LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled defenseman Paul LaDue from the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League and placed defenseman Alec Martinez on injured reserve, retroactive to Oct. 3, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today. Martinez is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
The 24-year-old LaDue (born Sept. 6, 1992) is a 6-2, 201-pound native of Grand Forks, N.D. who made his NHL debut last season with the Kings, appearing in 22 games, posting eight points (0-8=8) and four penalty minutes. He also appeared in 38 games during his rookie season with the Ontario Reign (AHL), recording 18 points (6-12=18) and 28 penalty minutes. At the time of his Feb. 1 recall to the Kings he ranked tied for first in goals and third in assists among team defensemen. Among AHL rookie defensemen he ranked fifth in goals, tied for ninth in assists, tied for eighth in points and tied for second in power play goals (four; tied for ninth among all AHL defensemen).
A sixth-round (181st overall) selection of the Kings in the 2012 NHL Draft, LaDue played for three seasons at the University of North Dakota, playing in 123 games and posting 62 points (16-46=62), a plus-53 rating and 68 penalty minutes. He capped off his college career by helping North Dakota beat top-seeded Quinnipiac to win the 2016 NCAA National Championship.
Also, defenseman Chaz Reddekopp has reassigned to his junior hockey team, the Victoria Royals of the WHL.
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