Hockey Operations

Richard Seeley, General Manager

Richard Seeley - CUT.jpgSeeley, 39 joins the Ontario Reign for his first season as the team's General Manager after he spent the past three years as Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations of the ECHL's Manchester Monarchs.

With Manchester, Seeley composed a record of 117-73-26 and qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of his three seasons. Seeley's Monarchs went 3-3 in the postseason, including a run to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2017.

As a player, Seeley was originally selected by the Kings in the sixth-round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Seeley played in over 500 games during his professional playing career, which spanned two leagues in North America and three in Europe. The Powell River, BC native appeared in 340 games in the Kings system and served as captain of the AHL's Manchester Monarchs during the 2003-04 and 2005-06 seasons. 

Mike Stothers, Head Coach

Mike Stothers - Staff.jpgMike Stothers has 30-plus years of professional hockey experience as both a player and coach and led the American Hockey League's Manchester Monarchs to their first Calder Cup Championship in his first season as head coach, finishing the regular season with an impressive 50-17-9 record and earning the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL Coach of the Year. Prior to the Monarchs, Stothers served as head coach of the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League for three seasons (2011-14).

Before that, he also served as a head coach – under then General Manager and current Kings Vice President of Hockey Operations and Director of Player Personnel Michael Futa –in the Ontario Hockey League with the Owen Sound Attack (2002-07). Stothers was also a head coach in the AHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins (2007-08), and as an assistant coach in the NHL with the Atlanta Thrashers (2010-11) and the Philadelphia Flyers (2000-02). He was a member of the Flyers coaching staff when Head Coach Bill Barber was named NHL Coach of the Year in 2001, and he was the head coach in Grand Rapids when the parent-club Detroit Red Wings – coached by Mike Babcock – won the 2008 Stanley Cup. Stothers worked as part of Babcock’s staff during the playoffs that season.

Stothers’ coaching career began during the 1991-92 season when he served as a player/assistant coach with the AHL’s Hershey Bears. He became a full-time assistant with the Bears in 1994 and stayed with the Bears in that same role through the 1995-96 season. From there, he took an assistant coaching position with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL and remained with the Phantoms for four seasons (1996-00) until taking an assistant coaching role with the parent club Flyers prior to the 2000-01 season. The Phantoms won the AHL’s Calder Cup in 1998 with Stothers as an assistant coach there.

As a player, Stothers, a Toronto-born defenseman who was selected in the first round (21st overall) by the Flyers at the 1980 NHL Draft, played in the NHL for both the Flyers and his hometown Maple Leafs. In 30 career NHL regular season games over parts of four seasons (1984-88), he totaled two points (0-2=2) and 65 penalty minutes. Stothers also appeared in five career postseason games during his NHL career, and he skated with the Flyers in the 1987 Stanley Cup Final.

A veteran of 672 regular season games in the AHL with the Maine Mariners (1981-84), Hershey (1984-88 and 1988-92) and the New Market Saints (1987-88), Stothers played in the Calder Cup Final in 1983 with the Mariners, and then won the Calder Cup with the Mariners the following year (1984). He collected 144 points (38-106=144) and 1,840 penalty minutes during his 11-year AHL career and added another eight points (0-8=8) and 197 penalty minutes in 70 career AHL postseason games.

David Bell, Assistant Coach

David Bell - Staff.jpgBell was named the assistant coach of the Reign on July 25, 2017 and re-connects with Reign Head Coach Mike Stothers after serving as Stothers’ assistant in Owen Sound (OHL) from 2004-2007. Los Angeles Kings Assistant General Manager Michael Futa was also in Owen Sound with Stothers and Bell and served as General Manager from 2002-2007.

During the 2016-17 season, Bell served as Head Coach of the Niagara IceDogs (OHL) and reached the postseason after standing as an assistant with the organization the previous three seasons. The Wiarton, Ontario, native brings AHL experience to the Reign after serving as an assistant with the Springfield Falcons from 2007-2009.

As player, Bell skated six seasons in the pro ranks including 60 AHL games from 1999 - 2002 with Springfield, Portland and Saint John. The then defenseman totaled two goals and an assist for three points in the AHL. In 235 ECHL games, Bell amassed 70 points (18 goals, 52 assists) and helped Greenville capture a Kelly Cup title in 2002.

Jaroslav Modry, Assistant Coach

Jaroslav Modry - Staff.jpgModry joined the Ontario Reign in 2017 for his first coaching position at the professional level. Modry was a 20-year veteran of professional hockey and skated in 725 games in the NHL. The former defenseman totaled 250 points (49 goals, 201 assists) throughout his NHL career and was a member of the Kings organization for parts of 10 seasons. Modry had his finest statistical season in 2001-02 as he amassed 42 points (4-38-42) and represented the Kings at the 2002 NHL All-Star Game. 

