Ryan Frew: Coach, Leader, Father, Son, Role Model For All
“There is no greater reward than knowing that you have had a positive impact on
someone’s life journey” – Ryan Frew
The United States Premier Hockey League lost an amazing person in Ryan Frew, the New
Hampshire Jr. Monarchs’ NCDC head coach, on Monday, Oct. 5. Ryan died of complications
arising from peritonitis at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
The USPHL and all of its Member Organizations express its deepest sympathies to Ryan’s wife
Nanna and his sons Seamus and Quentin, his daughter Layla, as well as his extended family,
the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs organization, and all others whose lives he touched.
It was a fitting reward when, in 2017, Frew received the New Hampshire Union-Leader Forty
Under Forty Award, recognizing his great service to youth in New Hampshire. In the
accompanying article, when asked why he chose his profession, his answer was
“I love working with people. My chosen profession offers me the opportunity to support
and influence young men’s lives during a critical stage of their development and help
guide them to become the best version of themselves,” Frew told the Union-Leader. “There
is no greater reward than knowing that you have had a positive impact on someone’s life
Frew had a positive impact on everyone he met, no matter where he went, extending beyond
the leagues, to the greater hockey community. Coaches from across the hockey realm spoke
about their concern for Frew’s health during his illness.
Frew’s history with the Monarchs (and with many of the Monarchs’ opponents both then and
currently with the USPHL) goes well back to the first decade of the 2000s, coaching the
Monarchs’ former Empire Junior Hockey League. Ryan was hired by the Monarchs in 2004.
He brought the Monarchs to the Tier-3 Jr. B National Championship games in 2007 and 2011,
and he was also on the bench for three straight Monarchs’ Tier-3 Jr. A National Championship
wins from 2007 through 2009 and again in 2012.
He coached the Monarchs to Empire Jr. Hockey League titles in 2010 and 2012, as well. He
also saw his Monarchs receive a USA Hockey Team Sportsmanship Award and he was an All-
Star Coach in six of his eight Empire seasons.
Frew led the Monarchs to the first Eastern Hockey League regular season championship in
2014, and in 2016, the Monarchs added Playoff Champions to that resume.
Within the USPHL, he helped shepherd the Monarchs into the NCDC to start the 2018-19
season, his team’s start in the league was so impressive, he was named NCDC Coach Of The
Year after that first season.
Rest In Peace, Ryan. Everyone in the USPHL will miss you and that big smile and laugh.