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Kings’ Clifford joins ECHL Ontario Reign

Nov 20, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

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L.A. Kings forward Kyle Clifford got tired of not playing hockey but didn’t want to go far away to play during the lockout. Luckily for him, the Ontario Reign play in California and were happy to welcome him into the fold.

The Reign announced they’ve signed Clifford to play for them during the NHL lockout. Coincidentally enough, they’re the ECHL affiliate of the Kings so he’s not even straying from the organization, never mind Southern California.

At 21 years-old, Clifford wouldn’t seem like a natural candidate to be locked out of playing in the AHL, but he’s spent the last two seasons with the Kings as their tough-guy forward racking up a total of 264 penalty minutes over 157 games. He likely won’t have a hard time looking for people to dance with in the ECHL if the mood strikes him.

  1. blomfeld - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM


    Another nice story about a “quality” individual who’s opted to do the “right” thing by staying at home and help promote hockey at the grass roots level. “Good on you” Clifford and everyone else who’s shown by example the way things “ought” to be ! By the way, people had better take a good, long, hard look at the photo inset above, because that’s “exactly” what’s going to transpire again come this June ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. sjsharks66 - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    I had no idea he was that young! Looks so much older.

    • blomfeld - Nov 21, 2012 at 12:25 AM

      Back off Sharksfan66 !

      hey man, the reason he looked older is probably because of the playoff beard or something ? … the bottom line is that we LA Kings don’t just play the best, we also also look the best ! … by the way, we have the “welcome mat” out for you if decide anytime you want to “fall in” with us … I swear to God, it’s a riot being a King’s fan ! :)

  3. barroomhero80 - Nov 21, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Hell yea!

  4. sjsharks66 - Nov 21, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Calm down Blom I was not being negative. I was literally surprised he is the same age as me. He just looks way older. I thought he was like 25 or something.

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