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Jan 30, 2015 9:23 PM

Monarchs moving but hockey will stay in Manchester

The Manchester Monarchs addressed their future Friday, noting that the AHL team will be moving out west next season.

"If we really want to develop our guys we need to get them a little bit closer we need to shorten up the travelling and then that was the main thing," said LA Kings Business Operations President Luc Robitaille.

But hockey isn't being put on ice in the queen city. The Monarchs will have a team next year in the ECHL. They'll play hockey at the Verizon Wireless Arena for the next six years.

"This family is going to continue and we're excited about it and we're going to remain very very active and we're just happy that we're going to call Manchester home," said Monarchs Executive VP Matt Welch.

The LA Kings are essentially swapping their farm teams. One team going out to California and then the other team coming here to Manchester. And fans are happy that the Monarchs name is staying here in the Granite State."

"We will still certainly come to some games and test it out see what that leagues like see what that team's like," said Monarchs fan Kristen McGraw.

Fans at Friday's game have mixed emotions to the hockey change.

"We're sad they're leaving but we're looking forward to see what the new one can do for us I guess," said Monarchs fan Kristen McGraw.


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