August 3, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laura Hendrick, Ontario Reign PR Intern
Reign Welcome Back Local Favorite C.J. Stretch
Ontario’s points per game leader returns for third season
ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, 2011-12 Pacific Division Champions and proud affiliate of the NHL’s 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, announced that they have re-signed C.J. Stretch.
“I’m looking forward to being around all the guys again and playing in front of our amazing fans. The energy inside our arena really gets me going and helps me play better hockey,” Stretch said. “I feel I have more of an edge being in front of my hometown all the time, I really enjoy it.”
Stretch, who celebrates his 23rd birthday today, will return to the Reign roster for his third season with the club. During the 2011-12 season, the Irvine, California native earned 50 points (20g, 30a) in just 45 games, averaging 1.11 points per game. Stretch split the season between the Reign and the AHL’s Houston Aeros, where he earned 6 points, all assists. He recorded his first AHL point in his debut game with an assist. On Feb. 4, 2012 Stretch scored the overtime, game-winning goal in a 5-4 victory over the Lake Erie Monsters; it was his first shootout appearance with the team.
“I want to do as well as I did last year; obviously the goal is to improve and get called up [to the AHL] and stay up longer once you’re there. To do that, I just need to keep playing well for Ontario and work my hardest by not making mistakes, playing with more consistency, and increasing the speed of my game,” Stretch said. “I want to win our division again and win our conference. That’ll give us another push toward playoffs and playoffs is what we play for. The ultimate goal is to win the championship and that’s what I want to do with the Reign.”
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound center made his professional debut on April 3, 2010 with Ontario against the Las Vegas Wranglers in the same game he scored his first professional goal. The following season, 2010-11, Stretch played 46 games for Ontario tallying 21 points (9g, 12a).
Prior to turning pro, Stretch spent five seasons playing major junior hockey with the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL. While there he recorded 248 points (85g, 163a) in 341 games. He led the team in scoring for two consecutive seasons, in 2008-09 and 2009-10.