Gasper Kopitar drawing rave reviews with ECHL’s Ontario Reign

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While Team Slovenia and older brother Anze continue to gather big headlines over at the Sochi Olympics, Gasper Kopitar is grinding his way through the ECHL. Once thought to be a likely member of the squad his native country would send to Russia, the younger Kopitar took a few months off earlier this year, preventing [...]

Gasper and Anze still setting people straight on the Kopitar Bros

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It’s easy for some to watch the above video clip and begin wondering if there’s another Slovenian Sniper on his way up through the LA Kings system. However, nothing could be further from the truth.
First off, Gasper Kopitar is signed to an ECHL-only deal with the Ontario Reign, so he’s not even Kings property. [...]

ECHL: Ontario Reign to wear special jerseys for Sunday game

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Last season, the Ontario Reign helped contribute over $500,000 to the community – the most in team history. And this weekend they’ll be back at it again.
Through their charitable branch, the Hope Reigns Foundation, the team raises money via a variety of different methods, including live jersey auctions.
For Sunday’s game against the visiting Florida Everblades, [...]

Berube leaning on Bernier, bringing his working shoes to Rookie Camp

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Kings prospect Martin Jones, the top goaltender in Manchester the past two seasons, hasn’t signed a new contract yet. In early July GM Dean Lombardi made qualifying offers to Jones and seven other Restricted Free Agents – including Kyle Clifford, Trevor Lewis and Jake Muzzin. Since then, everybody excluding Jones has inked a new deal.
On the [...]

2013 DevCamp Preview: Seven questions with Nick Ebert

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Nick Ebert is a prospect on the rise. Mark it down and take note.
As mentioned when we kicked off this year’s Development Camp Preview series, there will be at least two spots up for grabs in our next edition of the Kings Top Ten Prospect Rankings. Tyler Toffoli and Jake Muzzin both made the jump [...]

Mark Hardy links Doughty and a Kings prospect, plus talks future plans

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Monday afternoon at Moorpark Country Club, about an hour northwest of Staples Center, former Kings Jim Fox and Dave Taylor held their 25th annual charity golf tournament. Even though the two public faces of the event have long since been retired, both are still as popular as ever judging by the excited group of fans [...]

Reign win Game 3 in Idaho, take 2-1 series lead

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The Ontario Reign, ECHL affiliate of the LA Kings, continue to push ahead in the playoffs.
A pair of third period goals propelled the Reign to a 2-1 win over the Idaho Steelheads on Wednesday night, giving them a 2-1 lead in their second round playoff series.
Facing a 1-0 deficit heading into the third period for the third straight road playoff [...]

Mark Hardy and a pair of Kings prospects continue to push for more

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When Mark Hardy joined the Ontario Reign as an assistant coach in September 2011, it was a classic case of nobody knowing exactly what to expect – including Hardy himself.
A veteran of 900 NHL games on defense for the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings, and another 10 years behind the bench as an [...]

Kings’ prospects talk Game 1 loss, look to Game 2 with Reign

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For the Kings’ ECHL affiliate in Ontario, they’re hoping the third time continues to be the charm. After winning their division twice before and then being booted from the playoffs in the first round, the Reign wanted this year to be different. And so far, it had been.
They swept the Utah Grizzlies in four straight [...]

Reign enter uncharted waters against Steelheads in Round 2

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Last year, the Ontario Reign skated onto the ice at Citizens Business Bank Arena for a win-or-go-home Game 5 against the Idaho Steelheads in the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Idaho, who had 20 fewer points in the regular season, came out and handled the Reign from beginning to end, putting a sour note at the [...]