Flames assign Rheault to AHL.

Former Reign forward Jon Rheault is heading back to the American Hockey League after he was cut from the Calgary Flames’ training camp late Sunday. Rheault, who spent parts of his first two professional seasons with the Reign, had one goal and four penalty minutes in five preseason games with the Flames.

His reaction, from Monday’s Calgary Sun:

“It’s not a good feeling to be sent down, no matter from where,” said
Rheault, who played for four different minor-league teams last season.
“Unfortunately, I’ve had a lot of experience with that.”

Looking at the positives, Rheault has come a long way from Providence College and an uncertain hockey future.

“If you said to me five months ago that I’d be one of the last cuts
at an NHL camp, I wouldn’t have believed it,” he said. “I can definitely
taste the NHL and see it.”

In other Reign alumni news, Geoff Walker is one of three players battling for six forward positions with the Wilkes-Barre Penguins, Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate.

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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.