Training camp will be closed to the public.

In case there hasn’t been enough change around the Ontario Reign, here’s one more: Training camp will be closed to the public this year.

Players are due to report Wednesday for physicals and on-ice activities are scheduled to begin Friday at Citizens Business Bank Arena. The first three camps were conducted (at least in part) at Center Ice Arena on Plum Street in the old “downtown” Ontario.

If you’ve ever skated at Center Ice Arena, you’ll know the quality of ice is not as high as that of CBBA. Plus, players probably won’t mind not having to pack their equipment into their cars, and drive four miles each way just to do on-ice conditioning and drills.

While I wait for the official explanation for the move, I’m curious to know from fans: Would you rather get your first look at the team running drills at Center Ice Arena? Or would you rather know they’re tucked away in their own rink on the better ice surface?

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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.
  • SpreignedAnkle

    I’d rather have a combination of both; hold camp on the high-quality home ice, but allow it to be open to the public.

    Logistically, I don’t know how that’d work, but just sayin’…

  • Tom

    I feel the same way as the previous poster. If it’s truly an option to have the better ice surface, so be it.

  • Andrew Cowdery Sr.

    The more time you can spend on your home ice the better it is for you.

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