Local Player Practices With Reign

By J.P. Hoornstra
Staff Writer
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

ONTARIO, Calif. – Curtis Darling has lost only once in a shootout this season so, even when it’s just you and the open ice between the Reign goaltender, it isn’t easy to put one past him.

Yet there was the shooter on Monday, a skinny kid wearing a red jersey and full face shield, putting a puck-between-the-legs move on Darling before flicking his shot up and in. The Reign bench screamed with applause, riled up during one moment of practice as if it were a game.

Clayton Kanemitsu’s hockey career is certainly off to a good start.

The 17-year-old from Chino ran through all the drills with the Reign in practice Monday, and his story is just as special as his skills. A center for the Orange County Midget 18AAA squad, Kanemitsu has a team-leading 13 points (six goals, seven assists) and plus-4 rating in 12 games.

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