Rheault makes NHL preseason debut.

Former Reign forward Jon Rheault skated Tuesday night for the Calgary Flames against the visiting Vancouver Canucks in the preseason opener for both teams, a 3-2 Flames win.

Rheault put three shots on goal (one, reportedly, requiring a big save late in the first period) and was whistled for tripping but was held scoreless.

Rheault, who finished last season with the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat, is vying to become the first Reign player to reach the NHL. Here are a couple pictures of Rheault in action last night.

Also of note: Seal Beach native Mitch Wahl picked up two assists for the Flames in the win. Wahl, a second-round 2008 draft pick by Calgary, is expected to turn pro this year after spending the last four seasons in the Western Hockey League.

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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.