Kings’ Clifford joins ECHL Ontario Reign

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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.