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Rochester Jr. Monarchs Excited for Year One in USPHL

By USA Junior Hockey Magazine, 06/22/16, 2:00PM EDT


After a void was created in the Rochester junior hockey community, the Rochester Jr. Monarchs were quick to start up and provide a seamless transition for junior (and Midget-aged) players in the upstate New York city.


“We are an organization that is all about development and all about getting kids to the next level, whether that be a higher level of junior or college hockey,” said David Leaderer, the head coach of the organization’s USPHL Elite team and also director of player development.


“We’re as much about development off the ice as on the ice. We want our players to be good hockey players and citizens.”


The Monarchs will include teams at the Elite, 18U and 16U levels in the USPHL. The Monarchs will also be reviewed for a potential USPHL franchise in two years.


The general manager of the Monarchs is former Buffalo Sabres standout and fan favorite Rory Fitzpatrick, who played in more than 500 AHL games and 307 NHL contests.


Leaderer, who played minor pro after a Division 1 career with the University of Massachusetts, has coached 14U hockey since his playing career ended.


He will coach the Elite, while Ryan Gage (son of Rochester Americans AHL great and GM Jody Gage) is the 18U coach. Jody will assist with the 18U coaching as well. Jamie Bird, head coach of the 16U Monarchs, started the Elite Hockey AAA team at Cheshire Academy.


For more information on playing for the Monarchs, contact David Leaderer at