Ontario Reign Schedule
Since the 2008-2009 season when the Texas Wildcatters were relocated to Ontario and renamed
the Reign, they have been a fixture on the local sports scene. Hockey may not officially be the national sport of Canada but
it is certainly one of the most popular sports in the country and ECHL teams are in possession of some of the fiercest and
most loyal fans in the country. Citizens Business Bank Arena is bursting with energy during Ontario Reign home games, giving
them perhaps the best home ice advantage in the entire ECHL. Be sure to get your hands on some Ontario Reign tickets and get
in on all of the action!
On Friday, January 17th and Saturday, January 18th another ECHL powerhouse, the Colorado Eagles
come to Citizens Business Bank Arena looking to take down the Reign on their home ice. This is never a task that is easy to
accomplish as the Reign have historically had an incredible home record due to their incredible crowd support and home ice
advantage. Saturday, February 15th sees another monstrous game take place at Citizens Business Bank Arena when the Reign's
rivals the Alaska Aces will be hitting the ice to square off against the Reign. These are always some of the most intense
games of the season and you will not want to miss a second of the action. Be sure to check out all of the Ontario Reign's
home schedule right here on StubHub.
The Ontario Reign are the Los Angeles Kings' top affiliate
and are also affiliated with the Winnipeg Jets, meaning that at any moment some of the team's biggest stars could be called
up to play in the NHL. This also means that some of the best young hockey talent in the country hits the ice for the Reign
and each and every player is looking to put on a show both for the home crowd and in an attempt to impress any NHL scouts
who might be in the arena. Coach Jason Christie will be looking to guide the Ontario Reign to an ECHL championship in 2014.
He will be looking for help from forward Yasin Cisse to provide some firepower that will light up the scoreboard. Of course,
no hockey team can be successful without a solid defense and goalie Michael Hutchinson along with defenseman Cody Sol will
be anchoring a stout defense that should be able to help propel the Ontario Reign to the top of the standings.
Hockey fans in general are some of the most passionate sports fans around, but nothing quite matches the
fanaticism surrounding minor league hockey and Ontario Reign fans are some of the most dedicated and vociferous fans in the
entire ECHL. On game day at Citizens Business Bank Arena, the fans file in and take their seats when the cheering and chanting
begins. As the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy. Finally
both teams are ready for face off and the excitement really begins. Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays of
speed and agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the arena on fire for the following three periods of world
class minor league hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping
and giving high fives and you will already be planning a return trip.
The ECHL is one of the
premiere professional hockey leagues in the United States and Canada and 27 of the 30 NHL teams have an affiliation with an
ECHL team. Around 500 former ECHL players have gone on to play in the NHL, and the ECHL along with the AHL are the only two
leagues in North America covered under the NHL's collective bargaining agreement. The league has been in existence since 1988
and currently has 22 teams as members. Both the Hampton Roads Admirals and the South Carolina Stingrays lead the way in the
ECHL with three championships each. The league has its own hall of fame and features outdoor games and all star games each
season along with its playoffs and championship, known as the Kelly Cup.
In 1993 the franchise
began its existence as the Huntington Blizzard, after a few years the club went dormant in 2000 before being resurrected as
the Texas Wildcatters in 2003. In 2008 the team relocated and became the Ontario Reign. The team's nickname was chosen through
a contest in which more than 600 names were submitted before the Reign was chosen as the winner. During their first year playing
as the Ontario Reign, the team won the Pacific Division of the ECHL before losing a disappointing first round playoff series
against the Stockton Thunder. The Reign has regularly been well supported and have on more than one occasion set the league
attendance record for a single season.