The Ontario Reign officially has a new player that can call LA home.  The team has agreed with terms with right winger Tyler Scofield and have put him on the reserved list for the time being.

The Prince George, British Columbia native has spent his entire professional career playing in Europe from 2009-14. He started with HC Plzen in the Czech Extraliga in 2009-10 then went on to Klagenfurter AC in the EBEL from 2010-14. Scofield helped Klagenfurter make their way to the top in an EBEL championship during the 2012-13 season. He racked up 118 points with 67 goals and 51 assists and 104 penalty minutes in the 202 games he played overseas.

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The 30-year old winger began the season with Graz 99ers in Austria’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga and added five points to his record with five goals and no assists and four penalty minutes in eight games. Before turning pro, Scofield completed his college career in four years at Bemidji State University from 2005-09 where he recorded 111 points. 48 of those points were goals while the other 63 were assists and had 112 penalty minutes in 129 games. He again helped his team, the Beavers, prove victorious by capturing College Hockey America titles during his freshman and sophomore years.

The Reign has seen problems with staying consistent lately and Scofield could be one of the keys to getting the team back on the right tracks. He is definitely one of the smaller players on the Reign at 5-foot-8 and a little over 160 lbs but that does not mean he will be any less effective. He helped lead Klagenfurter AC to the playoffs three years in a row with a minimum of five goals for each playoff season. Scofield was his strongest in Austria and will bring that over with him to Ontario.

Scofield will definitely be a fun one to watch on the ice when he is off the reserved list. He has enough of the professional experience throughout the years to bring some much needed composure to the team. If he can do again what he did for his college and Austria, there is no doubt that the Reign will have a giant chance at the playoffs this season.

Native to sunny Anaheim, CA, Connie has been a hockey fan every since she watched her first game up close. She thinks winter sports are even better surrounded by palm trees and with a stadium just minutes away from the beach. She is also majoring in journalism at Fullerton College and is a frequent freelancer. She has the hopes of being able to give play by plays on TV and if not that, at least write behind the scenes. Her free time includes excessive cupcake eating, trying to get some sleep between classes and finding new restaurants worth raving about.

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