New Hampshire Junior Monarchs

The New Hampshire Junior Monarchs are a junior and youth ice hockey organization from Hooksett, New Hampshire, with teams in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL). Its highest level junior team plays in the USPHL's National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC).

New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
CityHooksett, New Hampshire
LeagueUSPHL
Founded1993
Home arenaTri-Town Ice Arena.[1]
ColorsPurple, black, gold, white
                   
General managerRyan Frew
Head coachRyan Frew
MediaNew Hampshire Union Leader
Franchise history
1993–1995Granite State Stars
1995–1999Great Northern Snow Devils
1999–2001Exeter Snow Devils
2001–presentNew Hampshire Jr. Monarchs

History

The franchise was a charter member of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) in 1993. For the first two seasons, they were known as the Granite State Stars located in Dover, New Hampshire, then they moved to Biddeford, Maine and were known as the Great Northern Snow Devils. In 1999 they moved to Exeter, New Hampshire, and were known as the Exeter Snow Devils, before moving to Hooksett in 2001 and becoming the Junior Monarchs.

In 2013, Tier III junior hockey leagues underwent a large reorganization, which included the Monarchs joining the Atlantic Junior Hockey League (AtJHL). The Atlantic Junior Hockey League then re-branded itself as the Eastern Hockey League (EHL).

In December 2016, it was announced that the Monarchs were leaving the EHL for the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) beginning in the 2017–18 season and transferring their teams to the corresponding Premier, Elite, U18, and U16 divisions.[2] The Jr. Monarchs then added a tuition-free team in the National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) of the USPHL beginning in 2018.[3]

Team members and regular season

The Junior Monarchs hold tryouts in April.[4] The majority of players must be between the ages of 16 and 20, though select players age 14 and up may be considered. The season starts the day after Labor Day and playoffs finish during the third week of March each year. The schedule includes 44 EHL regular season games plus three rounds of playoffs.

Coach

Sean Tremblay was the General Manager and Head Coach of the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs.[5] He has won the EJHL's 'Coach of the Year,' award in 1997, 2002, and 2006, and was named 'Junior Coach of the Year' by Hockey Night in Boston in 2002, 2004, and 2006. In August 2006 he assisted the USA Under-17 Select Team to a Gold Medal in the Three Nations Tournament,[6] has been the Coaching Director for USA Hockey in New Hampshire for the past five years, and conducts coaching clinics for all youth coaches in the state to ensure adherence to the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program.

Tremblay was a two-time all state goaltender out of Biddeford, ME and is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine.

Season-by-season records

SeasonGPWLTOTLPtsGFGARegular Season FinishPlayoffs
Granite State Stars
1993–94No information
1994–95No information
Great Northern Snow Devils
1995–96No information
1996–97No information
1997–983722141451681363rd of 8, EJHLNo information
1998–993718163391511274th of 8, EJHLNo information
Exeter Snow Devils
1999–00402596561941362nd of 11, EJHLNo information
2000–01No information5th EJHLLost Quarterfinal game, 4–5 vs. New England Jr. Coyotes[7]
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
2001–02383521071214701st of 6, North
1st of 12, EJHL
Won Quarterfinal game, 8–1 vs. Capital District Selects
Won Semifinal game, 4-1 vs. Walpole Stars
Won Championship game, 2–1 vs. New York Apple Core
League Champions[8]
2002–033825760571791012nd of 6, North
4th of 12, EJHL
Lost Quarterfinals, 1–2 vs. New England Jr. Coyotes[9]
2003–04383142165197892nd of 6, North
2nd of 12, EJHL
Won Quarterfinals vs. New York Apple Core
Won Semifinal game, 6–5 vs. Capital District Selects
Won Championship game, 6–3 vs. Boston Jr. Bruins
League Champions[10]
2004–055236952792171392nd of 6, North
2nd of 13, EJHL
Won Quarterfinals, 2–0 vs. Capital District Selects
Won Semifinal game, 7–3 vs. Valley Jr. Warriors
Lost Championship game vs. Boston Jr. Bruins[11]
2005–064538430792271071st of 7, North
1st of 14, EJHL
Won Quarterfinals, 2–0 vs. Bay State Breakers
Won Semifinal game, 4–3 (OT) vs. Walpole Stars[12]
Won Championship game, 6–5 (OT) vs. Boston Jr. Bruins[13]
League Champions
2006–074538511782231161st of 7, North
1st of 14, EJHL
Won Quarterfinals, 2–0 vs. Foxboro Stars
Won Semifinals, 1–0–1 vs. New England Junior Huskies
Won Finals, 2–0 vs. Bay State Breakers
League Champions
2007–08453292268187971st of 7, North
1st of 14, EJHL
Won Quarterfinals, 1–1 vs. Bay State Breakers
Won Semifinals, 1–1 vs. Boston Jr. Bruins
Lost Finals, 0–2 vs. Jersey Hitmen
2008–094535541752191191st of 7, North
1st of 14, EJHL
Won Quarterfinals, 1–1 vs. South Shore Kings
Won Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Bay State Breakers
Lost Finals, 1–2 vs. Jersey Hitmen
2009–104536540762441081st of 7, North
1st of 14, EJHL
Won Quarterfinals, 2–0 vs. New York Apple Core
Won Semifinals, 1–0 vs. Boston Jr. Bruins
Won Finals, 1–0 vs. South Shore Kings
League Champions
2010–11453842179233961st of 7, North
2nd of 14, EJHL
Won Quarterfinals, 2–0 vs. Valley Jr. Warriors
Won Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Boston Jr. Bruins
Won Finals, 2–0 vs. Jersey Hitmen
League Champions
2011–124530141611941172nd of 7, North
3rd of 14, EJHL
Won Quarterfinals, 2–0 vs. Bay State Breakers
Won Semifinals, 2–1 vs. South Shore Kings
Won Finals, 2–0 vs. Jersey Hitmen
League Champions
2012–134523202481411585th of 7, North
9th of 14, EJHL
Won First Round vs. Springfield Pics
Lost Quarterfinals vs. Jersey Hitmen
Eastern Hockey League
2013–14443581071182891st of 5, North
2nd of 17, EHL
Won First Round, 2–0 vs. New Jersey Junior Titans
Won Quarterfinals, 2–0 vs. Valley Jr. Warriors
Won Semifinals, 2–1 vs. Boston Bandits
Lost Finals, 2–3 vs. Northern Cyclones
2014–15443471271159891st of 5, North
2nd of 19, EHL
Won First Round, 2–0 vs. New Jersey Rockets
Won Quarterfinals, 2–1 vs. New York Bobcats
Lost Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Northern Cyclones
2015–16412876621791092nd of 9, North Conf.
3rd of 18, EHL-Premier
Won First Round, 2–0 vs. Vermont Lumberjacks
Won Second Round, 2–1 vs. Northern Cyclones
Won Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Connecticut Oilers
Won Finals, 3–0 vs. Philadelphia Little Flyers
League Champions
2016–174833114701711141st of 4, New England Div.
1st of 9, North Conf.

