Monarchs sign Kolomatis, Diamond, Neilson


Manchester, N.H. – The Manchester Monarchs, ECHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, announced the signing of former Monarch, Dave Kolomatis as well as Joe Diamond and Eric Neilson for the 2015-16 season.

Kolomatis played last season for Tappara Tampere (SM-liiga) in Finland, appearing in 45 games and scoring 12 points (1g-11a). The former Monarch (2009-13) registered 315 games in the AHL from 2008-14, playing for the Providence Bruins, Hershey Bears and the Monarchs, scoring 140 points (36g-104a). During his time in Manchester, Kolomatis tallied 110 points (29g-81a) in 250 games. Before turning pro, Kolomatis played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League for the Owen Sound Attack, scoring 111 points (31g-80a).

Diamond played in 11 games last season for the South Carolina Stingrays, scoring seven points (3g-4a). The former University of Maine Black Bear skated in 135 games during his time on campus, collecting 104 points (59g-45a) while earning 467 penalty minutes. Diamond’s best statistical season came in 2011-12, when he put up 47 points (25g-22a) in 37 games. The 26-year-old has three years of professional experience, splitting time between the AHL and ECHL. Diamond played in 47 games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers from 2012-14, scoring 17 points (9g-8a). Diamond also played in 11 games for the Stockton Thunder in 2013-14, scoring nine points(1g-8a).

Neilson played 20 games last season for the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch. The 31-year-old was a fifth-round selection (143rd overall) of the Los Angeles Kings in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, and has played in 280 AHL games since 2007 with the Crunch, Peoria Rivermen, Hamilton Bulldogs, San Antonio Rampage and Norfolk Admirals. Prior to his AHL experience, Neilson played three seasons in the ECHL for the Bakersfield Condors, Long Beach Ice Dogs and Alaska Aces. In his professional career, spanning 10 seasons, Neilson has recorded 100 penalty minutes or above eight times.