Jeremy Blumes named General Manager of the USPHL Ontario Jr Reign
RIVERSIDE, CARLSBAD, ONTARIO, PARAMOUNT CA, April. 26, 2022 – The Jr. Reign hockey club is officially announcing that along with current Head Coaching responsibilities Jeremy Blumes has been named the new General Manager of the Ontario Jr Reign and will be tasked with building off the success of last season while continuing to grow the USPHL program.
Blumes led the Ontario Jr Reign on an impressive winning streak returning from the USPHL’s Boston Showcase shortly after the holiday break. Many in the Pacific Division commented that the Ontario Jr Reign was the best team in the league during the last third of the year. The Ontario Jr Reign would capitalize on this momentum with a record of 9-2-1 going on to defeat the San Diego Sabers in the final game of the regular season, and clinch the fourth seed in the playoffs. This would mark the team’s first appearance in the Pacific Division playoffs, in what was the Reign’s inaugural season in the USPHL.
“Our success was a result of our players continuing to believe in the process and embrace their roles, our leadership group was key” stated Jeremy Blumes. “Hockey is the ultimate team game, when you have payers that buy-in, that team becomes unstoppable. The opportunity to have an entire offseason to recruit, building off our culture being established will help set us up for success entering year two.” The Jr Reign has a handful of players advancing to the Tier II and collegiate levels and Blumes expects additional player advancements as the franchise continues to grow.
Blumes being named General Manager comes shortly after the Jr Reign announced the hiring of James Alami as COO and Kim Gough as CMO. These announcements prove to be exciting news for junior hockey in California as the Jr Reign is setting the place to become a premier destination for player development with experienced leadership professionals in place.
Blumes also emphasized that the USPHL team will continue to build partnerships within the Inland Empire including their fan base, host families, and sponsorship partners. Building these relationships and community initiatives has been a core foundation for Coach Blumes’ program as he has a Bachelor of Education (B. Ed.) with a teaching background. Coach Blumes believes that the experience of being a successful member of the team includes development both on and off the ice. “Our responsibility is to help these young men grow both on and off the ice, by having our players involved in the community, it aids their personal growth while also bolstering their resumes for school and vocational opportunities in the future.”
In 2013, Blumes was named Calgary Royals Coach of the Year, the following year in 2014 Blumes was named Hockey Calgary’s coach of the year. In 2018, Blumes was hired as General Manager and Head Coach for the Golden Rockets in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. The Rockets were coming off a dismal 3 wins and 43 losses, Blumes recruited a team of twenty rookies that would go on to win more games than the franchise had won the previous three years combined, advanced to playoffs for the first time in four seasons, and more than a third of the players during his time have since advanced to Junior A and College hockey levels.
This upcoming season will mark Blumes’ twenty-first season coaching hockey and second campaign with the Ontario Jr Reign.
The Jr Reign will be hosting two upcoming Spring Combines in conjunction with the Calgary Canucks of the AJHL which will be held in Ontario, California on May 27-29, 2022, and in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on June 3 -5, 2022. For more information or to register, please visit https://www.ontariojrreign.com/camps.