Backman signs AHL deal with Ontario

The Ontario Reign, primary affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, have signed right wing Sean Backman to an American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season, Reign Director of Hockey Operations Hubie McDonough announced on Monday.


Backman, 29, will remain with the Kings’ AHL affiliate for a third consecutive season after helping the Manchester Monarchs capture the Calder Cup during the 2014-15 campaign, posting 44 points (19-25=44) and 34 penalty minutes in 76 regular season games, and adding an additional 17 points (5-12=17) and eight penalty minutes in 19 postseason contests.
The Cos Cob, Conn. native has accumulated 132 points (54-78=132) and 138 penalty minutes in 347 career AHL matches with Texas, Bridgeport and Manchester, and has also added four points (2-2=4) and four penalty minutes in five ECHL games with the Idaho Steelheads.
Prior to turning pro, the 5-foot-8, 165-pound winger spent four years at Yale University, where he registered 126 points (77-49=126) and 110 penalty minutes in 122 games for the Bulldogs.