The Ontario Reign have announced that Peter Budaj and Kevin Gravel have been called up by the Los Angeles Kings. Additionally, the Kings assigned defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to the Reign.
Ehrhoff, 33, brings 781 games of NHL experience to the Reign and has 10 points (2-8=10) in 40 games with the Kings this season. Over his 12-year NHL career, he has stockpiled 337 points (74-263=337) while skating with the San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins and Kings.
Budaj, 33, leads the AHL with a 1.58 goals-against average, 26 wins, eight shutouts, .935 save percentage and 2285 minutes played.
The native of Banska Bystrica, Slovakia stands fourth in the league with 862 saves and represented the Reign during the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic in Syracuse, New York.
Budaj skated nine seasons in the NHL from 2005-14 with the Colorado Avalanche and Montreal Canadiens. He is in his first season with the Kings organization.
Gravel, 23, earns his first NHL callup after registering 16 points (5-11=16) in 42 games with the Reign this season. During his rookie campaign last season, Gravel helped the Manchester Monarchs capture the 2015 Calder Cup Championship with 15 regular-season points (6-9=15) in 58 games and five points (0-5=5) in 19 Calder Cup Playoff games.