C.J. Stretch gets training camp invite from Kings.

Reign center C.J. Stretch will join the Kings’ main training camp on a pro tryout contract. The camp begins Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.

Stretch had nine goals and 21 points in 46 games with the Reign last season, his first full pro season after five years in the Western Hockey League. The 22-year-old center is an alumnus of the California Wave program. He was invited to the Sharks’ rookie camp in 2009, but hadn’t gotten a look from any NHL teams since.

Reign defenseman Jordan Hill was expected to be at the Kings’ camp too, but will be home in Canada recuperating from off-season hip surgery during the month of September.

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  • Bob

    What does this mean for CJ on the Reign Roster?
    Wouldthe Kings sign him to a longer contract and move him to the Monarchs?

    I havent seen Hills name on the roster, will he be playing for the Reign or the Monarchs?

  • J.P. Hoornstra

    Can’t predict the future, but based on how these things have shaken down in the past, here’s how I’d answer your questions:

    – C.J. is under contract to the Reign. If he plays in the ECHL this season, it will be with the Reign.
    – He’s not under contract to the Kings right now, and the odds of him getting an NHL standard player contract are quite slim. The odds of him getting a mid-season call-up increase *if* he impresses the Monarchs’ head coach, Mark Morris, at the training camp.
    – Hill accepted the Reign’s qualifying offer and, like C.J., if he plays in the ECHL this year it will be with the Reign.

  • Bob

    Thanks JP,

    Im not up on how the league works with the contracts.
    Was just wondering if CJ had a chance for a longer term contract for more money.

    Hes seems to be a good guy, hope for the best for him.

    Thank you for the information on the Reign, is is very much appreciated.


  • J.P. Hoornstra

    ECHL and AHL contracts are all one-year deals. I’ll be talking to CJ later this afternoon.

  • Don Edwards

    We have been gone, so just read your release.
    We have seen a few Reign games and were impressed with C.J.’s stick handling and also the time when an opponent blind sided his roommate behind the goal and C.J. took off after him and it ended in a fight near mid ice. He’s going to be all right.