Tag: Ontario Reign


Bissonnette signs a one-year deal with Kings’ affiliate


Paul Bissonnette has assured himself this summer won’t be like last year.

The 30-year-old has signed a one-year contract with the Ontario Reign – the new AHL affiliate of the L.A. Kings.

“I’m happy about it. It’s good to be returning back to some familiar faces,” Bissonnette told PHT on Wednesday. “I’m very happy and excited to be headed to California.”

At this time last year the Welland, Ontario native was without a contract and considering an offer to play with the Cardiff Devils of the British Elite Ice Hockey League.

He admitted last month that the stress of not having a contract to play in North America at the start of the hockey season caused him to deal “with a bit of depression”.

Bissonnette eventually signed a professional tryout agreement with the AHL’s Portland Pirates.

After being released by the Pirates in December, Bissonnette signed a deal with the Manchester Monarchs – the L.A. Kings affiliate. The veteran of 202 NHL games scored one goal and six assists to go along with 167 penalty minutes in 48 games with the Monarchs.

He also appeared in 11 playoff games as Manchester captured the Calder Cup.

“It was pretty special, especially after a tough start to the year,” Bissonnette said. “It was a good way to finish out and kind of look at it in a positive light.”

Photo courtesy of Paul Bissonnette.

Kings’ Clifford joins ECHL Ontario Reign

Kyle Clifford

L.A. Kings forward Kyle Clifford got tired of not playing hockey but didn’t want to go far away to play during the lockout. Luckily for him, the Ontario Reign play in California and were happy to welcome him into the fold.

The Reign announced they’ve signed Clifford to play for them during the NHL lockout. Coincidentally enough, they’re the ECHL affiliate of the Kings so he’s not even straying from the organization, never mind Southern California.

At 21 years-old, Clifford wouldn’t seem like a natural candidate to be locked out of playing in the AHL, but he’s spent the last two seasons with the Kings as their tough-guy forward racking up a total of 264 penalty minutes over 157 games. He likely won’t have a hard time looking for people to dance with in the ECHL if the mood strikes him.