Weather Forecast: Reign, still cold and aggressive, but different!
After 7 seasons as the ECHL’s Ontario Reign, league, logo, competition and atmosphere will be changing. Starting in the fall of 2015, the Ontario Reign, affiliates of the NHL’s L.A. Kings, will be moving to the AHL (Triple AAA equivalent). In the days following the February 11th unveiling of the new logo, a very 90’s-esque take on what was the L.A. Kings ‘Gretzky’ crest, the reactions from fans have been mixed.
But you have to remember the reason for the change. For years, the Kings would send there best talent to Manchester, New Hampshire, to compete against the best youth the NHL had to offer! Beings that the most competitive Hockey on the West Coast was the ECHL (Double AA equivalent), they had no choice. In addition, veteran superstars in need of a rehab assignment or attitude adjustment would be sent 3,000+ miles. Incredibly inefficient!
In 2015-16, the Kings will be able to send their players 40 miles out interstate 10, with the same color pants and socks already to go! Developing, rehabbing and getting players ready for the NHL will be quick and easy! …And the rest of the Western Conference of the NHL is paying attention! The Sharks, Ducks, Coyotes and Oilers are climbing aboard the cost saving train! You can be sure that Vancouver, Colorado and Dallas won’t be far behind!
As for the Reign and their history with the Orange and Blue… You can bet there will be ample opportunities for throw back night. And if the Reign brass are on their game, which Im sure they are, The Dark Night and Blaze the Dragon will still be menacing the terraces and harassing the opposition. However, look for theme to take a more sinister blacked out look as the primary colors shift! Like hockey ninjas, you can count on the Reign mascots keeping ‘The Bank’ crowd entertained!
LETS GO REIGN!