The New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs have been busy this off-season working to fine-tune an already well oiled machine. With the addition of a new team in the USPHL Elite division for the upcoming season an opportunity presented itself to also hire a coach for the new venture. The program wanted to make a splash in the league from day one, and certainly did by announcing Chris Dyment as Head Coach of the organization’s entry in the league. The 9 year pro will, undoubtedly, bring a vast amount of hockey knowledge, leadership, and desire to win to the new program.
Dyment joins the Monarchs with a multi-year deal in hand after a stellar college, and professional hockey career. An Assistant Coach last season with the Massachusetts High School, Super 8 contending- Reading Rockets, Chris joins the program with both an extensive playing resume as well as an impressive skills/coaching resume. The 4 year, full scholarship, student athlete at BU is no stranger to success. A Bean Pot Champion with the Terriers in 1999, 2000, and 2002…Chris also won the Calder Cup in the American Hockey League while playing with the Houston Aeros. His leadership abilities throughout his career stood out in a stack of resumes, and made him a front runner for the open coaching position. Dyment captained 5 teams during his College and Professional career. He also won numerous awards including All-Hockey East Team, All-New England Team, and All-American Team during 2000 and 2002 while skating for the BU Terriers under Legendary Coach Jack Parker.
Director of Junior Hockey Operations, Ryan Frew offered this about his most recent hire, “We are obviously thrilled that Chris made the decision to join us. I am humbled that he chose to join my staff. He is a class act. His playing career alone speaks for itself, but more importantly he is a true professional. From our very first meeting I knew he was our first choice. He is exactly what I was looking for, to fill this new position. We will be here to support him every step of the way and I know he will do an extraordinary job for many years. I am proud to add him to our already exceptional staff. It is an exciting time for us.”
Chris offered these words, “The main reason I chose to work with the Monarchs is the fact that they are an established organization that has been successful in the past, and I feel confident that they are headed in the right direction for the future. I believe that Rick Vega has done a great job with the facility and really spared no expense when it came to the locker rooms, weight room and overall Arena. The players are treated the same here as they would be in a top notch University. As far as General Manager Ryan Frew goes, he has obviously established himself in the community and in the hockey world through many years of dedication and hard work. He seems to provide each of his players with all the correct resources for making them better individuals both on and off the ice. He appears to have the right mindset for achieving future goals for the program and works around the clock to get the job done.”
Dyment’s accolades and awards are lengthy but you would never know it based on the humble, “average-guy” way that he conducts himself. Perhaps, most known for his tenure with the Providence Bruins from 2004-2006 of where he served as an assistant Captain, Chris also spent some time with the Springfield Falcons and, as mentioned, above the Houston Aeros during his time in the AHL. Dyment’s final year as a pro in 2008-09 saw him Captain the Trenton Devils of the ECHL.
Dyment will Coach the USPHL elite team while also working closely with the youth programs development model of skills on Tuesday and Thursday nights as part of his agreement. In the future he will work team summer camps as well. Ryan Frew added this, “We really wanted to find the right guy with a long term interest in the development of ALL of our programs. It is important to me that we close the gap that has existed between our youth and junior programs for years…I am working hard to pull the youth and junior programs closer together every day. I believe that we have started to demonstrate to our youth players and parents that this new staff is not only WILLING TO, but EXCITED TO work on improving all teams within our organization…not just our own respective teams. It is a, from cradle to college approach.”
With the hiring of Dyment, the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs have brought an additional skills specialist to the youth program. Chris already has experience as a skills instructor with Reading Youth Hockey, Martian Hockey Camps, Burlington Youth Hockey Association, and Micro Ice. Now he will bring those skills to the Jr. Monarchs youth program as well as his own team.
Frew commented, “When Coach Golden, my Associate Coach on the Eastern Hockey League team, brought to my attention that an old friend (Dyment) may be interested in the job…I had to get Chris in for an interview right away. Frank is an excellent judge of character and work ethic. Our mindsets are so similar in regards to what it takes to be successful and live like a champion, that I knew we had to have the the right guy in our sights. I grew up playing against Chris and he was a standout. It will be fun and exciting to have him on my side now and I am really looking forward to working with him.”
Chris also spoke about his team for the upcoming season…”My goals for this upcoming season are to to have a winning record and compete in the playoffs. We want to be the best club we can be and continue the tradition here, but more importantly I want to help each of my players reach their ultimate goal of playing college hockey. I think that this program design is set up to enable these young men to better themselves and really prepare them for the next step in life. After speaking with most of the guys on the team, I have a really positive feeling about the attitudes of our guys. They seem like a very motivated group and are all excited to get the season started. I expect them to be a hard working bunch from day one, and look forward to helping these young men prepare for their future.”
The New Hamsphire Jr. Monarchs are also happy to welcome the rest of the Dyment family into the Monarchs family. Chris resides in Milton, Massachusetts with his wife Erica and two young kids a daughter Samantha, 4, and son Jackson, 1, who will also be sporting purple and gold in the stands next season.