Hooksett, NH – The 2008-2009 New Hampshire Junior Monarchs return four players from last year’s team that was regular season co-champion,and national champions. The new season brings twenty-one new faces to the Monarchs organization, all of whom have huge potential of moving on to college hockey. Let’s meet the 2008 – 2009 New Hampshire Junior Monarchs !!
#1 Nick Therrien: Nick has made the leap from the Monarchs’ Junior B program to the EJ team this year. He is a very athletic goaltender who can make highlight reel saves. He will no doubt be ready for the speed and skill of the players at this level, and he should garner quite a bit of interest from scouts this season.
#2 Ryan Corcoran: Ryan comes to the Monarchs by way of Stamford, CT. After a solid career at Choate Rosemary Hall, Ryan moved on to play last year in the NAHL for the St. Louis Bandits. Ryan is a great skater, who uses that ability to jump into the offense as a fourth attacker. Ryan will undoubtedly impress a lot of scouts this season.
#3 Mike Cornell: Mike is no stranger to the EJHL, having previously played for the South Shore Jr. Kings organization where he was a captain. A strong defenseman, who moves the puck well, Mike will be counted on both to log big minutes, and help lead a very young Monarchs team.
#4 Brian Dumoulin: After having spent the last three seasons playing for Biddeford High School, Brian has decided to make the step up to the EJHL. At 6’ 3”, Brian definitely has size to his advantage, but more importantly, Brian possesses a huge level of skill. Already a highly sought after recruit, Brian will most certainly play at the Division 1 level.
#5 Ryan Carney: Ryan is a graduate of the Nichols School just outside of Buffalo, NY. A former forward, who was converted to defense, Ryan has great offensive instincts and a superb shot from the point. Ryan is a great student who will undoubtedly receive a lot of interest from some high level schools.
#7 Zack Menard: After a great career at the Governor’s Academy, Zack has come to the Monarchs to fine tune his game for the collegiate level. Zack is a strong defenseman, who can outmuscle opponents. He also possesses a skill level which allows him to move the puck well, and generate offense.
#8 Pat Doherty: Pat hails from Hanover, NH where he played for that town’s storied high school program before coming to the Monarchs. Pat came in to the program with a lot of promise, and he has already started to live up to some of that potential. Look for Pat to really come in to his own as a player this year.
#9 Kelen Corkum: A 2009 UMaine recruit, Kelen has spent the last two seasons playing with the US NTDP out in Ann Arbor, MI. He brings with him the experience of playing hockey at the highest level both nationally and internationally. Kelen will be counted on immediately to provide both a physical and offensive presence to this young Monarchs team.
#10 Jamie Ferullo: A Providence recruit for either the ’09 or the ’10 season, Jamie is a tenacious competitor who generates a ton of offense through his speed, and knack for the net. A standout for Spaulding High School over the last four years, Jamie will be counted on immediately to provide an offensive spark to the Monarchs.
#11 Kyle Beattie: Kyle spent last season playing for the nationally recognized PF Changs midget program. He has already received a lot of attention from D1 and NHL scouts, and that interest will only grow as the season continues. Over the course of the season, Kyle should develop into one of the top forwards in the league.
#12 Ryan Lee: The Monarchs first player from the state of Oklahoma, Ryan played last year for the Dallas Stars AAA program. Quite possibly one of the fastest skaters in the league, Ryan will be an asset both offensively and defensively for the team this year. Over the season, he could develop into a serious offensive threat.
#14 Patrick Kiley: Pat led Reading High School to an MIAA Super 8 title last year. That Reading team was the first public high school to win that tournament since its inception 18 years ago. Pat is always a threat to score and make plays, and he will be expected to do just that for the Monarchs this year. He is a D1 talent, and he will most certainly have an opportunity to prove himself to those scouts this season.
