Maxime Boisclair, the talented power forward who left the Reign midway through the team’s inaugural season to pursue his post-hockey career, is back … in the Central Hockey League.
Boisclair has signed with the Corpus Christi (Texas) Ice Rays for the 2009-10 season. He was suspended by the Reign in late December, when he decided to return to his native Quebec and train to become a firefighter. He also found time to play in the LNAH (North American Hockey League), which is known more for its fighting than its hockey.
The Reign no longer hold his ECHL rights.
Here’s the press release out of Corpus Christi.
The hockey jersey poll continues over at TheHockeyNews.com, where the Reign’s jersey didn’t make it out of the first round.
Evidently, the Reign finished fifth in the ECHL jersey polling, and THN awarded four berths. D’oh. In a cruel twist of fate, Stockton grabbed the fourth spot. Florida, Toledo and newcomer Kalamazoo were the other ECHL jerseys to advance.
Single-game tickets to Ontario Reign home games will be available beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office, as well as online or over the phone through Ticketmaster.
Click here for the full press release.
The Reign are slated to visit the Bakersfield Condors in their regular-season opener on October 16. Pier-Olivier Pelletier might not be the starting goalie for Bakersfield by that time, but he was signed to a rookie contract Wednesday by the Condors.
Why is that notable? Well, doing our research on Pelletier, we thought the ECHL was surely pulling a sophomoric prank on his bio page in listing his place of birth as “St. Louis-du-Ha!-Ha!” (pronounce it in French, it’s a blast).
We were wrong. The place exists. There’s even a photo:
Asked to list his strengths as a goaltender, Mike Zacharias’ quick reflexes kicked in as he delivered an intriguing response.
“I think I’m a pretty decent puck player,” said Zacharias, the first goalie to sign with the Reign this off-season. “I know in the pro game it’s a little different; they have the trapezoid and I won’t be able to wander as much. … I’m good at getting the puck out to my defensemen.”
Goalies who can deliver the long pass are often tempted to take aim at the opposite goal, at least when it’s empty. Has it ever worked for Zacharias?
Darren McMillan, a steady defenseman in the Reign’s inaugural season, has signed with the Quad City Mallards of the International Hockey League.
The ECHL preseason schedule is out, including the Reign’s two preseason games against the Las Vegas Wranglers, Oct. 8 in Vegas and Oct. 9 at Center Ice Arena.
If you’re hardcore about these things, see the official press release for the Kalamazoo-Alaska game times.
Mike Zacharias of Minnesota State-Mankato, the school’s all-time record holder in goals-against average (2.71) and save percentage (.910), is coming to the Reign.