Manchester Monarchs (ECHL)

The Manchester Monarchs were a professional ice hockey team in the ECHL which began play in the 2015–16 season. Based in Manchester, New Hampshire, and affiliated with the National Hockey League's Los Angeles Kings, the team played its home games at the SNHU Arena.

Manchester Monarchs
CityManchester, New Hampshire
LeagueECHL
ConferenceEastern
DivisionNorth
Founded1993
Folded2019
Home arenaSNHU Arena
Colors         
Owner(s)PPI Sports, LLC
General managerDoug Christiansen[1]
Head coachDoug Christiansen
AffiliatesLos Angeles Kings (NHL)
Ontario Reign (AHL)
Franchise history
1993–2000Huntington Blizzard
2003–2008Texas Wildcatters
2008–2015Ontario Reign
2015–2019Manchester Monarchs
Championships
Division Championships1 (2015–16)

The Monarchs replaced the American Hockey League team of the same name, which played from 2001 until 2015, after which they moved to Ontario, California, and became the Ontario Reign.

After four seasons in the ECHL, the Monarchs ceased operations when the organization failed to find new ownership.

History

On January 29, 2015, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they would be moving their AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, to Ontario, California, as one of five charter members of the AHL's new Pacific Division.[2] The next day, they announced that their ECHL affiliate, the current Ontario Reign, would move to Manchester and take on the Monarchs name in what is essentially a "franchise swap".[3]

Prior to their second season, the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) sold the Monarchs to PPI Sports, LLC on August 2, 2016.[4] AEG also owns the AHL Ontario Reign and a stake in the Los Angeles Kings. Kings president Luc Robitaille stated that the Monarchs would continue to be affiliated with the Kings and Reign despite the team no longer being under the same ownership as their NHL and AHL teams.

On January 18, 2019, the Monarchs were announced as seeking new owners.[5] At the end of the 2018–19 ECHL season, the team was unable to find new ownership and ceased operations.[6] The league then revoked the franchise license.[7]

Season-by-season records

Regular season Playoffs
SeasonGPWLOTLSOLPtsGFGAStandingYear1st round2nd round3rd roundKelly Cup
2015–1672392445872222131st, East Div.2016L, 1–4, ADK
2016–1772372474852642524th, North Div.2017W, 4–2, ADKW, 4–2, BRML, 3–4, SC
2017–1872412533882572142nd, North Div.2018W, 4–0, REAL, 2–4, ADK
2018–1972392922822332323rd, North Div.2019W, 4–1, ADKL, 2–4, NFL

References

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