It has been a busy week for the Ontario Reign Organization, the ECHL Affiliate of the LA Kings Organization and Winnipeg Jets. The Reign sit just behind the Alaska Aces for the top spot in the Western Conference and are first in the Pacific Division and this week their netminder Michael Hutchinson was named the CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week and Dan DaSilva the Sher-Wood ECHL Player of the Week for the week of November 11-17.
Michael Hutchinson, in a five-game week came away with a 4-0-0-1 record and is 3rd in the league in a 1.75 GAA. In his 9 games he has appeared in, he is unbeaten in regulation with a 7-0-0-2 record.
Dan DaSilva recorded 12 points (3g, 9a) and a +7 in a five game span last week. This impressive streak gave DaSilva the league lead in points with a total of 26 ( 7g, 19a) and he now returns to the Worcester Sharks on a PTO. He has played 322 games in the AHL and spent 178 games with Worcester from 2008-2011. During his time with the Worcester Sharks he played on the famed “Crazed Rats” line with Andrew Desjardins, and John McCarthy who combined for a total of +88 during the 2009-2010 season.
DaSilva is the franchise’s leader in playoff scoring, with 18 points in 23 Calder Cup games. He has the potential to bring Worcester a dose of offense that the team has been lacking so far this season.
In other moves, Reign Cameron Burt has been called to the Manchester Monarchs on a professional try-out agreement. Last year, Burt was named to the ECHL All-Rookie squad and was Ontario’s highest scoring defenceman and second highest scoring rookie defenceman in the ECHL.
Kyle Kraemer and Chad Costello are also back with the Reign after a brief stint with the CHL St. Charles Chill. This will mark the fourth season with the Reign for Kraemer and last year he led the team in scoring, registering 71 points (30g, 41a) in as many games. Costello played last season with the Colorado Eagles (ECHL) and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL). In the 2010-2011 season, he was named the ECHL Most Valuable Player with 76 points (29g, 47a) in 47 games played.