Heroic Homecoming: Three veterans resign for '23-'24 Season

by Callum Kemlo

The Ontario Jr Reign are pleased to announce the return of forwards Devin Blair, Mason Welsh, and CJ Kemp for the 2023-2024 season. 

Welsh, a local California product, born in Huntington Beach, registered 7 points (1 goal and 6 assists) across 40 games last season, along with 27 penalty minutes. The 5'10", 161 pound forward is well known in California rinks having spent his minor hockey career with various teams based in California. When asked about his return, “I am very excited to return to the Reign this season. Last season was such a fun season and for me being a rookie last year. I thought it was a good home. Looking towards this next season, I plan on busting my butt and getting better every day. I’m very excited to meet all the new faces coming to the team this year and also to have fun. I am also looking forward to the trips with the boys and getting closer with everyone and making new friends!”

Blair, the pride of Choiceland, Saskatchewan registered 9 points (3 goals and 6 assists) through 39 games last season to go along with 2 games played in the playoffs. The 5'9", 165 pound forward is known for his versatility, determination and 2 way play.  

Kemp, the kiwi, registered 6 points (2 goals and 4 assists) across 34 games last season, also spending time with Skycity Stampede and Auckland Mako of the New Zealand Ice Hockey League. The 6'0" and 160 pound left shot forward is thrilled to be back for his last year of junior hockey. CJ had this to say, “I’m pretty excited to return to the team, especially to see some familiar faces from last year. I also can’t wait to meet some of the new guys. For this upcoming season I hope we have a better end to the season. It’s also my last year of junior hockey so I want to have some good fun with the boys.”

Head Coach and General Manager Jeremy Blumes “Last season all three of these young men worked extremely hard and improved as a result, I consider each of them leaders in their own respective ways. Nearly half our roster is advancing to Tier 2 Junior A or College next season and it is reassuring to know that we have these three familiar with our culture and expectations to lean on and lead the way both on and off the ice.”

The Ontario Jr Reign welcome all three players back and look forward to another successful season.

Board the Reign Train! August 11-13 Prep Camp taking place at Ontario Center Ice Arena. 

8 current members of the 22-23 Reign roster participated in previous combines including Adam Layden signed to play with the Notre Dame Hounds in the SJHL.

The weekend will consist of demanding practices, dryland, and games officiated by referees and made available on video. Players will receive an exit interview with quantifiable feedback.