. The forward, who appeared in seven games for the Reign last season after concluding his college career at the University of Waterloo, “has a lot to learn but he’s willing to be patient and wait for his opportunities,” according to coach Karl Taylor.

Here’s what Spooner had to say …
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Reign drop some size, add some skill.

The Reign announced the signing of their 12th forward for the upcoming season, former University of Vermont standout Peter Lenes.

Lenes is a relatively small 5-foot-6 and 160 pounds, but offers some of the skill and speed that Reign coach Karl Taylor believes was lacking at times last season.

“He’s a smaller player but his skill level is obviously at an elite level,” Taylor said.
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It’s baa-ack!

Mark your calendars and sharpen your blades: The Reign have announced the dates for their 2009 open free-agent tryouts: Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 at Riverside Ice Town at 10540 Magnolia Ave in Riverside.

More from the official press release:

Tryout spots are limited to 6 goaltenders with a total of 40 participants, and players must be at least 18 years old. Registration is $75 and includes two on-ice practice sessions and a practice jersey. Registration will begin Saturday at 10 a.m., with the on-ice session running from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday check-in will begin at 11 a.m., with the on-ice session running from 11:55 a.m. and concluding at 1:55 p.m. All practice sessions are open to the public for viewing. Tryouts are on a first-come first-serve basis.

The open tryout camp offers players the opportunity to show the Reign coaching staff their skills for a chance at receiving an invitation to the 2009-10 Ontario Reign training camp.

To register for the Reign Free Agent Camp contact Lauren Gesselman in the Reign front office at (909) 941-PUCK (7825).