At the AHL level, Modry helped the Albany River Rats claim a Calder Cup Championship in 1995, his final season in the AHL. Following his playing career, the Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic native served as a volunteer assistant coach with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) during the 2011-12 season and stood as the head coach of the AAA level Troy Albany Titans Youth Hockey League.

Modry has also coached in the Jr. Kings "AAA" program and led the 16-U team to a California Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) state title in 2017.

Patrick Dolan, Video Coach

2017-18 REIGN Staff-28.jpgPatrick is in his second season with the Reign as Video Coach. He comes to the Reign after serving as the Director of Hockey Operations for the Chicago Steel in the USHL for the 2016-2017 season. Patrick was a member of the coaching staff that saw the Steel return to the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons and win the organization's first ever Clark Cup Championship. Patrick handled all team video and statistical tracking needs along with all team travel requirements.

Prior to that, the Fort Collins, Colorado native spent two seasons as a video coordinator within the Arizona Coyotes organization working on the coaching staffs of their two AHL affiliates, the Portland Pirates (2014-2015) and the Springfield Falcons (2015-2016).

Patrick is a 2014 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College (located in Saint Peter, Minnesota) where he earned a bachelor's degree in Business Management and a minor in Coaching.

Jeff Andrews, Head Athletic Trainer

2017-18 REIGN Staff-27.jpgAndrews is in his second season with Reign as Head Athletic Trainer. He comes to the Reign from the  Binghamton Senators, former AHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators, where he held the same position of Head Athletic Trainer since 2013. Andrews was also the Head Athletic Trainer with the ECHL's Elmira Jackals for two seasons from 2011 - 2013.  

Andrews is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society (PHATS), and Active Release Techniques (ART) and is also licensed in the State of New York. Andrews also has clinical experience as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Elmira College, and Cayuga Medical Center Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance. 

A former student-athlete, Andrews was a four-year lacrosse player at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y., where he earned his bachelor's degree in athletic training, exercise science in 2007. Andrews also has a master's degree in health service management from Elmira College in 2009. 

Luke Eichas, Head Equipment Manager

Luke Eichas - Staff.jpg

The 2018-19 season will be Luke's first full season as the Head Equipment Manager for the Reign after he took on the position during the 2017-18 season. Eichas originally joined the Reign as the Assistant Equipment Manager before he was promoted to the head position.

Eichas joined the Reign organization from the AHL's Stockton Heat, where he served as the team's Assistant Equipment Manager for two seasons from their inaugural season in 2015 through 2017.  

Previously, Eichas worked four years at Locker Room Sports in Rochester, New York, where he managed multiple sheets of ice and a pro shop location. Additionally, Eichas has experience as a dressing room intern with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.

Brett Billbe, Strength & Conditioning Coach

Brett Billbe is currently in his eighth season as a member of the Ontario Reign organization. Billbe served as Conditioning Coach of the ECHL version of the Reign from 2011 - 2015 and has served in his present role as Strength & Conditioning Coach from 2015 through the present with the AHL team. 

Prior to joining the Reign, Billbe worked with the University of Oklahoma from 2009 - 2011. Billbe is also the founder and head strength coach for LiftSmart Performance, where he has been working with elite athletes for the past seven years. His experience ranges from working with youth at the LA Kings' Kids Camp to working with collegiate and professional athletes, including Olympians. Brett has been working with competitive hockey teams for the past nine years and has trained numerous other athletes from volleyball to snowboarders. 

Chris McBride, Assistant Athletic Trainer

Chris McBride - UPDATED.JPGChris McBride has been with the AHL version of the Ontario Reign since its inception in 2015. McBride joined the Reign organization, then in the ECHL, in 2014 as an Athletic Training student before he joined the team in a full-time capacity as the Assistant Athletic Trainer in 2015. 

Prior to joining the Reign, McBride gained experience as a student with Disney & ESPN Media Networks, California Baptist University, the University of Redlands, the University of California, Riverside, Santa Barbara City College and California State University, Northridge, where he served as the Student, Strength & Conditioning Coach.

McBride graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science and went on to earn his Master's Degree in Athletic Training from California Baptist University in 2015.

Jonathan Villa, Assistant Equipment Manager

Jonathan Villa - UPDATED.JPGCurrent Assistant Equipment Manager Jonathan Villa joined the Ontario Reign in 2015 as member of the equipment staff. Villa served as an Equipment Assistant with the Reign for two seasons and became the Assistant Equipment Manager during the 2017-18 season. 

Villa has been a member of the Los Angeles Kings organization since 2012 as a part of the Kings' Chariot Staff in El Segundo. The Chariot Program is an extension of the Kings Hockey Development staff that serves as a branch between the team and the community.

Villa originally graduated from East Los Angeles College in 2015 with a degree in Business Management. 

Dane Skinner, Massage Therapist

Dane Skinner has served as the massage therapist for the Ontario Reign since 2016 and is now in his third season with the hockey club. Skinner is a licensed massage therapist and graduated from Everest College in Ontario, Canada with an Associate of Arts in Massage Therapy / Theraputic Massage.