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The Manchester Monarchs are an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They play in Manchestermarker, New Hampshiremarker at the Verizon Wireless Arenamarker. They have been the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings since 2001.

History

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 Providence. 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 was 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 champion Hershey Bears in four games.

Following their run in 2007, the Monarchs looked to have holes to fill, as 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.

Season-by-season results

Regular season

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals

for
Goals

against
Standing
2001–02 80 38 28 11 3 90 236 225 2nd, North
2002–03 80 40 23 11 6 97 254 209 2nd, North
2003–04 80 40 28 7 5 92 223 181 2nd, Atlantic
2004–05 80 51 21 4 4 110 258 176 1st, Atlantic
2005–06 80 43 30 3 4 93 236 230 3rd, Atlantic
2006–07 80 51 21 7 1 110 242 182 1st, Atlantic
2007–08 80 39 31 - 5 5 88 240 228 4th, Atlantic
2008–09 80 37 35 - 0 8 82 211 218 5th, Atlantic


Playoffs

Season 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
2001–02 L, 2–3, Hartford
2002–03 L, 0–3, Bridgeport
2003–04 L, 2–4, Worcester
2004–05 L, 2–4, Providence
2005–06 L, 3–4, Hartford
2006–07 W, 4–2, Worcester W, 4–2, Providence L, 0–4, Hershey
2007–08 L, 0–4, Providence



Current roster

As of November 23, 2009.[99019]

Goaltenders
# align=left Player Catches Acquired Place of birth Contract status

36 Jeff Zatkoff L 2008 Detroit, Michiganmarker Kings

45 Jonathan Bernier R 2008 Laval, Quebecmarker Kings


Defensemen
# align=left Player Shoots Acquired Place of birth Contract status

2 Andrew Campbell R 2008 Hamilton, Ontariomarker Kings

4 Drew Bagnall L 2007 Oakbank, Manitoba Kings

6 David Kolomatis R 2009 Livingston, New Jerseymarker Monarchs (PTO)

21 Alec Martinez L 2008 Rochester, Michiganmarker Kings

37 Thomas Hickey L 2009 Calgary, Albertamarker Kings

43 Joe Piskula R 2007 Antigo, Wisconsinmarker Kings

76 Viatcheslav Voynov R 2008 Chelyabinskmarker, Russiamarker Kings


Forwards
# align=left Player Shoots Acquired Place of birth Contract status

7 Patrick Mullen R 2009 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniamarker Kings

8 Geoff Walker R 2009 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Islandmarker Monarchs (SPC)

9 Bud Holloway R 2008 Wapella, Saskatchewanmarker Kings

10 Oscar Moller R 2008 Stockholmmarker, Swedenmarker Kings

11 Trevor Lewis R 2007 Salt Lake City, Utahmarker Kings

15 Kevin Westgarth R 2007 Amherstburg, Ontario Kings

16 Corey Elkins L 2009 West Bloomfield, Michiganmarker Kings

17 Richard Clune L 2008 Toronto, Ontariomarker Kings

22 Marc-Andre Cliche R 2007 Rouyn-Noranda, Quebecmarker Kings

25 Justin Azevedo R 2008 West Lorne, Ontario Kings

27 Juraj Mikus R 2009 Skalicamarker, Czechoslovakiamarker Kings

28 Gabe Gauthier L 2006 Torrance, Californiamarker Kings

40 John Zeiler R 2006 Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania Kings

55 David Meckler R 2007 Highland Park, Illinoismarker Kings



Note: SPC means Standard AHL Player's Contract. PTO means Professional Try-Out Agreement. ATO means Amateur Try-Out Agreement and is used when a player is signed on a try-out basis from Junior or College levels.

Team records

Single season

Goals: 46 Mike Cammalleri (2004–05)
Assists: 63 Mike Cammalleri (2004–05)
Points: 109 Mike Cammalleri (2004–05)
Penalty minutes: 322 Joe Rullier (2004–05)
GAA: 1.93 Adam Hauser (2004–05)
SV%: .933 Adam Hauser (2004–05)


Career

Career goals: 73 Noah Clarke
Career assists: 114 Steve Kelly
Career points: 170 Noah Clarke
Career penalty minutes: 807 Joe Rullier
Career goaltending wins: 44 Travis Scott
Career shutouts: 12 Adam Hauser
Career games: 268 Joe Rullier


Notable monarchs



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