With another AHL season about to begin on Friday night, excitement is plentiful in Ontario today. Coming off a year in which the Reign posted an all-time best power play and saw more than a dozen of their players get NHL games with the Kings, the entire organization is hungry for more. Finishing second in the Pacific Division and exiting the Calder Cup playoffs early wasn’t what anybody had in mind last May.
Now, armed with a fresh batch of LA Kings prospects, coupled with a nucleus of returning players, first-year head coach Marco Sturm is ready to lead the Reign toward greater success.
Kicking things off will be a home game against the visiting Abbotsford Canucks – a team Ontario did well against early last year, before ultimately settling for a 3-3-0-2 record in 2021-22.
ONTARIO REIGN PROJECTED LINEUP vs. ABBOTSFORD CANUCKS
Andersson – Tynan – Fagemo
Quine – Kupari – Wagner
Dudas – Thomas – Ward
Thompson– Helenius – Doty
Gaunce – Grans
Björnfot – Spence
Moverare – Bisson
Healthy scratches: Chromiak, Kemp, Inamoto
Injury / Illness: Allard, Lee, Madden, Nousiainen
Unavailable: Turcotte (see below)
A few intermission updates…
Look for the Ontario Reign to name a new captain tomorrow, in advance of their season opener.
TJ Tynan is 6/5 favorite.
Gaunce has 3-to-1 odds.
If GM Rich Seeley or coach Marco Sturm seek my input before then, it's simple — Akil Thomas.
— The Mayor (@mayorNHL) October 14, 2022
Puck drop is scheduled for 7pm PST tonight and the game can be viewed on AHL TV.
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