Ontario, CA – The Ontario Reign, proud American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL), announced today that forwards Adrian Kempe, Jonny Brodzinski and defenseman Paul LaDue have been reassigned to the team by the Kings. In a separate transaction, the Reign added goaltender Jonah Imoo.
The 23-year-old Brodzinski is a 6-1, 218-pound native of Ham Lake, Minnesota who appeared in six games with the Kings, tallying two points (two assists), a plus-2 rating and two penalty minutes. He appeared in his first NHL game, March 25 against the New York Rangers, and recorded his first NHL point (assist) as part of a two-point night (two assists), April 4 vs. Edmonton. Brodzinski appeared in 56 games earlier this season with Ontario, posting 47 points (25 goals, 22 assists), a plus-6 rating and 12 penalty minutes. At the time of his recall, Brodzinski ranked first on the team in goals, points and power play goals (9), and fourth on the team in assists.
The 20-year-old Kempe is a 6-2, 202-pound native of Kramfors, Sweden who appeared in 25 games for the Kings, recording six points (2 goals, four assists) and six penalty minutes. He appeared in his first NHL game, Feb. 16 vs. Arizona, tallied his first NHL points (assist), Feb. 21 at Colorado, and scored his first NHL goal, March 11 vs. Washington. Kempe appeared in 43 games earlier this season with Ontario, posting 19 points (11 goals, 8 assists) and 38 penalty minutes. At the time of his recall, Kempe ranked tied for second on the team in goals.
The 24-year-old LaDue is a 6-2, 201-pound native of Grand Forks, North Dakota, who appeared in 22 games for the Kings, registering eight points (8 assists) and four penalty minutes. He appeared in his first NHL game, Feb. 7 at Tampa Bay and tallied his first NHL point (assist), Feb. 9 at Florida. LaDue appeared in 37 games earlier this year with Ontario, posting 18 points (6 goals, 12 assists) and 26 penalty minutes. At the time of his recall 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 points and tied for second in power play goals (four; tied for 10th among all AHL defensemen).
Imoo, 23, dressed in two games with the Reign earlier this season going 0-0-1 with a 3.32 goals-against average and .872 save percentage. In 18 games with the Reign’s ECHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, the Surrey, British Columbia, native went 7-4-2 with a 3.33 goals-against average and .897 save percentage. Imoo also skated in five games with the Tulsa Oilers (ECHL) earning a 1-3-0 standing with a 2.65 GAA and .896 save percentage.
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