Hockey Operations

Michael Futa, General Manager

Futa, Michael 002.jpgMichael Futa is in his 11th full season with the Kings and first as the club’s Assistant General Manager after spending the three previous seasons as Vice President, Hockey Operations and Director of Player Personnel.  He also serves as the General Manager of the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League.  

Futa was named to his current position on April 12, 2017.  He initially joined the Kings as Director of Amateur Scouting, a position he assumed on June 5, 2007.  He also has held the title of Co-Director of Amateur Scouting along with Mark Yannetti.

Upon joining the Kings, Futa and Yannetti together helped rebuild and retool the entire Kings Amateur Scouting staff.  Under Futa and Yannetti’s guidance, the Amateur Scouting staff has been responsible for building the Kings stable of top prospects which includes current Kings Drew Doughty, Kyle Clifford, Alec Martinez and Jordan Nolan – all members of the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup Championship teams – as well as Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson, and former Kings Wayne Simmonds, Dwight King, Andrei Loktionov, Linden Vey, Andrew Campbell and Brayden SchennJake Muzzin was also signed as a free agent by the Kings after the Amateur Scouting staff identified him as a top prospect.

Futa came to the Kings after five successful seasons as General Manager of the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), where he was named OHL Executive of the Year in 2005.  The Attack advanced to the post-season in all five seasons with Futa at the helm, and high profile players like Trevor Lewis (17th overall, 2006 NHL Entry Draft) and Simmonds (second round, 61st overall, 2007 NHL Entry Draft) played for Owen Sound during Futa’s tenure there.  Futa has also served as Director of Team Ontario’s Under-17 program for three seasons, and his Under-17 team won the gold medal at the Canada Games in 2007.

Prior to his time with the Attack, Futa served as both an Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager with the Oshawa Generals (OHL) for two seasons (1999-01).  The native of Toronto also served first as an Assistant Coach and then as a Head Coach of Toronto St. Michael’s Majors (OHL) from 1997-00.  Prior to that, he served as Head Coach and General Manager of the St. Michael’s Buzzers (Provincial Junior “A”).    

Before turning to the coaching ranks, Futa played four seasons of professional hockey in Europe (two seasons in Germany and two seasons in Denmark).  The former left wing also captained his team at York University, where he was also honored as the student who best combined academics and athletics at the school during his senior season. 

Michael, 49 (10/28/67), splits his time living in both Manhattan Beach and the greater Toronto-area.  He has three daughters: Hunter and twins Carmen and Devon.

Hubie McDonough, Director of Hockey Operations

2015-16 Hubie McDonough.jpgHubie McDonough is in his first season with the Reign after serving as the Director of Hockey Operations with the LA Kings' AHL affiliation in Manchester, New Hampshire since 2001.

Before joining the Kings organization, McDonough served as an assistant coach and Director of Hockey Operations with the Orlando Solar Bears in the IHL and helped the Solar Bears capture a Turner Cup Championship in the final season of the league (2000-01).

Prior to moving behind the bench, McDonough skated a 14-year professional career in the NHL, AHL and IHL including two seasons with the Kings (1988-90),

Career Stats

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 last season 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

Trevor Simpson, Equipment Manager

2016-17 Trevor Simpson.jpgTrevor is in his third season with the Reign as Head Equipment Manager after serving as the Assistant Equipment Manager with the LA Kings' AHL affiliate in Manchester the last five seasons.

Before joining the Kings organization, the Manchester native served as the Equipment Manager for the women's hockey team at Syracuse University.

Trevor is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire where he was a student intern with the hockey team and earned a degree in Sports Studies with a minor in Business Management.

Patrick Dolan, Video Coach

Patrick 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.