The Reign have added some depth with three newcomers, signing winger Joel Irving, defenseman Mike Egener, and left wing James McEwan for the 2009-10 season.
Center Tim Kraus and defenseman Brian Kilburg were cut Monday by the AHL’s Portland Pirates, the Portland Press Herald reports. The two will report on time for the start of training camp with the Reign.
Geoff Walker and Mike Zacharias are the only players whom the Reign signed over the summer still in an AHL camp. Both are with the Kings’ AHL affiliate in Manchester, N.H.
The Reign will play only two exhibition games before the regular season begins, which looks like a luxury compared to the Kings’ American Hockey League affiliate. The Manchester Monarchs play only one game — a 5-1 loss yesterday in Berlin, New Hampshire — before their regular season begins.
Several Reign alumni made their case to stay in the AHL.
Reign center Tim Kraus and defenseman Brian Kilburg are currently in camp with the Portland (Maine) Pirates of the American Hockey League and saw their first preseason action Saturday against the
Andrew Martens and Jon Rheault have been released from their tryouts in the Manitoba Moose (AHL) camp. Both are expected to be in Ontario when training camp starts Oct. 2.
Also Friday, former Reign netminder John Murray was assigned by the Moose to the Victoria Salmon Kings, who visit The Bank on November 6 and 7.
Dan Knapp and Andrew Martens are returning to the Reign blue line in 2009-10.
Passing this along for the kids…
The Frontier Project Foundation is looking for students grades K to 12 to participate in the “Think Green” Essay Contest for the chance to win Ontario Reign hockey tickets for Saturday, October 31.
Participants have to submit two to three paragraphs about what they are doing in their home, school, or community to make the earth a healthier place. A maximum of 250 winners will be chosen. This year 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be chosen.
Winners of the essay contest will get the chance to see the Reign play on “Go Green on Halloween” October 31. Winning prizes will include: A chance to drop the ceremonial game puck, ride the Zamboni on the ice and two tickets to the game at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
Contest entries must be submitted online by September 28, entries received after September 28 will not be accepted. Please submit your entries online to the following website: www.frontierproject.com/index.aspx?recordid=34&page=20.
The Kings assigned forwards Geoff Walker and Bud Holloway, and goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, to Manchester of the AHL on Sunday. Walker, who was invited to the Kings’ camp on a tryout, hasn’t signed an AHL contract but is merely continuing his tryout in Manchester.
Also, ex-Reign defenseman Colten Teubert, the Kings’ first-round draft pick in 2008, was assigned to Regina of the Western Hockey League on Sunday.
The Kings cut eight players from their training camp roster today, and Geoff Walker wasn’t one of them. The Reign right wing is still in the running to achieve his goal of playing for the Kings at Citizens Business Bank Arena on Thursday against the San Jose Sharks.
Walker did not play in either of the Kings’ split-squad exhibition games Tuesday (one in Phoenix, one in Los Angeles) against the Coyotes.
The players heading back to their juniors teams (destination in parentheses) are: G Jean-Francois Berube (Montreal, QMJHL), D Nicolas Deslauriers (Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL), G Martin Jones (Calgary, WHL), RW Brandon Kozun (Calgary, WHL), RW Linden Vey (Medicine Hat, WHL). D Milan Doczy, D Radko Gudas and C Tyler Maxwell were released from their tryout contracts.