Reign bring back Kopitar and Register, add Reum


ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets, announced that the club has agreed to terms with returning center Gasper Kopitar and defenseman Matt Register, and has also added defenseman Dalton Reum for the 2014-15 season.

Kopitar, 22, began his pro career with the Reign last season on Dec. 31 at Alaska after starting the season with Mora of the Allsvenskan Swedish league. In 32 games with Ontario, Kopitar put up 20 points (8g-12a) and four penalty minutes. In four playoff games, he added one assist.

Prior to turning pro, the 6-foot, 218-pound center played junior hockey over the course of three seasons from 2009-12 with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League and the Des Moines Buccanneers of the United States Hockey League. Kopitar put up 64 points (37g-27a) and 61 penalty minutes in 119 games between the two teams. The native of Jesenice, Slovenia is the younger brother of LA Kings all-star center Anze Kopitar and the son of Slovenian head coach Martjaz Kopitar.

Register, 25, returns to Ontario after setting numerous team records by a defenseman in 2013-14, posting 44 points (14g-30a) and 56 penalty minutes in 67 games. In four playoff games, Register recorded two points (1g-1a) and two penalty minutes. The blueliner capped the year by receiving All-ECHL First Team honors, along with being named the CCM Hockey ECHL Defenseman of the Year. Register first suited up with Ontario during the 2012-13 season, after signing with the club on Feb. 22. In 17 games that season, Register managed nearly a point per game, with 13 points (4g-9a) and 18 penalty minutes.

Since making his professional debut at the end of the 2011-12 season with the Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League, the Calgary, Alberta native has skated in 157 career pro games in the ECHL and CHL, totaling 77 points (21g-56a) and 102 penalty minutes. Prior to turning pro, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound defenseman completed a four-year amateur career with the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League from 2006-10, posting 94 points (30g-64a) and 170 penalty minutes in 166 games.

Reum, 22, comes to Ontario after spending his rookie season with the Idaho Steelheads. In 52 games with Idaho, the blueliner dished out eight helpers and added 76 penalty minutes.

Prior to turning pro, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Reum played junior hockey for the Vancouver Giants and Swift Current Broncos of the WHL from 2010-13. In 212 games, the native of Camrose, Alberta put up 37 points (8g-29a) and 191 penalty minutes.