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Why We Chose the USPHL: New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs

By Mike Klein, 05/10/17, 7:00PM EDT


When the 2017-18 USPHL season opens, the league will welcome the return of the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs. While the team competed in the Elite, 18U, and 16U divisions in the 2013-14 season, they went dormant at its conclusion.


After spending the last three seasons in another league on the East Coast, the Monarchs reevaluated their strategy and decided the USPHL would better suit their mission of advancing players to NCAA hockey. As such, the Monarchs have entered teams in the junior Premier and Elite Divisions.
“We made a calculated, well researched and thought out decision that we feel not only improves our hockey program and its untapped potential, but also brings our business to the next level as well,” stated Monarchs Premier head coach Ryan Frew. “It was a move that encompassed all age groups from mite hockey all the way to the juniors as they connect with the [National Collegiate Development Conference.] We arrived at the conclusion that the USPHL gives us the best chance at longevity, ongoing success, continued tradition and a solid long-term plan in this over-saturated hockey market here in the northeast.”
With Frew at the helm, the Monarchs have produced multiple NCAA Division III hockey players, as well as a number of players advancing to the Division I ranks. This past season, USPHL member organizations produced the largest contingent of freshmen at the NCAA Division III level. More significantly, the USPHL and its members enjoy sizeable representation at the NCAA Division I level, especially in the ultra-competitive conferences on the East Coast. With the higher level of competition provided by the USPHL, Frew expects that number to rise.
Along with the improved competition, Frew also cites the affiliate structure with NCDC teams as evidence of cooperation among the USPHL’s member clubs, which, in his opinion, is reason alone to join the USPHL.
“There is a strong focus on doing what is best for the student athletes. Everyone is very dedicated to delivering players to college,” he said. “You don't find owners, G.M.'s or coaches disrespecting each other to try to gain a competitive advantage, win recruiting battles or make an extra dollar. Everyone in the league works together and it is made very clear from the start that nothing less than that will be tolerated.”
Like every other USPHL organization, the Monarchs provide opportunities for players from age five until they age out of the junior program at twenty-one. Much like their junior programs, the youth teams have made themselves known on the national level and have enjoyed a rich history in the crowded New England market. The organization’s ability to build on its past success will only be enhanced by membership in the USPHL.
“One of the most important factors of us joining the USPHL pertains to the leadership’s ability to influence others in the local hockey community. The support that we received from Richard Gallant when trying to secure better positioning for our youth organization was nothing short of incredible. We are intrigued and encouraged by the group’s ability to get things accomplished,” commented Frew. “It's exciting to know that we can now offer a high end product to our players, families, the local community and our customers starting at the age of 5 all the way to the 21 year old age out.”
The USPHL welcomes the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs and their players back to the league and wishes them the best of luck in the upcoming season.