Happy Monday, Insiders!
There is LA Kings hockey this week……I repeat, there’s LA Kings hockey THIS WEEK!
The inexperienced persons hit the ice in a couple of days right here in El Segundo, ahead of departing for San Jose to participate within the 2022 Rookie Faceoff starting on Friday. Before we get into that, on the other hand, recapping a tale from over the weekend, when the Ontario Reign introduced a couple of updates referring to their coaching staff for the 2022-23 season.
Reign Announce Coaching Staff Updates
The Ontario Reign made a press release on Friday with 3 coaching “transactions” if you’ll, all impacting the AHL staff heading into this season.
The maximum notable transfer was once the promotion of Brad Schuler from Video Coach to Assistant Coach, becoming a member of Marco Sturm’s staff for the impending season. Schuler began with Ontario within the video coaching place again in 2019, serving in that capability for 3 seasons, via ultimate yr formally. When the Reign staff underwent a midseason transformation, because of John Wroblewski’s non-public absence, Schuler stepped at the back of the bench for the rest of the season along assistant coaches Chris Hajt and Craig Johnson. With Johnson now a member of the Anaheim Ducks group, Schuler joins Hajt as a permenant assistant trainer on Sturm’s staff.
“We are excited to have Brad build off the work he did in a more hands-on role last season,” Ontario Reign General Manager Richard Seeley mentioned. “He has a great rapport with our coaching staff and will continue to be part of our goal to develop players for the NHL and win hockey games.”
Schuler has been operating with Kings potentialities and Reign gamers in an on-ice capability for the easier a part of two seasons now, along with his paintings at the video aspect, in addition to ultimate season at the bench right through video games. Schuler additionally has a season of coaching revel in as an assistant trainer with the ECHL’s Manchester Monarchs right through the 2018-19 season, as he helped lead the staff to the second one spherical of the 2019 Kelly Cup Playoffs.
The New Jersey local was once additionally an assistant trainer within the NCAA ranks on the University of Maine right through the 2017-18 season and served in the similar function for 2 seasons at Middlebury College. As a participant, Schuler performed professionally with the CHL’s Denver Cutthroats and the SPHL’s Huntsville Havoc following a four-season occupation at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Ontario additionally introduced the additions of Cole Lussier, who will exchange Schuler because the Video Coach and Team Services Specialist, in addition to Andre Carere, who has been employed as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.
From the Reign –
Lussier, 25, involves Ontario from the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), the place he served as a Video Coach & Administrative Assistant right through the 2021-22 season. A local of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Lussier performed hockey on the collegiate degree for Trine University and later won a pre-law level from Michigan State University.
Carere spent the 2021-22 season with the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds as a Strength and Conditioning Intern, the place he was once a part of the gang that made a run to the 2022 Calder Cup Finals. He lately finished his grasp’s level in Strength and Conditioning from Springfield College the place he additionally served as a Graduate Assistant with the college’s athletic division.
Carere’s different earlier revel in contains time as an intern with the Calgary Flames, the College of Holy Cross and McMaster University. He won his undergraduate level in Kinesiology from Brock University in 2017.
AHL Preseason Date Unveiled
The AHL introduced the league’s preseason schedule Tuesday, which is composed of only a unmarried date for the Ontario Reign. Ontario can have it’s lone exhibition day out on Saturday, Oct. 8 in San Diego, six days ahead of the staff opens the common season at house on Oct. 14.
Much of the Reign roster might be at the ice within the coming weeks as a part of the Kings’ coaching camp and might see recreation motion right through the NHL preseason. Ontario is scheduled to open its personal camp the week of Oct. 3 and can have just below two weeks to organize for its opener.
As we centered all of our consideration right here in opposition to on-ice information, the LA Kings made some large strides off the ice on Saturday as smartly, with the yearly 5K tournament held in Redondo Beach.
Several Kings gamers joined Daryl Evans and a ton of Kings enthusiasts for the yearly run/stroll, with all fundraising in improve of the Kings Care Foundation. A couple of footage from the development underneath –
Looking forward, the inexperienced persons hit the ice right here in El Segundo on Thursday morning, with an eye fixed in opposition to Game 1 as opposed to Colorado on Friday. I’ll be away right through the event for a circle of relatives marriage ceremony, however the Ontario duo of Josh Schaefer and Jared Shafran can have you coated right here on LAKI all the way through the process the weekend’s festivities.