Greensboro Monarchs

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Greensboro Monarchs
City Greensboro, North Carolina
League East Coast Hockey League
Division West (1990–1991)
East (1991–1995)
Founded 1989
Operated 1989–1995
Home arena Greensboro Coliseum
Colors Red, White, Blue
Head coach Jeff Brubaker (1989–1995)
Franchise history
1989–1995 Greensboro Monarchs

The Greensboro Monarchs were a professional ice hockey team based in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Monarchs joined the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) as an expansion franchise prior to the start of the 1989-90 season and surrendered the franchise back to the League when the Monarchs joined the American Hockey League (AHL) at the conclusion of the 1994-95 ECHL season.

History[edit]

The Monarchs played in the ECHL from 1989 until 1995, reaching the playoffs in every season. They won the "Riley Cup" in their inaugural season, beating the Winston-Salem Thunderbirds four games to one. Goalie Wade Flaherty would be named Playoff MVP. The Monarchs would also reach the Riley Cup Finals in 1991 and 1995.

With some of the owners voting to enter the higher level American Hockey League, the franchise was canceled by the ECHL. The re-named Carolina Monarchs then played in the AHL for the 1995-1996 season before their lease was revoked by the Greensboro Coliseum when the Hartford Whalers from Connecticut of the National Hockey League (NHL) moved temporarily to Greensboro with its large Coliseum and became the new Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL. The Hurricanes have since settled into their new Arena in their permanent home at Raleigh, North Carolina.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season Games Won Lost OTL SOL Points GF GA PIM Playoffs
1989–90 60 29 27 4 0 62 263 283 1875 Won Championship
1990–91 64 34 27 3 0 71 275 268 2148 Lost In Finals
1991–92 64 43 17 4 0 90 297 252 2436 Lost In Round 3
1992–93 64 33 29 2 0 68 256 261 2704 Lost In Round 1
1993–94 68 41 21 2 4 88 319 262 2181 Lost In Round 2
1994–95 68 31 28 9 0 71 277 293 2664 Lost In Finals
6 seasons 388 211 149 24 4 450 1487 1619 14008 6 appearances
Preceded by
Carolina Thunderbirds
Riley Cup Champions
1989-90
Succeeded by
Hampton Roads Admirals