Hockey Operations

Richard Seeley, General Manager

Richard Seeley - CUT.jpgSeeley, 43 is in his fifth season with the Reign as the team's General Manager. Prior to joining Ontario, he spent 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 LA 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.

Marco Sturm, Head Coach

Marco Sturm Headshot web 200x250.jpgSturm was named the head coach of the Reign on June 17, 2022. He previously spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the LA Kings from 2018-22.

During 2021-22 Sturm helped the Kings earn their first playoff berth since 2017-18 with a third-place finish in the Pacific Division standings. The team’s 99-point regular-season total (44-27-11) was the sixth-most points earned by a Kings team in franchise history.

Prior to joining the Kings coaching staff, the Dingolfing, Germany native served as head coach and general manager for the German National Team from 2015-18. During that span, Sturm led his native Germany to unprecedented success, highlighted by a silver-medal finish at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Germany’s path to the gold-medal game started in 2016, where Sturm and Germany won an Olympic Qualifying Tournament to earn a place in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Then, at the tournament itself, Sturm guided Germany to playoff round victories over Sweden (quarterfinal) and Canada (semifinal) before falling to the Olympic Athletes from Russia in overtime of the gold-medal game. His coaching resume with Germany also featured a Deutschland Cup title in 2015 and a pair of quarterfinal appearances at the 2016 and 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship.

A veteran of 938 NHL games, Sturm registered 487 points (242-245=487), a career plus-59 rating and 446 penalty minutes over 14 NHL seasons. Originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the first round (21st overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Sturm went on to play for six different teams, including the Kings, Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers, Sharks, Vancouver Canucks and Washington Capitals.

Internationally, Sturm skated for Germany in three Olympic Winter Games (1998, 2002, 2010), one World Cup of Hockey (2004), four IIHF Men’s World Championships (1997, 2001, 2004, 2008), and two IIHF World Junior Championships (1995, 1996). In 44 appearances for the German National Team, he registered 21 points (13-8=21) and 46 penalty minutes.

Chris Hajt, Assistant Coach

Hajt Headshot 2015 web 200x250.jpgHajt, 43, is in his sixth season as an Assistant Coach with the Reign (2015-17, 2019-present). During the 2017-18 and 2018-19 campaigns, Hajt served as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres. He also spent one season as an assistant coach in the AHL with the Manchester Monarchs in 2014-15, where he was part of the 2015 Calder Cup Championship team. With Ontario, Hajt helped the Reign qualify for the playoffs in 2015, 2016 and 2022, reaching the Western Conference Finals in 2016.

The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native has more than 10 years of coaching experience throughout his career. Hajt was a part of the OHL’s Guelph Storm from 2008-14, as an assistant coach for six seasons and as the team’s assistant general manager for one, where he helped lead the Storm to the 2014 OHL Championship and a second-place finish at the 2014 Memorial Cup.

 

As a player, Hajt skated in 582 career professional games across six leagues, including six games in the National Hockey League with the Edmonton Oilers and Washington Capitals. The former blueliner appeared in 477 AHL games with Hamilton, Portland and Lowell and also had stints in the ECHL, DEL, Liiga and Serie A.

Brad Schuler, Assistant Coach

Schuler web 200x250.jpgSchuler is in his fourth season with the Reign and was promoted to the role of Assistant Coach prior to the 2022-23 season. The Delran, NJ native joined the team in 2019, coming to California after spending the 2018-19 season as an assistant coach with the ECHL’s Manchester Monarchs.

 

He was also an Assistant Coach at the University of Maine during the 2017-18 season and served in the same role for two seasons at Middlebury College. As a player, Schuler played professionally with the CHL’s Denver Cutthroats and the SPHL’s Huntsville Havoc following a four-season career at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Matt Millar, Goaltending Development Coach

Millar web 200x250.jpgMillar joined the Reign organization prior to the 2019-20 season from the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL. Millar was hired by Dubuque in 2013 as the team's goalie coach and director of hockey operations, and was promoted to assistant coach in 2017. In his six years with the Fighting Saints, the team qualified for the playoffs each season, winning at least one playoff series each year, including an appearance in the Clark Cup Finals in 2016.

 

The El Segundo, CA native has worked extensively with USA Hockey, serving as an assistant coach at the Five Nations Tournament in 2016 and the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in 2017. His resume also includes scouting positions with the United States National Team Development Program and the NHL's Arizona Coyotes. A former netminder at Division-III Bethel University in Minnesota, Millar returned to his alma mater as goaltending coach in 2005, helping lead the club to an MIAC regular season and league championship in 2007.

