I’ve blogged before that the Hubby and I have season tickets to the Ontario Reign. Now, change is coming to the hockey club, and I am one of the few fans who seems to dread it.
Background: The Reign are an ECHL minor league club, two levels below the NHL. The next level up is the AHL, whose players often are called directly to the NHL. The Los Angeles Kings are affiliated with both the Reign and the AHL Manchester Monarchs.
Long story short, the Monarchs are moving to Ontario and the Reign to Manchester because that’s how the Kings want it.
The name will stay the same; we will still have a team called the Reign. The logo will change. The top executives, the coaching staff, and the players will swap cities. Many of the “new” players will be familiar — after all, the Monarchs team is where our improved players have gone. Most of my fellow fans are delighted; we will get to see a higher level of play. But I still have questions:
- Will the excellent sales and support staff stay?
- Will we still have the Dark Knight and Blaze the Dragon as our mascots?
- Will there still be a dragon on our logo?
- Will the ticket prices go up?