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Monarchs name longtime coach Mark Stothers their new head coach

New coach for Monarchs

Mark Stothers was named the new head coach of the Manchester Monarchs yesterday, replacing Mark Morris, whose contract was not renewed after last season.

Stothers has 30-plus years of professional hockey experience as both a player and coach. He most recently served as head coach of the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League for the last three seasons (2011-14). He has also served as head coach for Grand Rapids of the AHL (2007-08) and Owen Sound of the OHL (2002-07). As an assistant, his coaching stops include the Atlanta Thrashers (2010-11) and Philadelphia Flyers (2000-02) in the NHL, and the Philadelphia Phantoms (1996-2000) and Hershey Bears (1991-96) of the AHL.

Before taking up coaching, Stothers had an 11-year career as a defenseman in the AHL and also played 35 games in the NHL, including five in the postseason, with the Flyers and his hometown Maple Leafs between 1984-88. He totaled two points (both assists) and 65 penalty minutes. He was a first-round (21st overall) pick by the Flyers in the 1980 NHL Draft.

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