New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
Take The Nation By Surprise!
Hooksett, NH-The New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Empire
team earned the title "NATIONAL JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP RUNNER-UP's"
with an impressive run in the USA Hockey Junior B National Tournament
in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The team swept their opponents in pool play
going 3-0 and winning their Division, before moving on to shutout the
Dubuque Thunderbirds (Ohio) by a score of 3-0 in the National Semi-Final
game. For more information on the impressive streak visit the tournament
website at: http://www.juniorbnationaltournament.com/
The Monarchs came up just short in their first ever
bid for a National Title, losing to the 4-time Champion, St. Louis
Jr. Blues in the Championship game. The Monarchs pulled off the Cinderella
story of the tournament by knocking off the Phoenix Polar Bears in
their first game by a score of 4-1. They went on to upset the Minnesota,
Ice Hawks in the second game 4-3 in an overtime thriller and then bounced
the Flint Generals from the National tournament by a score of 5-3 in
the third and final game of the round robin.
The Monarchs represented the Empire Junior Hockey League well by becoming
the first team in League history to make the frozen four, and play
for a National title. The Monarchs are in just their third season at
the Junior 'B' level and have come a long way in a short amount of
time. The Monarchs are now ranked #2 in the Country and will begin
2007/08 with that National ranking.
Head Coach Ryan Frew offered this about the National
run, "We played very good hockey in Grand Rapids. We knew that
we had the type of team that could compete on a National stage, but
we also knew that we would need to be playing our best hockey of the
year in order to get the results that we wanted. It was important that
we were responsible on the defensive side of the puck and my kids were.
You can't make too many mistakes in your own end with the caliber of
players that compete at that level. We certainly weren't the most skilled
team in Michigan, but this group of kids played like a team. It was
a team effort and every kid on the roster played hard and contributed
to the overall group effort. We believed in them and they believed
in themselves. I am proud of what we accomplished. They just raised
the bar for every kid that is looking to play in this organization
moving forward. This was about as rewarding of a coaching experience
that you can ask for. It was a special group of players here in New
Hampshire this season."
New Hampshire will be hosting tryouts from May 10-12 at the Tri-Town
Ice Arena in Hooksett, New Hampshire in an effort to recruit a team
that can compete for a National Title again next year. 14 players from
this season's team so far are headed to college or Junior 'A' and there
are roster spots looking to be filled at every position. Please visit
for more information.
This marked the first time in USA Hockey history that an organization
has had two teams playing for the National Championship at separate
levels. The Tier III Junior A EJHL Monarchs won the Championship. Congratulations
to the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs and the Head Coaches of both teams
Ryan Frew and Sean Tremblay.