Hockey Operations

Richard Seeley, General Manager

Seeley, 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. Originally selected by the Kings in the sixth-round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Seeley’s teams in Manchester posted a winning record each season with him behind the bench.  

Mike Stothers, Head Coach

2015-16 Mike Stothers.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

GettyImages-611678254.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.

Last 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 with Springfield, Portland and Saint John totaling two goals and an assist for three points. In 235 ECHL games, he totaled 70 points (18 goals, 52 assists) and helped Greenville capture a Kelly Cup title in 2002.

Jaroslav Modry, Assistant Coach

A 15-year NHL veteran, Modry totaled 250 points (49 goals, 201 assists) in 725 games and skated nine seasons with the Kings. In the AHL, he helped the Albany River Rats claim a Calder Cup Championship in 1995. 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 Alby Titans Youth Hockey League.

Modry actively coaches the Jr. Kings 16U AAA Minor team that he led to a California Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) state title and guides the Jr. Kings Pee Wee AAA Major team.

 

Jeff Andrews, Head Athletic Trainer

2017-18 REIGN Staff-27.jpgAndrews is in his first season with Reign as Head Athletic Trainer. He comes to the Reign after being with the Ottawa Senators AHL affiliate Binghamton Senators where he held the same position of Head Athletic Trainer since 2013. 

Before joining the Senators organization Andrews was the Head Athletic Trainer with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL for the 11-12, 12-13 seasons.

Andrews handles all the medical needs for the Ontario Reign throughout the year. He also supervises and coordinates all rehabilitative efforts in case of injury.

A certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society (PHATS), and Active Release Techniques (ART). Andrews is also Licensed in the State of New York.

Along the way, Andrews has also gained clinical experience throughout the state of New York as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Elmira College, and Cayuga Medical Center Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance.

A former student-athlete himself, Andrews was a four-year lacrosse player at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y., where he ultimately earned his bachelor's degree in athletic training, exercise science in 2007.

From Alfred, Andrews went 75 miles east to Elmira College in Elmira, New York where he successfully worked toward and obtained his master's degree in health service management in 2009.

Luke Eichas, Head Equipment Manager

Patrick Dolan, Video Coach

2017-18 REIGN Staff-28.jpgPatrick is in his first 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 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College (Saint Peter, Minnesota) where he earned a bachelor's degree in Business Management and a minor in Coaching.

Brett Billbe, Strength & Conditioning Coach

Chris McBride, Assistant Athletic Trainer

Jonathan Villa, Assistant Equipment Manager

Dane Skinner, Massage Therapist