ONTARIO, Calif. –
The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, announced that head coach Karl Taylor has accepted the assistant coaching position with the Chicago Wolves, the AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks.
“I’m excited to join the Vancouver Canucks and the Chicago Wolves, and in the same breath my family and I are sad to end our relationship with the Reign,” Taylor said. “Our family has grown roots in the community and we are proud to call the Inland Empire our home.”
Taylor was hired as head coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the Reign’s 2008-09 inaugural season. The team finished first in the Pacific Division with a 38-29-6 record and made its first appearance in the ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs, but fell in the first round to the Stockton Thunder in seven games. Taylor led Ontario to a 96-99-22 record and one Kelly Cup playoff appearance in three years at the Reign’s helm.
"I would like to thank Justin and Barry Kemp, the Los Angeles Kings and the entire organization for giving me the opportunity to coach the Ontario Reign the last three years," Taylor said.
“I think it is a true testament to Karl that the Vancouver Canucks organization sought him so diligently." Kemp said. "I truly appreciate the hard work and dedication he put into our organization over our first three seasons in Ontario and wish him and his family the very best in this exciting new chapter of their lives.”
After three seasons each as head coach of the Ontario Reign and the Reading Royals, the North Bay, Ontario, Canada native has a combined ECHL coaching record of 208-181-44 in 433 games and three Kelly Cup playoff appearances. His 200th victory came last February, as he guided the Reign to a 4-2 victory over the Bakersfield Condors.