ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL Los Angeles Kings and AHL Manchester Monarchs, announced today they have signed rookie left wings Brian Matte and Tyler Mugford to standard player contracts for the 2009-2010 season.
“Matte comes with high recommendation, and is a solid forward who will bring his two-way style to the ice in Ontario next season,” adds Coach Karl Taylor. “We are looking forward to seeing Mugford improve at the professional level.”
Matte, 21, spent the 2008-2009 season with the Prince George Cougars (WHL), registering 30 points (17g, 13a) and 71 penalty minutes in 48 games. The Prince George, BC native made his first career playoff appearance last year, appearing in four games and recording two points (1g, 1a) and seven penalty minutes.
Mugford, 24, played four season with Cornell University (NCAA) from 2005-2009. The left winger notched 26 points (8g, 18a) and 189 penalty minutes in 127 games. Last season, the Prince Albert, Saskatchewan native was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference defensive player of the year.