A new role for an old Reign.

Remember Ryan Bowness?

The original Reign forward, the son of former NHL head roach Rick Bowness, has been promoted to the position of Manager of Player Development and Hockey Administration with the Atlanta Thrashers.

Bowness, who joined the Thrashers as a hockey operations assistant in
January, will primarily work with the organization’s amateur and
minor-league prospects, assisting with advancing their off-ice
training, nutrition and skill development. In addition, he will support
the hockey operations staff with stats analysis, scouting coordination
and player research.

The 26-year-old spent his entire 11-game professional playing career with the Reign in 2008, scoring one goal and racking up 21 penalty minutes before suffering a season-ending hand injury in a fight.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

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