Mark Hardy talks about his desire to coach in Ontario

Following up on yesterday’s articles…
Reign President Justin Kemp said that former LA King Mark Hardy is on the short list of final candidates for the open head coaching position in Ontario (ECHL).
Here are some initial comments from a subsequent conversation I had with Hardy following my meeting with Kemp yesterday…
“I’d be honored to work for […]

Reign President – ‘Mark Hardy is on the short list of finalists’

Mark Hardy and Craig Johnson

Could former LA Kings Mark Hardy and Craig Johnson be on the verge of forming a coaching tandem in the ECHL?
According to Ontario Reign President Justin Kemp, Hardy is on the short list of finalists for the open head coaching slot – as he discusses in detail below.
Hardy, a former assistant […]

Many frustrations for Ontario Reign President Justin Kemp

The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings (that’s their slogan), have been in the news quite a bit lately.
First, there were grumblings they were looking to create an affiliation with a second NHL team. This wasn’t completely shocking news, as their team President, Justin Kemp, gently voiced his desire to get more […]

Confusion reigning between Kings and ECHL affiliate?

Being an ECHL affiliate to an NHL team isn’t quite as glamorous as it might seem on the surface.
The way hockey is structured, most top prospects are either playing major-junior in Canada – via the WHL, OHL and QMJHL – or are enrolled at an American University. Once the player is a little older, […]

Kings prospect JF Berube probably seeking new nickname

Since being drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft, goaltender JF Berube has seen his stock quietly rise.
This past season he posted some of the best numbers in the entire Quebec junior league – including 32 wins, a 2.60 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. […]

Manchester Monarchs: Gm1 Notes, Quotes, Schenn Update

Last night the Manchester Monarchs opened their 2011 AHL Playoff run with a 2-1 win over the Binghamton Senators.
They received goals from defenseman David Kolomatis and center Corey Elkins. Justin Azevedo, Jordan Nolan and Viatcheslav Voynov picked up assists. Jordan Weal was a healthy scratch and Tyler Toffoli managed just one shot in the game.
Game […]

Ontario Reign Coach on Poor Season – ‘It’s All On Me’

Last night was another sellout crowd at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena in Ontario. And on the ice, the Reign lost another game.
Wait…they won 3-1.
Losing has become such a frequent thing for the team this year it’s easy to assume it happened again. However, it didn’t. The goaltending – which has been a point of concern […]

Interview with Monarchs ‘Man of the Year’ Bud Holloway

Earlier this week, Bud Holloway scored his team-leading 26th goal of the season for the Manchester Monarchs.
While guys like Thomas Hickey (first round NHL draft pick), Viatcheslav Voynov (just announced as AHL Second Team All-Star) and Oscar Moller (currently up with the Kings) may get more press and attention, one things is clear…
Holloway has a special […]

Reminiscing with Westgarth’s Princeton Teammate

Daryl Marcoux is a 5’10” defenseman who played his college hockey at one of the finest learning institutions on the planet, Princeton University.
These days, he finds himself patrolling the blueline for the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder.
With no disrespect to Nick Diaz and his 209 pride, that’s not exactly a step up in the world.
Still, he’s ‘living […]

…And Now You’re Caught Up (2/14/2011)

Love is in the air today.
For those who are equally as passionate about freshly cut ice, hits in the corner, going five hole, penalty shots and hip checks – here are the ten stories to help catch you up on what’s been going on in the world of hockey.
This week’s notes include items on the […]