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.
|City||Manchester, New Hampshire|
|Home arena||SNHU Arena|
|Owner(s)||PPI Sports, LLC|
|General manager||Doug Christiansen|
|Head coach||Doug Christiansen|
|Affiliates||Los Angeles Kings (NHL)|
Ontario Reign (AHL)
|Division Championships||1 (2015–16)|
After four seasons in the ECHL, the Monarchs ceased operations when the organization failed to find new ownership.
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. 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".
Prior to their second season, the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) sold the Monarchs to PPI Sports, LLC on August 2, 2016. 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. At the end of the 2018–19 ECHL season, the team was unable to find new ownership and ceased operations. The league then revoked the franchise license.
|Season||GP||W||L||OTL||SOL||Pts||GF||GA||Standing||Year||1st round||2nd round||3rd round||Kelly Cup|
|2015–16||72||39||24||4||5||87||222||213||1st, East Div.||2016||L, 1–4, ADK||—||—||—|
|2016–17||72||37||24||7||4||85||264||252||4th, North Div.||2017||W, 4–2, ADK||W, 4–2, BRM||L, 3–4, SC||—|
|2017–18||72||41||25||3||3||88||257||214||2nd, North Div.||2018||W, 4–0, REA||L, 2–4, ADK||—||—|
|2018–19||72||39||29||2||2||82||233||232||3rd, North Div.||2019||W, 4–1, ADK||L, 2–4, NFL||—||—|
- "Monarchs Name Doug Christiansen Head Coach". OurSportsCentral.com. Jun 13, 2018.
- "Reign Become the AHL Affiliate of LA Kings". Ontario Reign. January 30, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
- "Monarchs to Join ECHL in 2015–16". Manchester Monarchs. January 30, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
- "Manchester Monarchs Sold to PPI Sports". Arena Digest. August 2, 2016.
- "Want to buy a hockey team? The Monarchs are for sale". New Hampshire Union Leader. January 18, 2019.
- "Monarchs pull the plug on professional hockey in Manchester". New Hampshire Union Leader. May 15, 2019.
- "MANCHESTER MEMBERSHIP TERMINATED". ECHL. May 20, 2019.