ONTARIO, Calif. Ė The Ontario Reign
, back-to-back Pacific Division Champions and proud affiliate of the NHLís Los Angeles Kings
and Winnipeg Jets
, are proud to announce the return of the Reignís 2012-13 Captain, Derek Couture
, and defenseman Matt Register
Couture, 29, returns to the Reign for his third season after leading the team to their best season ever in 2012-13. The winger racked up 54 points (24g, 30a) in 52 games with Ontario and led the team in penalty minutes with 218 Ė just 17 minutes shy of the league-leader. The power forward also had an eight-game stint with the AHLís Houston Aeros.
During the Reignís postseason run, Couture led the team with nine points (2g, 7a) in 10 appearances as Ontario made it to the second round for the first time in club history.
A native of Calgary, Alberta, Couture was named Captain for the first time in his professional career on October 12, 2012.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound veteran winger will enter his ninth professional season. Couture has seen time in the AHL with the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, Quad City Flames, Binghamton Senators
, Hartford/Connecticut Wolf Pack, and the Houston Aeros earning a total of 81 points in 301 AHL games. While playing in the ECHL, Couture has dressed for the Elmira Jackals
, the Charlotte Checkers
, the Victoria Salmon Kings, and the Ontario Reign
earning a total of 158 points in 167 ECHL games.
Couture has played the best hockey of his career with the Reign. He has achieved career-high statistics in all categories over the past two seasons.
Register, 24, made his Reign and ECHL debut on Feb. 22 against the Stockton Thunder
. The next night he had a two-point game in Bakersfield with a goal and an assist which kicked off a run of six points in just seven games. Register finished the regular season with 13 points (4g, 9a) in 17 appearances and went on to earn three points, all assists, in the 10 games he played in the postseason.
Before signing with Ontario, Register, a native of Calgary, Alberta, split 51 games between the Tulsa Oilers
and Arizona Sundogs
in the Central Hockey League. Between the two teams he earned 16 points (2g, 14a).
In 2011 the defenseman made his professional debut in the CHL with the Allen Americans
. He played in 22 games and recorded four points (1g, 3a).
Register spent four years playing in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the Bonnyville Pontiacs. In his final season with the Pontiacs, Register posted an impressive 61 points (16g, 45a). He was seventh in the league in assists, led the league in defensemen, and earned the W.G. Scott Memorial Trophy for the AJHLís Best Defenseman.