Manchester Monarchs

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Manchester Monarchs
2014–15 Manchester Monarchs season
Manchester Monarchs.svg
CityManchester, New Hampshire
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceEastern Conference
DivisionAtlantic Division
Founded2001
Home arenaVerizon Wireless Arena
Colors         
Owner(s)Anschutz Entertainment Group
General managerCanada Rob Blake
Head coachCanada Mike Stothers
MediaNew Hampshire Union Leader
WGIR (610 AM)
WMUR-TV (channel 9)
AffiliatesLos Angeles Kings
(NHL)
Ontario Reign (ECHL)
Franchise history
2001–presentManchester Monarchs
Championships
Regular season titles2 (2004–05, 2006–07)
Division Championships3 (2006–07), (2004–05), (2013–14)
 
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Manchester Monarchs
2014–15 Manchester Monarchs season
Manchester Monarchs.svg
CityManchester, New Hampshire
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceEastern Conference
DivisionAtlantic Division
Founded2001
Home arenaVerizon Wireless Arena
Colors         
Owner(s)Anschutz Entertainment Group
General managerCanada Rob Blake
Head coachCanada Mike Stothers
MediaNew Hampshire Union Leader
WGIR (610 AM)
WMUR-TV (channel 9)
AffiliatesLos Angeles Kings
(NHL)
Ontario Reign (ECHL)
Franchise history
2001–presentManchester Monarchs
Championships
Regular season titles2 (2004–05, 2006–07)
Division Championships3 (2006–07), (2004–05), (2013–14)

The Manchester Monarchs are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL). They play in Manchester, New Hampshire at the Verizon Wireless Arena. They have been the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings since 2001.

History[edit]

In 1999,[1] Howard Baldwin founded Manchester Hockey Group LLC, which were in the process of moving a dormant American Hockey League franchise to New Hampshire, which would start play in 2001. On June 14, 2000, the Los Angeles Kings bought the team from Baldwin's group.[2] Three months later, the Kings hired Jeff Eisenberg as team president. The team, to play in the still under construction Verizon Wireless Arena, was baptized Manchester Monarchs on November 13.[3]

The Monarchs played their first game on October 6, 2001, against the Lowell Lock Monsters, losing 6–3. Their first win was a week later, on October 13, 2001, against the Norfolk Admirals. The team has been competitive within the division every year of its existence. They won their first Atlantic Division title in 2004–05, but lost in the first round to the Providence Bruins. This continued the streak of first round playoff exits, which the team had experienced in every year of existence, and would come to include the 2005–06 season.

2006–07 was the team's best season to date. With rookie head coach Mark Morris, leading scorers Matt Moulson and Noah Clarke, and former league MVP Jason LaBarbera in goal, the team had their best finish ever, winning the Atlantic Division title with the second-best points total in the league.

Heading into the playoffs, there were doubts within the team, as star goaltender LaBarbera had ended the season injured. The team faced the Worcester Sharks in the first round. With LaBarbera coming back by Game 2, the Monarchs defeated the Sharks in six games, including double-overtime thrillers in Games 2 and 6. The second round brought the Providence Bruins, who put up as much — if not more — of a fight. The Monarchs found a way, however, and defeated the Bruins in six games. This brought the Monarchs to their first ever Eastern Conference finals, but they were swept by the defending champions — the Hershey Bears — in four games.

Following their run in 2007, the Monarchs looked to have holes to fill, as Jason LaBarbera was brought up to the Kings, along with several other players. The 2007–08 season was an up-and-down one, which ended following a sweep by the Providence Bruins in the first round of the playoffs. 2008–09 was a landmark year for the franchise, but not in the way they would hope. Despite a late surge, the team finished fifth, five points out of the playoffs, for the first time in franchise history.

The first half of the 2009–10 season has proven to be successful for that year's Monarchs squad. Several players have been promoted to Los Angeles, including Rich Clune and Alec Martinez. The Monarchs won their home opener of the 2010–11 season, as David Meckler scored the game-winning goal in front of 9,035 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena on October 16, 2010. The game was also noteworthy as left wing Brandon Kozun and center Justin Azevedo were awarded penalty shots, the first time in franchise history that two players were awarded penalty shots in the same game.

