Ian Clark's On Hockey: Monarchs introduce new coach
New Monarchs head coach Mike Stothers speaks at a press conference in the Monarchs' locker room at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester on Wednesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
The Stothers File► Mike Stothers is the fourth head coach in the 13-year history of the franchise, following Mark Morris (2006-2014), Jim Hughes (2005-06) and Bruce Boudreau (2001-2005).
► A defenseman, Stothers was a first round draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers (21st overall) in 1980 and went on to play 11 pro seasons, mostly in the AHL with the Maine Mariners and Hershey Bears.
► Stothers was a player-coach before hanging up his skates, serving as both with Hershey in 1991-92. He is the all-time penalty minutes leader in Hershey history with 1,519.
► He won a Calder Cup as an assistant with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 1998.
► Stothers resides in Owen Sound, Ontario, in the offseason. He and his wife, Judi, have two adult daughters.
The 52-year-old Toronto native was introduced as the fourth head coach of the Manchester Monarchs at a press conference at Verizon Wireless Arena Wednesday.
“I spent the better part of my playing career in the American Hockey League and was fortunate to win a Calder Cup as a player and as a coach,” Stothers said. “I know how exciting it can be.”
“I think it goes hand in hand. I think players develop in a winning environment and certainly you want to be competitive,” Stothers said. “Every organization’s dream should be to win a championship.”
“Certainly a Calder Cup here in Manchester would be very nice and something we’re striving for,” he said. “I’m not going to stand here and guarantee it in July, but it’s certainly a goal of ours.”
Stothers has also been getting up to speed on the Monarchs players and the playing style preached in Los Angeles.
“Sometimes it’s good to step back into the tounger age bracket and get yourself reacquainted or more familiar with the younger guys and the younger way of thinking,” he said. “The game has evolved and I think you have to do so as a coach.”
Berube inks deal: The Kings announced Wednesday that they have agreed to terms on a new two-year contract for restricted free agent goaltender Jean-Francois Berube.
The 23-year-old Berube is a Quebec native and turned in an excellent rookie season this past year after Martin Jones was called up to L.A. as the permanent backup to Jonathan Quick.
Ian Clark covers pro hockey for the New Hampshire Sunday News and Union Leader. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.