Reign Raise Money for the Animals

March charity night at the Reign

The Reign announced last week that the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley’s 6th annual jersey night sponsored will be on Saturday, March 14 at Citizens Business Bank Arena at 6 p.m.

The Reign will take on the Utah Grizzlies while wearing jerseys (above) designed by Matthew Seymour and Zachary Seymour. The game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off live immediately after the game to benefit Humane Society programs and animals in our community.

In addition Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water will donate one pallet of water to the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley for every goal scored by the Ontario Reign

Ontario Reign add Yorba Linda native Adam Brown for ECHL playoff push

As injuries and call-ups change a roster at the minor league level, teams often have to bring in players from the outside to fill the gaps.

For the Ontario Reign, the latest gap came at the goaltender position. With Jussi Olkinoura is up with the St. John’s Ice Caps and all-star Joe Cannata injured, the Reign were forced to find someone else to mind their net.

Enter Adam Brown.

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Let’s not forget the blue-and-orange Reign are still playing for glory

Columnist Lou Brewster would like to remind everyone that while the Reign’s future looks bright, the current version of the team is in the playoff hunt …

As the originals prepared for one of the handful of games remaining on the schedule, and possible careers, in two hours, the Ontario hockey torch was being passed in grand fashion two floors above.

It just didn’t seem possible, or fitting, we had reached such a point. Understandably, its about progress and a bright future, but weren’t we in the same position seven years ago? Yes, the Reign has a new back-and-silver logo and an adjusted path that will start in the fall, but let’s remember the orange-and-blue is still going strong, despite the concerns of its future.

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Ontario Reign unveil new logo, color scheme for AHL

When Wayne Gretzky was traded to Los Angeles in 1988, it launched a surge in the popularity of hockey in California.

What followed was the expansion the NHL to Anaheim and San Jose, as well as growth at the minor league and youth levels.

Now, some 27 years later, as the Ontario Reign transition from the ECHL to the American Hockey League, the team will pay tribute to the past — and its future as the Kings’ primary minor-league affiliate.

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Stanley Cup proves to be major attraction for Reign fans

Columnist Louis Brewster takes a look at the reaction to the Stanley Cup paying a visit to Citizens Business Bank Arena …

Why is the Stanley Cup so popular, even among non-hardcore hockey fans? Could it be because fans and touch, embrace and get pictures taken with it, like they did Friday night in Ontario at Citizens Business Bank Arena?

The average fan can’t do that with the trophies offered by the NFL, MLB or NBA. They may have history as well, but it’s been a tradition with the Stanley Cup and it’s been photographed in some weird places (including being mugged by Reign public address announcer Jeff Pope).

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Hockey’s Stanley Cup comes to Ontario Airport, Citizens Business Bank Arena

Fans lined up for a chance to see the Stanley Cup …

Four hours before the Stanley Cup was on display Friday at the LA/Ontario International Airport, Cassandra Duong was lined up with her family, eager to take her picture and show her support for hockey.

“This is the hardest achievement to ever get,” said Duong, an Ontario resident. “This is the hardest trophy to obtain. All the work and dedication that any hockey team has to go through to get this, it should be well respected.”

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Ontario Reign ready for a change from ECHL to AHL for next season

Via Bill Norris

On a cloudy Friday afternoon, the crowd outside Los Angeles/Ontario International Airport drove home the point:

Ontario is a hockey town.

As fans lined up to see the Stanley Cup, some of the final puzzle pieces were being put into place as the Kings and Reign announced that Los Angeles was taking full control of the Ontario franchise, and that it would become the team’s American Hockey League affiliate.

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It’s official: Kings, Ducks moving AHL franchises to Ontario, San Diego

LANG hockey writer Elliott teaford breaks down the NHL West Coast teams moving their AHL affiliates to California …

The American Hockey League’s California migration became official Thursday. The Kings will shift their top minor-league team from Manchester, N.H., to Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario and theDucks will move theirs from Norfolk, Va., to the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.

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Ontario Reign on a roll, may learn fate of next season soon

Via Bill Norris …

A little rest did the Ontario Reign some good after all.

The Reign returned to action after six days off by winning three of their last four games to head into the All-Star break tied for first in the Pacific Division with the Idaho Steelheads.

With the break for the All-Star game, the Reign will be off until Jan. 27, and won’t return to action at Citizens Business Bank Arena until Jan. 28.

And when they return to the ice in Ontario, the team’s future may become clearer, as Ontario’s long-speculated move to the American Hockey League is expected to become official at the AHL meetings Jan. 25.

And with it, a new era for Ontario hockey will begin.

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Reign bring back Cameron Burt

Just in from the Reign:

“The Ontario Reign announced today that Cameron Burt is back with the Reign for the third time.

“I’m really looking forward to playing in Ontario and taking another run at the Kelly Cup Championship with a strong team,” Burt said.

Burt, 26, made his professional debut with Ontario at the end of 2011-12 and returned for his full rookie campaign in 2012-13. The Detroit, MI native, a natural forward, stepped up and played defense last year, a position he had little experience in, only 30 games as a junior. Burt not only held his own at the blue line, but was a standout as the highest scoring defenseman for the Reign and second highest scoring rookie defenseman in the ECHL.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound skater earned 38 points (2g, 36a) in 61 games and finished the season with a plus-minus rating of +18. His impressive performance in 2012-13 earned Burt a spot on the All-ECHL Rookie team.

“Looking at this next season, I want to improve the physical side of my game and gain more experience playing with the veteran players that are on the team,” Burt said.