Kings decline to renew contract of Manchester Monarchs coach Mark Morris

The Kings on Wednesday told Mark Morris, coach of their American Hockey League team in Manchester, N.H., that his contract would not be renewed. The Monarchs lost to Norfolk in the first round of the AHL playoffs earlier this month.

Here’s a quote from Kings general manager Dean Lombardi:

“We appreciate the job Mark has done for us in Manchester. The team’s success on the ice during his tenure and his contributions in helping us 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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A look back on Brett Hextall’s two-goal game.

Brett Hextall scored two goals at Toyota Sports Center on Wednesday. The only thing weird about it was the uniform he was wearing — the sandstone-red-and-white of the Phoenix Coyotes.

“A couple days before I left to come to Phoenix, I was working out at the (TSC) gym,” Hextall said. “I thought, it’s weird that I’ll be back to play on the other side and I’ll be the enemy.”

As the son of the Kings’ assistant general manager Ron Hextall, the 23-year-old forward is privy to some perks. Summer access to an NHL gym is a big one. So are the genes of three generations of hockey history–great-grandfather Bryan had a Hall of Fame career; grandfather Bryan Jr. carved out a 10-year career in the NHL; great-uncle Dennis was once a winger for the Kings; while Ron was among the best goalies of his generation.

Brett Hextall’s own lineage is interesting.
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Morris talks Monarchs

In this morning’s New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester Monarchs coach Mark Morris talks about the upcoming season, including which players he thinks will stick with the Kings and what he hopes to see from his team in the upcoming season. The article mentions Brian Boyle and Teddy Purcell as two players Morris believes “proved they belong” in the NHL. Here’s the full story…

Watching baseball, talking hockey with Monarchs coach

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Mark Morris Q&A

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Hope everyone is having a good holiday weekend. It’s hard to beat sleeping in on a Monday morning. But to get back into the swing of things, here’s an interview Don just did with Mark Morris, coach of the AHL Manchester Monarchs. In the interview, Mark gives some perspective on the season and what it’s like to coach at the highest minor-league level. It’s another great interview by Don with an interesting subject…

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Monarchs news

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The Manchester Monarchs, the Kings’ American Hockey League affiliate, announced today that the contracts of coach Mark Morris and assistant coach Scott Pellerin have been extended for the 2008-09 season. Morris has coached the Monarchs to a 90-52-12-6 record in two seasons. Last year’s team lost in the Eastern Conference Finals and this year’s team lost in the first round of the playoffs. Here’s the full press release…
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