ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets, have announced that veteran right wing Derek Couture and left wing Everett Sheen have each agreed to terms with the club for the 2014-15 season.
Couture, 30, returns to the Reign for his fourth season with the club, making him one of the longest-tenured players in team history. His 164 career games played for Ontario are third in club history behind only David Walker (216) and Kyle Kraemer (209). Last season, Couture skated in 47 games with Ontario, recording 34 points (16g-18a) and 136 penalty minutes. In four playoff games, Couture scored once and added an assist, along with 10 penalty minutes. The Calgary, Alberta native enters his 10th season of professional hockey, having played in his 500th game as a professional last season on Jan. 10 vs. Bakersfield. In 515 career pro games, Couture has posted 273 points (122g-151a) and 1,115 penalty minutes.
Prior to turning pro, Couture completed a five-year junior career with the Saskatoon Blades and Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League from 2000-05, totaling 106 points (48g-58a) and 578 penalty minutes in 254 games.
Sheen, 27, will also suit up for his fourth year in a Reign uniform. His 161 career games played for Ontario is right behind Couture for fourth in club history. Last season, Sheen played in a career-high 70 games, totaling 23 points (10g-13a) and 84 penalty minutes. In four playoff games, he recorded two assists and 10 penalty minutes. In 198 career professional games, Sheen has posted 73 points (27g-46a) and 200 penalty minutes.
Prior to turning pro, Sheen played collegiate hockey for the College of the Holy Cross from 2007-11, captaining the Crusaders in his senior year. In 149 games with Holy Cross, Sheen tallied 104 points (52g-52a) and 82 penalty minutes.