Greensboro Monarchs

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Greensboro Monarchs
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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 ownership obtained an expansion franchise in 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 ownership renamed the new franchise the Carolina Monarchs and played in the AHL for the 1995–96 season before their lease was revoked by the Greensboro Coliseum when the Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League (NHL) moved temporarily to Greensboro and became the Carolina Hurricanes of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]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes.

Regular Season Playoffs
Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA PIM Standing Year 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Riley Cup
1989–90 60 29 27 4 0 62 263 283 1875 4th of 8, ECHL 1990 W, 3–1, VIR W, 2–0, ERI W, 4–1, W-S
1990–91 64 34 27 3 0 71 275 268 2148 3rd of 6, West Div. 1991 W, 3–1, CIN W, 4–0, LOU L, 1–4, H-R
1991–92 64 43 17 4 0 90 297 252 2436 1st of 7, East Div. 1992 W, 4–3, RNK BYE L, 1–3, HAM
1992–93 64 33 29 2 0 68 256 261 2704 6th of 7, East Div. 1993 L, 0–1, ERI
1993–94 68 41 21 2 4 88 319 262 2181 3rd of 7, East Div. 1994 W, 2–1, CHR L, 2–3, RAL
1994–95 68 31 28 9 0 71 277 293 2664 5th of 6. East Div. 1995 W, 3–0, CHR W, 3–2, DAY W, 3–2, NVL L, 1–4, RMD
Preceded by
Carolina Thunderbirds
Riley Cup Champions
1989–90
Succeeded by
Hampton Roads Admirals