ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, have announced that former Bemidji State University defenseman Justin Baudry has signed an amateur try out contract to play out the remainder of the 2018-19 season.
The LaBroquerie, Manitoba native could make his professional debut as early as 7:05 p.m. tonight when the Reign travel to the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, Colo. to battle the Colorado Eagles. Baudry joins fellow former Beaver Kyle Bauman (2014-2018), who is in rookie season with the Reign. He has 16 points (4g-16a) in 54 appearances for Ontario this season.
Baudry will play out the remainder of the season with the Reign, which includes 14 regular-season games and potential Calder Cup Playoffs. The Reign is currently seventh in the AHL’s Pacific Division at 21-27-5-2.
Bemidji State’s top scorer as a senior, Baudry established career-highs for points (31) and assists (22), while matching his career-best in goals scored (9). Playing in all of BSU’s 38 games, he collected 31 points (9g-22a). On the ice in all situations, Baudry led the Beavers with 13 points (3g-10a) on the power play, while logging time on a penalty-kill unit that finished among the top 15 teams in the country and led the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with a .892 (83-for-93) penalty-kill percentage. The senior captain ranked second among defenders and seventh among all WCHA players with 24 (7g-17a) points in 28 league contests, while his 17 assists in WCHA play was sixth among all players.
This season Baudry recorded at least a point in 21 games, which included six multi-point efforts. After logging just four points (4a) in BSU’s first 11 games, he posted 26 points (8g-18a) between Nov. 24 and March 2 to rank second in the nation among blueliners in scoring over that span of time. He posted a career-best three-assist night to lead the Beavers to a 4-0 victory over the University of Alabama-Huntsville Dec. 7 and recorded a two-goal, two assist night at Ferris State, Feb. 9.
Baudry is a three-time recipient of the WCHA’s prestigious Scholar-Athlete Award, was a three-time WCHA All-Academic Team member and was named to the AHCA All-America Scholars list prior to the 2017-18 season. In addition, the senior won the league’s Defensive Player of the Week award Feb. 11 after leading Bemidji State to a five-point WCHA weekend at Ferris State University and earned the league’s Defenseman of the Month award in February after posting eight points in six games.
In 146 collegiate games as a Beaver, Baudry piled up 68 points (21g-47a) to tie Markus Gerbrandt for 22nd on BSU’s Division I-era scoring list and ranks third among defenders on the list. His 31-point senior season stands as the fourth 30-point campaign by a BSU blueliner since 1999-2000, while his 22 helpers tie him for sixth on BSU’s Division I-era assist scoring list and stands a BSU-best since Matt Read posted 22 in 2009-10.
The Beavers finished the 2018-19 season with an overall record of 15-17-6 overall and placed fifth in the WCHA with a 13-11-4-2 mark.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).