 

Millar was no stranger to the LA Kings organization, having previously worked at Kings Development Camp for five years alongside goaltending coach Bill Ranford. Millar also has family ties to the organization - his father, Peter, served as the equipment manager for the Kings from 1989-2006.

Cole Lussier, Video Coach

Lussier web 200x250.jpgLussier joined the Reign as the team's video coach prior to the 2022-23 season. The Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. native comes to Ontario from the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) where he served as a Video Coach & Administrative Assistant during the 2021-22 season.

 

Lussier played hockey at the collegiate level for Trine University and later received a pre-law degree from Michigan State University.

Luke Eichas, Head Equipment Manager

Luke Eichas - Staff.jpgEichas is in his fifth season as the Reign's Head Equipment Manager after taking on the position during the 2017-18 campaign. The Rochester, NY native originally joined Ontario as the team's Assistant Equipment Manager before he was promoted to the head position.

Prior to joining the Reign, Eichas served as the Assistant Equipment Manager for the AHL's Stockton Heat for two seasons from 2015 through 2017.

Previously, Eichas worked four years at Locker Room Sports in Rochester, where he managed multiple sheets of ice and a pro shop location. He also has experience as a dressing room intern with the AHL's Rochester Americans.

Aisha Visram, Head Athletic Trainer

Aisha Visram Reign Headshot 300x400.jpgVisram joined the Reign in 2021 from the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder, where she spent three seasons as the team’s athletic trainer. With Adirondack, Visram was the team’s lead trainer from 2017-2020, working with prospects from the New Jersey and Tampa Bay organizations. Visram was the ECHL’s Eastern Conference representative on the ECHL Athletic Trainers Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining the Thunder, Visram worked as an athletic trainer at St. Lawrence University from 2012-17. While at St. Lawrence, she worked with both the men’s and women’s hockey teams, as well as a variety of other sports in the athletics program.

Andre Carere, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

andre carere headshot 200x250.jpgAndre Carere joined the Reign staff as the team's Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the start of the 2022-23 season. He previously spent the 2021-22 year with the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds as a Strength and Conditioning Intern, where he was part of the group that made a run to the 2022 Calder Cup Finals.

 

Carere completed his master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning from Springfield College where he also served as a Graduate Assistant with the school’s athletic department. His other previous experience includes time as an intern with the Calgary Flames, the College of Holy Cross and McMaster University. Carere received his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Brock University in 2017.

Andrew Oddy, Assistant Athletic Trainer

Andrew Oddy Reign Headshot 300x400.jpgAndrew Oddy joined the Reign prior to the 2021-22 season as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. A native of Hudson, QC, Oddy previously spent five seasons with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) from 2016-21.

Oddy completed his studies at Concordia University where he earned a degree in athletic therapy.

Justin Penna, Assistant Equipment Manager

Justin Penna Reign Headshot 300x400 screen.jpgJustin Penna joined the Reign prior to the 2021-22 season as an Assistant Equipment Manager. A native of Saugus, CA, Penna was previously the Asst AD, Equipment Services at Western Michigan University where he worked primarily with the school's men's hockey program.

Penna joined the Western Michigan Athletics staff as an equipment manager in September of 2015 after graduating from WMU in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in athletic training. He also earned his master's degree in business administration in 2020.

Penna also previously served as the equipment manager for Team USA during the 2019 Gretzky Hlinka Cup in Pieštany, Slovakia and Breclav, Czech Republic, as well as the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland where the U.S. earned a silver medal.

Alex Ryan, Assistant Equipment Manager

Alex Ryan Reign Headshot 300x400 screen.jpgAlex Ryan joined the Reign prior to the 2021-22 season after previously serving as the Head Equipment Manager for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), since the 2019-20 season.

Alex is originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, but grew up in Woodstock, New Brunswick. He previously held the Head Equipment Manager position for one season with the Val d’Or Foreurs and for four seasons at St. Francis Xavier University where he was a member of two AUS Championship teams along with two USports national silver medal-winning squads.

Ryan was also with Hockey Canada for their U17 Development Camp in Calgary, AB in both 2018 and 2019. In addition, he worked the 2018 and 2019 ISBHF World U-16 Men's Ball Hockey Championship with Team Canada where he was part of a silver medal-winning squad in 2019.

Dane Skinner, Massage Therapist

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