BC-HKO--Manchester Monarchs-Last Season
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Manchester Monarchs says this past season was the hockey team’s last.
The Monarchs said Wednesday after “many years of investment and financial support,” first from the Los Angeles Kings organization and ultimately by an investor group, and after seeking assistance from the city, state and the SNHU Arena, it decided this would be its last season.
SNHU Arena officials said they were surprised by the news.
Tim Bechert, senior general manager of SNHU, said the New Hampshire arena will begin researching a new professional team to bring to Manchester.
The Monarchs played for 18 seasons in Manchester, first as an AHL affiliate of the Kings before trading places with the Ontario Reign, the Kings’ affiliate in the ECHL. The ECHL team retained the Monarchs name after moving to Manchester.