Manchester Monarchs

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Manchester Monarchs
2014–15 Manchester Monarchs season
Manchester Monarchs.svg
City Manchester, New Hampshire
League American Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
Division Atlantic Division
Founded 2001
Operated 20012015
Home arena Verizon Wireless Arena
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Owner(s) Anschutz Entertainment Group
General manager Canada Rob Blake
Head coach Canada Mike Stothers
Media New Hampshire Union Leader
WGIR (610 AM)
WMUR-TV (channel 9)
Affiliates Los Angeles Kings
Ontario Reign (ECHL)
Franchise history
2001–2015 Manchester Monarchs
2015–future Ontario Reign
Regular season titles 1 (2014–15)
Division Championships 4 (2004–05), (2006–07), (2013–14), (2014-15)
Conference Championships 0
Calder Cups 0

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 National Hockey League (NHL) Los Angeles Kings since 2001. For the 2015-2016 season the Monarchs will trade places with the Kings' affiliate in the ECHL, the Ontario Reign: the AHL franchise will move to Ontario, California and play at Citizens Business Bank Arena where they will become the new Ontario Reign, while the ECHL team will move to New Hampshire retaining the Manchester Monarchs name.


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 2014-15 season, the Monarchs ditched the purple and gold colors of the Los Angeles Lakers that had been with the team since its inception, and adopted the same black and silver color scheme as one of Los Angeles' other pro sports team, the Kings.

On January 29, 2015, it was confirmed by the AHL via press conference that the Monarchs will relocate from Manchester, N.H., to Ontario, Calif. In return the Ontario Reign of the ECHL will move to Manchester to become the new ECHL Manchester Monarchs, the first ECHL team to play in New England.[4]


Current Roster[edit]

Updated May 10, 2015.[5][6]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
39 Canada Auger, JustinJustin Auger RW R 21 2014 Waterloo, Ontario Kings
16 United States Backman, SeanSean Backman (A) RW R 29 2013 White Plains, New York Monarchs
30 Czech Republic Bartosak, PatrikPatrik Bartosak G L 22 2014 Koprivnice, Czech Republic Kings
35 Canada Berube, Jean-FrancoisJean-Francois Berube G R 23 2011 Repentigny, Quebec Kings
15 Canada Bissonnette, PaulPaul Bissonnette LW L 30 2014 Welland, Ontario Monarchs
7 Canada Bodnarchuk, AndrewAndrew Bodnarchuk Injured Reserve D L 26 2012 Drumheller, Alberta Kings
12 United States Brodzinski, JohnnyJohnny Brodzinski RW R 21 2015 Blaine, Minnesota Kings/Monarchs (ATO)
21 Canada Crescenzi, AndrewAndrew Crescenzi C L 22 2014 Thornhill, Ontario Kings
26 United States Dowd, NicNic Dowd C R 24 2014 Huntsville, Alabama Kings
23 United States Ebert, NickNick Ebert D R 21 2014 Livingston, New Jersey Kings
3 United States Forbort, DerekDerek Forbort D L 23 2013 Duluth, Minnesota Kings
13 Canada Gratton, JoshJosh Gratton LW L 32 2014 Brantford, Ontario Monarchs
4 United States Gravel, KevinKevin Gravel D L 23 2014 Kingsford, Michigan Monarchs
24 Canada Horvat, RyanRyan Horvat LW L 22 2014 Simcoe, Ontario Monarchs
9 Sweden Kempe, AdrianAdrian Kempe RW L 18 2015 Kramfors, Sweden Kings/Monarchs (ATO)
40 Finland Lintuniemi, AlexAlex Lintuniemi D L 19 2015 Helsinki, Finland Kings/Monarchs (ATO)
5 United States LoVerde, VincentVincent LoVerde (C) D R 26 2012 Chicago, Illinois Kings
1 United States Mastalerz, SteveSteve Mastalerz G R 22 2015 Meriden, New Hampshire Monarchs (ATO)
27 United States Mersch, MichaelMichael Mersch LW L 22 2014 Park Ridge, Illinois Kings
6 Canada Miller, ColinColin Miller D R 22 2013 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Kings
10 Canada O'Brien, ZachZach O'Brien RW R 22 2013 St. John's, Newfoundland Monarchs
22 United States O'Neill, BrianBrian O'Neill RW R 26 2012 Yardley, Pennsylvania Kings
33 Canada Raine, KevinKevin Raine D R 21 2014 Dryden, Ontario Kings
25 Canada Sabourin, ScottScott Sabourin RW R 22 2013 Orleans, Ontario Kings
55 Canada Schultz, JeffJeff Schultz D L 29 2013 Calgary, Alberta Kings
37 United States Shore, NickNick Shore F R 22 2013 Denver, Colorado Kings
14 Canada Van der Gulik, DavidDavid Van der Gulik (A) LW L 32 2014 Abbotsford, British Columbia Kings
19 Canada Weal, JordanJordan Weal C R 23 2011 North Vancouver, British Columbia Kings

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)


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