The Manchester Monarchs, the Kings’ AHL affiliate, today signed University of Wisconsin defenseman Jeff Likens to an amateur tryout agreement. (Yes, the same thing Scott Parse signed with Grand Rapids). Likens, who just completed his senior season, had not been drafted. He was a teammate of defenseman Joe Piskula, who is now with the Kings. Likens, 5-foot-11 and 178 pounds, had one goal, five assists and 42 penalty minutes in 40 games with the Badgers this season.
The Monarchs, for those scoring at home, are in first place in the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division, with 91 points. That’s the fourth-most points in the 14-team conference. The Monarchs’ regular season ends April 15, and on April 6 they will honor the Kings by wearing Gretzky-era black-and-silver jerseys.