Jun 16, 2015 10:41 PM

Fans celebrate, say farewell to Monarchs


MANCHESTER - The Monarchs got an all-star reception as they raised the team's first ever championship banner.

"If they could just put it up and hang it there where it's going to hang permanently. That would've been nice," said Monarchs fan Linda O'Clair.

The team's first Calder Cup title will also be its last. Tonight's celebration also served as a farewell as the team heads out to California next year.

The Monarchs have called Manchester home since 2001. They've been around as long as the Verizon Wireless Arena. Fans we spoke with say it's bittersweet to see the team go but they're glad they're leaving on a high note"

"Last year was a disappointment but what a way to go out," said Monarchs fan Andy Crone.

The Monarchs name will stay in Manchester. An ECHL team will take over next year. Some fans feel it won't be the same.

"These guys are going to go up the levels and get better and we could just say we saw them," said O'Clair.

A triumphant victory also serving as a final farewell.


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