The LA Kings have recalled forward Jonny Brodzinski from the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
The 23-year-old Brodzinski (born June 19, 1993) is a 6-1, 218-pound native of Ham Lake, Minn. who has appeared in 56 games during his second season with Ontario, posting 47 points (25-22=47), a plus-6 rating and 12 penalty minutes.
At the time of his recall, Brodzinski ranked first on the team in goals, points and power play goals (9), and fourth on the team in assists.
Selected in the fifth-round (148th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Brodzinski is getting his first NHL call-up after appearing in 121 regular-season games for the Reign over the past two seasons, recording 75 points (40-35=75), a plus-17 rating and 28 penalty minutes. He also appeared in four postseason games last season, tallying three points (2-1=3), a plus-2 rating and two penalty minutes before missing the rest of the playoffs with an upper-body injury.
Brodzinski will wear number 76, the first player to wear that number in LA Kings history and the first player drafted by the Kings during the 2013 draft to appear in a game for the team.
He becomes the third player on the current Kings team to have played at St. Cloud State University, joining forward Nic Dowd and defenseman Kevin Gravel. The three players played together for two seasons (2012-13 and 2013-14). In 2012-13, the Huskies split the regular-season conference championship in the WCHA with the University of Minnesota and advanced to the Frozen Four before falling to Quinnipiac in the semi-finals. In 2013-14, St. Cloud State won the inaugural regular-season conference championship in the NCHC and advanced to the regional finals in the national tournament before losing to the University of Minnesota.
The Kings host the Winnipeg Jets today at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports West and KABC Radio AM790.