Thank you for your support of the Manchester Monarchs, not only during the 2008-09 season, but throughout the team’s eight year history. I often reminisce about some of the great games and events we’ve had over the years. Great memories. How can we forget our first Opening Night on November 16, 2001? Or the 2005 Dodge AHL All-Star Classic? Each and every one of the Mullet Nights. Our exciting run to the 2007 Eastern Conference finals. Perhaps one day we will raise the Calder Cup and parade down Elm Street as Calder Cup champions!
There have been countless games and events that have taken place in Monarchs Country that make me reflect on the past and look toward the future:
Max getting kicked out of a game during the 2001-02 playoffs.
Travis Scott dropping the gloves with fellow goaltender Scott Meyer of Hartford in game three of the Calder Cup playoffs in April of 2002.
Pavel Rosa leading the AHL in scoring for the 2003-04 season with 88 points.
Michael Cammalleri collecting 109 points in 2004-05 to finish second in the AHL in points and first in goals.
Winning 20 of the first 21 games of the 2004-05 season and proceeding to a total of 110 points and a division title.
Jeff Giuliano scoring the first playoff overtime winning goal in franchise history, in double overtime in the 2005-06 Atlantic Division semifinals against Hartford.
Jason LaBarbera for MVP Night in April of 2007.
Over the years, we have enjoyed watching numerous Monarchs develop themselves and prepare for the National Hockey League. Among the notables are the great Dustin Brown who is now starring as Captain of the Los Angeles Kings, George Parros who became the first former Monarchs player to win the Stanley Cup (as a member of the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks), and former coach Bruce Boudreau who won the Jack Adams award as the NHL Coach of the Year in 2008. Other former Monarchs now playing in the NHL include Michael Cammalleri, Tim Gleason, Joe Corvo, Adam Mair, Cristobal Huet, Mathieu Garon, Jason Labarbara, Tom Kostopoulos, Denis Grebeshkov, Patrick O’Sullivan, Mike Weaver, Jerred Smithson, Jonathan Quick, Peter Harrold, Tim Jackman, Jeff Tambellini, David Steckel, and John Zeiler.
In addition to the games and the fun, we are proud that our Monarchs Care Foundation has donated more than $1.5 million in monetary and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout New Hampshire. Being a positive force in the community has always been an important priority for the organization and it will always remain so.
With our ninth season just 12 weeks away, we want input from you! Please take a moment to fill out a brief survey by clicking the link below. Most of the changes we have made over the past few years are a direct result of our fans’ feedback. We want to continue to provide the highest level of sports entertainment in New Hampshire and your suggestions and comments can help us do so.
Thank you again for your continuous support and enthusiasm! I look forward to seeing you in the fall when we drop the puck!