#15 Matt Mangene: Matt comes to the Monarchs from the South Shore Junior Kings, where he was a high end offensive player last season. A strong skater, with great speed, and offensive ability, Matt will continue to be an offensive threat in the EJHL, and continue to attract the D1 attention that he did last year. Matt is a resident of Manorville, NY.
#16 Brice O’Connor: Brice is a product of the NH Monarchs Junior B program. He comes to the EJ Team with a high hockey IQ, and a great skill set. With those attributes, you can be sure that Brice will be logging some serious minutes on the blue line this year. Look for Brice to get a lot of interest from scouts this season.
#17 Aaron Kesselman: Aaron comes to the Monarchs from the New Jersey Junior Titans. One of only three 1991 birthdates on the roster, Aaron possesses a great level of speed, skill, and strength for a player so young. Look for him to improve tremendously this year, as he adjusts to the pace of play in the EJHL. He is undoubtedly a player to watch this year.
#18 Jeff Hannan: A key returner from last year’s team, Jeff will be counted on immediately to shoulder much of the offensive burden this season. His smooth stick and ability to score goals and make plays in traffic will surely gain the interest of D1 scouts. As one of the few returning Monarchs, Jeff will also be counted on to lead the team emotionally as well.
#20 Brooks Herrington: Brooks has made the jump up to the Monarchs this season after having played for Bishop Brady High last year. The first thing scouts will notice when they walk into the rink this year is Brooks’ size. At 6’3” 210 lbs, Brooks is one of the biggest players in the EJHL. What will peak the scouts’ interest however, will be his ability to make plays, and score goals.
#21 Charlie Mullan: Charlie is back for his second season as a Monarch, and he is ready to accept a key role with this season’s team. With speed, skill, and a great shot, Charlie will be asked to shoulder much of the offensive burden on this year’s squad. With the skill he possesses, Charlie should garner quite a bit of D1 interest this year.
#22 Kyle Mountain: Another returning Monarch, Kyle is ready to lead this year’s team on and off the ice. He is a dedicated and disciplined player with playmaking abilities, and tons of strength. Kyle will most certainly set an example for all of our new players to follow, and with his ability to play the game at a high level he will gain a lot of interest from scouts.
#23 Adam Kaiser: Adam is back to wear a Monarchs’ sweater for another year. His speed, skill, and super competitiveness should make him both a leader and a player to watch on this year’s team. Adam’s natural athleticism, skill, and hockey IQ will undoubtedly have scouts watching him all year long.
#24 Cheyne Rocha: Cheyne comes to the Monarchs from just up route 93 where he attended the St. Paul’s School. Last year he led that team to the New England Division 1 championship game. Cheyne arrives with a lot of D1 interest, specifically from high end academic schools, due to his stellar performance at St. Paul’s both academically and athletically over the past few years.
#25 George Lotito: The New Jersey Junior Titans will certainly miss George this season. However, their loss is the Monarchs’ gain. George brings size, strength, and a crafty touch around the net to the team this season. He will be counted on to kill penalties, and provide a physical presence to a young Monarchs team. As a centerman, George will be asked to win key face-offs in every zone this season as well.
#26 Adam Shemansky: A UMaine recruit for the ’09 season, Adam played last year at the Tilton School where he led Coach Pat Norton’s team offensively. Adam has all the tools to be an offensive force at the next level possessing speed, skill, and great playmaking abilities. He will most definitely play a key offensive role for the Monarchs this season.
#30 Connor Shannon: A graduate of the Monarchs’ Junior B program, Connor will battle for minutes this season with both Pontus, and Nick. A sound technical goaltender, Connor is always square to the puck. He will make it very difficult for opposing teams this season. Look for Connor to turn the eye of D1 scouts this year.
#31 Pontus Hansson: Pontus is a UMaine recruit who hails from Gothenburg, Sweden. He is a big goaltender, who possesses tremendous athleticism. Pontus will challenge both Nick and Connor to take their games to the next level, which should make for a very healthy yet competitive atmosphere between the pipes this year.