The NHL lockout may sadly prevent the Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings from raising another banner. However, the Kings East Coast Hockey League Affiliate, Ontario Reign are thriving atop the Western Conference Standings. The Reign are led by NHL talent, including Kyle Clifford of the Kings Stanley Cup roster.

The Ontario Reign play home games at Citizens Business Bank Arena, 45 miles from Downtown LA. Opened in 2008, Citizens Business Bank Arena is a modern facility with a capacity just shy of 11,000. Parking is ample and only $5 right next to the box office. Inside the building there are no bad seats. The $10 Top Shelf section presents an aerial view. On the opposite end, the prime inventory in the $50 Glass sections is closest to the on-ice action.

Concessions are affordable compared to Staples Center. A Heineken, for example, is $9.25 compared to over $11 at Staples. Chick-fil-A’s sponsorship is prominent at the arena. The closest location is a mile away at Ontario Mills Mall, home of the Ontario Improv and also a Dave & Buster’s, a great spot for pre-game festivities.

The arena was filled near capacity on a recent Saturday night with fans of all ages, including many fans 12 and under. There are enough mascots to create a fifth line and the Kings’ mascot Bailey excites the crowd and Sporty, the mascot of Sport Clips skates around the ice, as well.

The majority of fans in attendance sport Reign and King jerseys alike as they cheer the hometown team facing the visiting Alaska Aces. Leading the team in goals and points is Center C.J. Stretch, a four-year veteran from Irvine. The team also boasts recent NHL players Paul Mara and Devin Setoguchi alongside prospects like Colton Yellow Horn hoping for an opportunity to play in the NHL.

Leaving the arena is easy with no traffic, whatsoever. With no agreement in place to end the NHL lockout, catching the Ontario Reign is one of the few remedies for LA’s hockey-crazed fans.

You can purchase tickets for the Ontario Reign on our site.

Elliot Steingart is a writer/comedian who tweets @elliotsteingart. His blog “Some Reservations” is featured weekly on the Jewish Journal.

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