Talking tough guys, and a few notes.

Tomorrow’s story will focus on Chris Cloud and Shayne Neigum, who are vying to become the Reign’s next enforcer. The job officially became up for grabs when James McEwan signed with the South Carolina Stingrays, and head coach Jason Christie said he might keep both Cloud and Neigum on the opening-day roster.

Here’s something you might not have known about Cloud:

A couple other notes from practice:

  • A noticeably slim Jase Weslosky said he lost about 10 pounds this summer.
  • Adrian van de Mosselaer has mononucleosis, according to Christie.
  • Christie isn’t looking at potential line combinations yet: “We haven’t really — just one skate (Friday). It really won’t take, I think, until the exhibition game, until you see guys jelling together.”
  • The morning on-ice session featured very little instruction, not a lot of time at the whiteboard, and a lot of uptempo skating. “I like the tempo,” Christie said. “I like how guys were skating, making plays. It’s just a matter of just making sure we run a high tempo and guys are working hard.”
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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.