Catching Up With Kings Top Prospect Valentin Zykov

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After three years in the QMJHL, Valentin Zykov’s junior career has likely come to an end. His team was recently eliminated from the playoffs, meaning he was free to be assigned to an LA Kings affiliate. Though he officially has not joined the Manchester Monarchs, the Russian forward is in Manchester and has been practicing […]

Gravel Impressing During AHL Rookie Season

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For a defensive-defenseman, being compared to two-time Stanley Cup winner Rob Scuderi is high praise. Yet, during his first three years at St. Cloud State University, Michigan-native Kevin Gravel did just that and looked destined for a future spot on the Los Angeles Kings blueline.
Then, Gravel was left with a decision – sign a professional contract […]

Ahead Of Deadline, Richards Talks Trade Possibility

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It’s that time of year again – the NHL’s trade deadline is upon us. With the deadline set for noon Pacific on March 2, there is less than 24 hours until team’s have to finalize roster moves for their playoff pushes. While a plethora of players have swapped jerseys in the last week, one player […]

Former Coach on Sekera – “One of my favorite players ever”

In 21 years of coaching hockey at the professional and major junior level, Manchester Monarchs coach Mike Stothers has seen hundreds upon hundreds of players take the ice for his various squads. From Mark Recchi and Bobby Ryan to Gino Odjick and PJ Stock, Stothers has worked with a wide variety of player-types.
On Wednesday, the […]

INTERVIEW: Catching Up With Mike Richards

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While rumors continue to swirl about his future (this article is a must read), Mike Richards has continued to go about his business as a member of the Manchester Monarchs. In six games with the team, he has collected two goals and six assists, totaling eight points. Two of those points came on Saturday, as […]

Berube Finds Consistency In Net

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As the saying goes, slow and steady wins the race. LA Kings prospect JF Berube hopes to prove this old adage true.
While some prospects fast-track themselves towards a NHL job, Berube has taken a more scenic path. In Jonathan Quick’s first professional season, the goalie saw NHL action, something Berube hasn’t seen as he is […]

Mike Richards Talks Skipping White House Visit

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There are many perks to winning a major sports championship. Parades through the city, diamond-filled rings, and raising banners are commonplace for teams who win it all in their respective sports. Mike Richards experienced all of those as a member of the LA Kings after winning two Stanley Cups in three seasons.
Earlier this week, he […]

UPDATED: AHL West Official Announcement Set for Thursday

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At Sunday’s AHL Board of Governors meeting in upstate New York, a vote was taken to finalize the plan to create an AHL West division (a concept first reported on by MayorsManor last spring). All parties were bound to silence regarding the closed door discussion by league president Dave Andrews. However, we have learned that relocation […]

AHL: Berube backstops Monarchs to victory

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Almost anyone in the hockey world will tell you about the importance of good goaltending. While the Manchester Monarchs came into the season with some question marks on their roster, they had the benefit of knowing JF Berube would solidify the position that is so crucial to a winning team. On Friday in Portland, Berube […]

Andreoff “a little shocked” over conditioning stint

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For professional hockey players, the course to being an NHL regular is no easy feat. Even when you work hard enough and progress enough to make an NHL roster, there is no guarantee you will draw into the lineup on a nightly basis. This is a lesson that Andy Andreoff has had to learn the […]