|2014–15 Manchester Monarchs season|
|City||Manchester, New Hampshire|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Home arena||Verizon Wireless Arena|
|Owner(s)||Anschutz Entertainment Group|
|General manager||Rob Blake|
|Head coach||Mike Stothers|
|Media||New Hampshire Union Leader
WGIR (610 AM)
WMUR-TV (channel 9)
|Affiliates||Los Angeles Kings
Ontario Reign (ECHL)
|Regular season titles||1 (2014–15)|
|Division Championships||4 (2004–05), (2006–07), (2013–14), (2014-15)|
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 move to Ontario, California and play at Citizens Business Bank Arena where they will become the Ontario Reign and remain affiliated with the Los Angeles Kings. Manchester will not be left without an ice hockey team as the Ontario Reign of the ECHL will move to Manchester to become the Manchester Monarchs (ECHL).
In 1999, 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. 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.
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 it's 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.
- Dane Jackson, 2001–2003
- Richard Seeley, 2003–2004
- Chris Schmidt, 2004–2005
- Richard Seeley, 2005–2006
- Brendan Buckley, 2006–2007
- Jon Klemm, 2007–2008
- Gabe Gauthier, 2007–2008
- Marty Murray, 2008–2009
- Drew Bagnall, 2009–2010
- Marc-Andre Cliche, 2010–2013
- Andrew Campbell, 2013–2014
- Vincent LoVerde, 2014-
- Jonathan Quick
- Justin Azevedo
- Jonathan Bernier
- Brian Boyle
- Dustin Brown
- Mike Cammalleri
- Andrew Campbell
- Marc-Andre Cliche
- Kyle Clifford
- Joe Corvo
- Alexandre Daigle
- Ted Donato
- Davis Drewiske
- Mathieu Garon
- Tim Gleason
- Denis Grebeshkov
- Steve Heinze
- Cristobal Huet
- Tim Jackman
- Dwight King
- Tom Kostopoulos
- Jason LaBarbera
- Andrei Loktionov
- Alec Martinez
- Oscar Moller
- Matt Moulson
- Jake Muzzin
- Jordan Nolan
- George Parros
- Teddy Purcell
- Brayden Schenn
- Vyacheslav Voynov
- Kevin Westgarth
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
|2009–10||80||43||28||3||6||95||.594||213||200||3rd, Atlantic||2010||W, 4–0, POR||W, 4–2, WOR||L, 2–4, HER||—|
|2010–11||80||44||26||4||6||98||.613||255||209||2nd, Atlantic||2011||L, 3–4, BNG||—||—||—|
|2011–12||76||39||32||2||3||83||.546||207||208||2nd, Atlantic||2012||L, 1–3, NOR||—||—||—|
|2012–13||76||37||32||3||4||81||.493||219||209||3rd, Atlantic||2013||L, 1–3, SPR||—||—||—|
|2013–14||76||48||19||3||6||105||.691||244||188||1st, Atlantic||2014||L, 1–3, NOR||—||—||—|
- 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 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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