The Manchester Monarchs have made it to the playoffs all but one season since coming into existence, but have yet to win the Calder Cup.

For the 2014-2015, the Monarchs ditched the purple and gold colors that had been with the team since it's inception, and adopted the same black and silver color scheme as their parent club, the Los Angeles Kings.

Players[edit]

Current Roster[edit]

Updated October 31, 2014.[4][5]

#NatPlayerPosS/GAgeAcquiredBirthplaceContract
20CanadaArseneau, VincentVincent ArseneauLWL222014Iles-de-la-Madeleine, QuebecMonarchs
39CanadaAuger, JustinJustin AugerRWR202014Waterloo, OntarioKings
16United StatesBackman, SeanSean Backman (A)RWR282013White Plains, New YorkMonarchs
30Czech RepublicBartosak, PatrikPatrik BartosakGL212014Koprivnice, Czech RepublicKings
35CanadaBerube, Jean-FrancoisJean-Francois BerubeGR232011Repentigny, QuebecKings
7CanadaBodnarchuk, AndrewAndrew Bodnarchuk Injured ReserveDL262012Drumheller, AlbertaKings
21CanadaCrescenzi, AndrewAndrew CrescenziCL222014Thornhill, OntarioKings
26United StatesDowd, NicNic DowdCR242014Huntsville, AlabamaKings
23United StatesEbert, NickNick EbertDR202014Livingston, New JerseyKings
3United StatesForbort, DerekDerek ForbortDL222013Duluth, MinnesotaKings
13CanadaGratton, JoshJosh GrattonLWL322014Brantford, OntarioMonarchs
4United StatesGravel, KevinKevin GravelDL222014Kingsford, MichiganMonarchs
24CanadaHorvat, RyanRyan HorvatLWL212014Simcoe, OntarioMonarchs
5United StatesLoVerde, VincentVincent LoVerde (C)DR252012Chicago, IllinoisKings
44United StatesMcBain, JamieJamie McBainDR262014Faribault, MinnesotaMonarchs
27United StatesMersch, MichaelMichael MerschLWL222014Park Ridge, IllinoisKings
6CanadaMiller, ColinColin MillerDR222013Sault Ste. Marie, OntarioKings
10CanadaO'Brien, ZachZach O'BrienRWR222013St. John's, NewfoundlandMonarchs
22United StatesO'Neill, BrianBrian O'NeillRWR262012Yardley, PennsylvaniaKings
25CanadaSabourin, ScottScott SabourinRWR222013Orleans, OntarioKings
55CanadaSchultz, JeffJeff Schultz (A)DL282013Calgary, AlbertaKings
37United StatesShore, NickNick ShoreFR222013Denver, ColoradoKings
14CanadaVan der Gulik, DavidDavid Van der GulikLWL312014Abbotsford, British ColumbiaKings
19CanadaWeal, JordanJordan WealCR222011North Vancouver, British ColumbiaKings

Team Captains[edit]

Notable Monarchs[edit]

Team records[edit]

Season-by-season results[edit]

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Monarchs. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Manchester Monarchs seasons

Single-season records[edit]

Goals: Mike Cammalleri, 46, (2004–05)
Assists: Mike Cammalleri, 63, (2004–05)
Points: Mike Cammalleri, 109, (2004–05)
Penalty minutes: Joe Rullier, 322, (2004–05)
GAA: Adam Hauser, 1.93, (2004–05)
SV%: Adam Hauser, .933, (2004–05)

Career records[edit]

Career goals: Noah Clarke, 85, (2003–07)
Career assists: Gabe Gauthier, 122, (2007–10)
Career points: Noah Clarke, 199, (2003–07)
Career penalty minutes: Joe Rullier, 844, (2001–05)
Career goaltending wins: Martin Jones, 84, (2010–14)
Career shutouts: Adam Hauser, 15, (2003–06)
Career games: Andrew Campbell, 414, (2009–14)

References[edit]

External links[edit]