|League||Western States Hockey League|
|Home arena||Gateway Ice Center|
|Owner(s)||Central Valley Community Sports Foundation
(Jeff Blair, owner)
|Head coach||Kevin Kaminski (2016–17)|
The Fresno Monsters are an Amateur Athletic Union-sanctioned Tier II junior ice hockey team based in Fresno, California. The team is a member of the Western States Hockey League and plays in the Western Division. The Monsters' home venue is Gateway Ice Center in Fresno, California, previously the practice facility to the now defunct Fresno Falcons of the ECHL.
The Monsters were announced in spring 2009, filling a void for hockey in Fresno after the Fresno Falcons folded. The team began play in mid-September 2009, playing in the Tier III Jr. A Western States Hockey League. On December 15, 2009 the Monsters announced the organization was given expansion approval into the Tier II North American Hockey League for the 2010–11 season and Fresno would host two levels of junior hockey for the first time. On May 23, 2013, it was revealed the Monsters' North American Hockey League franchise would move to Wenatchee, Washington and become the second Wenatchee Wild. The Monsters would continue to field a team in the Western States Hockey League under the same ownership of David White and Shoot the Puck, Inc.
On March 22, 2016, after six seasons coaching the WSHL Monsters, head coach and general manager Bryce Dale stepped down from his positions with the organization. In June 2016, David White sold the Monsters to the Central Valley Community Sports Foundation, led by Jeff Blair. Former Monsters' assistant coach, Jason Rivera, was then named head coach but replaced by former NHL enforcer, Kevin "Killer" Kaminski prior to the season.
Western States Hockey League team (2009–present)
|2009–10||49||41||5||3||85||264||94||1,516||1st of 8, Western||Won Div. Semifinals vs. San Diego Gulls
Lost Div. Finals, 1–2 vs. Phoenix Polar Bears
|2010–11||46||36||8||2||74||220||119||1,233||2nd of 8, Western||Lost Div. Semifinals vs. Phoenix Polar Bears|
|2011–12||46||43||2||1||87||264||93||1,281||1st of 6, Western
1st of 16, WSHL
|Won Div. Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Arizona RedHawks
Won Div. Finals, 2–1 vs. Valencia Flyers
0–3–0 in Thorne Cup Finals Round Robin
(L, 1–3 vs. Jr. Steelheads; L, 3–6 vs. Ice Jets; L, 2–3 vs. Rhinos)
|2012–13||46||32||13||1||65||208||114||1,326||1st of 6, Western
4th of 22, WSHL
|Won Div. Semifinals, 2–0 vs. San Diego Gulls
Lost Div. Finals, 1–2 vs. Bay Area Seals
0–2–0 in Thorne Cup Finals Round Robin (wild card)
(L, 3–4 vs. Jr. Steelheads; L, 3–8 vs. Rhinos)
|2013–14||46||37||5||4||78||240||122||1,367||1st of 6, Western
3rd of 24, WSHL
|Won Div. Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Long Beach Bombers
Won Div. Finals, 2–0 vs. Ontario Avalanche
2–1–0 in Thorne Cup Finals Round Robin
(W, 6–3 vs. Jr. Brahmas; OTW, 4–3 vs. Jr. Steelheads; L, 1–3 vs. Knights)
Lost Thorne Cup Semifinal game, 2–3 vs. Idaho Jr. Steelheads
|2014–15||46||38||7||1||77||301||94||1,257||1st of 8, Western
3rd of 28, WSHL
|Div. Quarterfinals, Bye
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–0 vs. San Diego Gulls
Won Div. Finals, 2–1 vs. Valencia Flyers
Lost Conf. Finals, 0–2 vs. Idaho Jr. Steelheads
|2015–16||52||36||12||4||76||267||147||1,214||3rd of 8, Western
9th of 29, WSHL
|Won Div. Quarterfinals, 2–0 vs. Arizona Hawks
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Long Beach Bombers
|2016–17||52||25||22||5||55||224||237||1,084||5th of 8, Western
16th of 27, WSHL
|Lost Div. Quarterfinals, 0–2 vs. Las Vegas Storm|
North American Hockey League team (2010–2013)
|2010–11||58||19||34||5||43||158||243||1,635||6th of 6, West||Did not qualify|
|2011–12||60||27||23||10||64||167||179||1,454||5th of 6, West||Did not qualify|
|2012–13||60||18||35||7||43||139||224||1,115||4th of 4, West||Lost Div. Semifinals, 2–3 vs. Wenatchee Wild|
- "WSHL Official Website".
- "Gateway Ice Center Facebook page".
- "The Monster Mash". Junior Hockey Magazine. October 4, 2010.
- "Fresno Monsters Looking for a Head Coach". Junior Hockey News. March 23, 2016.
- "Bryce Dale Steps Down after 6 Seasons Behind the Bench". Fresno Monsters. March 22, 2016.
- "Former Washington Capitals Kevin "Killer" Kaminski named as new Head Coach". Fresno Monsters. October 26, 2016.
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