3rd of 17, EHL-Premier
Won First Round, 2–0 vs. Boston Bandits
Won Quarterfinals, 2–0 vs. Northern Cyclones
Lost Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Philadelphia Junior Flyers
United States Premier Hockey League
2017–18443581712181001st of 9, North Div.
4th of 44, USPHL-Premier
Won First Round, 2–0 vs. Rochester Monarchs
Lost Quarterfinals, 1–2 vs. Northern Cyclones-Premier
2018–195027185591571475th of 12, NCDCLost Quarterfinals, 0–2 vs. Islanders Hockey Club

USA Hockey Tier III Junior A National Championships

Round robin play in pool with top 4 teams advancing to semi-final.

YearRound RobinRecordStandingSemifinalChampionship Game
2007*[14]W, Northern Cyclones (AtJHL) 9-2W, Bay State Breakers 5-1
National Champions
2008[15]W, El Paso Rhinos (WSHL) 11-4
W, Dubuque Thunderbirds (CSHL) 3-2
W, Minnesota Owls (MnJHL) 8-1
3-0-01st of 4
Div. III
W, Northern Cyclones (AtJHL) 9-4W, Jersey Hitmen (EJHL) 5-2
National Champions
2009[16]W, El Paso Rhinos (WSHL) 7-2
W, New York Bobcats (AtJHL) 6-2
W, Helena Bighorns (NorPac) 6-3
3-0-01st of 4
Div. I
W, Granite City Lumberjacks (MnJHL) 4-2W, Jersey Hitmen (EJHL) 3-2
National Champions
2010[17]W, Boulder Bison (WSHL) 10-0
W, Dubuque Thunderbirds (CSHL) 3-2
T, Helena Bighorns (NorPac) 3-3
2-0-11st of 4
Div. I
L, St. Louis Jr. Blues (CSHL) 1-2
2011[18]The EJHL did not send representatives to this tournament
2012[19]OTW, Atlanta Junior Knights (EJHL South) 2-1
W, Philadelphia Revolution (EJHL) 9-3
W, Mass Maple Leafs (ESHL) 9-1
3-0-01st of 4
American Div. II
W, Florida Jr. Blades (EmJHL) 6-1W, Mass Maple Leafs (ESHL) 4-1
National Champions
2014**[20]L, Boston Jr. Bruins (USPHL-Premier) 3-5
W, Marquette Royales (MnJHL) 7-2
W, Helena Bighorns (AWHL) 5-3
2-1-02nd of 4
Red Pool
Did not qualify
2016Tier III Nationals not held in 2016
* - unverified scores
** - Monarchs win one game playoff with the Boston Junior Rangers (MetJHL) and named "HOST"

Notable alumni

The Jr. Monarchs have produced a number of alumni playing in higher levels of junior hockey, NCAA Division I, Division III, and ACHA college programs[21] including several National Hockey League draft picks.

Notes and references

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