’s Taylor Blake Ward Joins Frozen Royalty

Taylor Blake Ward (right)

LOS ANGELES — On December 20, publisher Gann Matsuda announced that Taylor Blake Ward, who covers the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for and Valley Bay News, has joined Frozen Royalty, covering the American Hockey League’s Ontario Reign, the primary minor league affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Los Angeles Kings.

“I’m thrilled that Taylor has agreed to join Frozen Royalty,” said Matsuda. “As he’s shown in his Angels coverage, he’s a professional. He’s a journalist who will provide nothing less than the high quality, objective coverage of the Reign, and of the Kings prospects playing there, that has always been what Frozen Royalty has strived to bring to readers.”

Ward, 24, a native of Lake Arrowhead, California, grew up playing ice hockey as a winger at the Ice Castle of Lake Arrowhead, which served as training grounds for the Kings in the 1990’s, where he found an instantaneous bond with the Kings in the early 1990’s, after meeting Kings legend, Luc Robitaille.

Ward, who will primarily provide feature stories on the Reign, has followed the Kings since 1991, and was present for their first Stanley Cup victory in 2012. He plays hockey in pickup games in the Inland Empire and Sierra Mountain Range, and plays ball hockey in the summer.

In 2012, Ward served as the Media Relations Director for the High Desert Mavericks, who were the Seattle Mariners Class-A Advanced affiliate, at the time (now affiliated with the Texas Rangers), and began his writing career soon after in 2013 for Scout Media.

Ward has followed the Reign since their inaugural season in the ECHL in 2008.

“It’s been hard to contain my excitement about covering hockey once again,” said Ward. “I truly enjoy seeing the development of players, from the junior and college ranks, to the highest minor league levels, and I hope that enjoyment can be seen through my reporting. As much as I enjoy covering baseball, hockey runs in my blood line and is my true passion.”

You can follow Ward on Twitter at @taylorblakeward.

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