By J.P. Hoornstra
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
ONTARIO, Calif. – Justin Kemp has run a professional hockey team before, but it’s easy to understand why the Reign’s inaugural season served as such a learning experience.
The team and the arena were brand new. The Inland Empire market was new to pro hockey, and the coach and players were new to the I.E.
After Kemp, the Reign’s executive vice president of business operations, dotted the final I’s and crossed the final T’s on the final player contracts Friday, he broke down what went wrong and what went right in Year 1.
“When you have a year behind you,” Kemp said, “you know the things that work and you know the things that don’t work.”