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Monarchs won’t bring back Coach Morris for a ninth season

Less than a week after being knocked out of the AHL playoffs, the Manchester Monarchs announced yesterday that they will not renew the contract of Coach Mark Morris.

Morris, just the third coach in the team’s 13-year history, compiled a regular-season record of 338-224-27-39 during his eight seasons with the team. His playoff record was 26-32, and this season the Monarchs were bounced out in the first round despite being the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Morris is the winningest coach in team history with 338 regular-season victories and 26 playoff wins.

“We appreciate the job Mark has done for us in Manchester,” Los Angeles Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi said in a statement. “The team’s success on the ice during his tenure and his contributions in helping prepare our young players to be successful at the NHL level have been key contributors to the success of our organization as a whole. These ideals will continue to be a priority for us going forward and we wish Mark the utmost success as there is no doubt he is ready for the next step in his career.”

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