November 29, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kevin Slusarski, Ontario Reign PR Intern
Phone: (909) 941-7825
Darcy Kuemper Promoted to AHL
Minnesota Wild Assign Goaltender to Houston Aeros
ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, announced that rookie goaltender Darcy Kuemper, who’s been on loan to the Reign from the Minnesota Wild organization, has been reassigned to the Wild’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Houston Aeros.
Kuemper, 21, has a 7-1-0 record with the Reign this season and leads the ECHL with a 1.74 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage. He’s held opponents to two or fewer goals in seven of his eight starts.
The 6-foot-4 netminder stopped nine of eleven Stockton shootout attempts to win his Reign debut, 3-2. He won five consecutive games to begin the season before absorbing his first loss, 3-1, to the Thunder on November 19.
Drafted in the sixth round (161st overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native went 2-1-0 in a brief four-game call up to the Aeros at the end of the 2009-10 season.
Last season, as a member of the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels (major junior hockey), Kuemper led all WHL goaltenders in wins (45), goals-against average (1.86), and save percentage (.933). His 13 shutouts tied the WHL record. At the Canadian Hockey League’s 2010-11 Awards Banquet, Kuemper took home the PertPLUS Goaltender of the Year Award.
Kuemper appeared in 178 WHL contests over three seasons with the Red Deer Rebels, posting a 94-60-17 record with 19 shutouts, a 2.48 goals-against average and a save percentage of .914.
The Stockton Thunder come to Ontario on Wednesday, November 30th for the first of three games this week between the Reign and Thunder. Wednesday's home game is a $5 Ticket Oporto Fresh-Grilled Chicken Wednesday. Go to any Oporto Fresh-Grilled Chicken Burgers location (Ontario & Rancho Cucamonga) and pick up your ticket $5 vouchers (no purchase necessary, limit 4 vouchers per person).
The Reign travel to Stockton Friday for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Thunder at Stockton Arena, then return to Citizens Business Bank Arena Sunday to complete the three-game series. The puck drops at 5 p.m. for Sunday's contest.
Holiday plans (four games) are on sale now, call us today for more information! Call (909) 941-PUCK (7825) or visit us on the web at www.ontarioreign.com.