AHL Monarchs Sign James

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League announced that they have signed ECHL All-Star left wing Connor James.

The Reading Royals are the ECHL affiliate of the Monarchs of the AHL and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League.

Selected in the ninth round (279th overall) by Los Angeles in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the 23-year-old played 14 games with Manchester as a rookie in 2004-05, recording three points (2g-1a) and 10 penalty minutes.

The 5-foot-10 and 170-pound James spent the majority of his first professional season in the ECHL with Bakersfield and he tied for the ECHL rookie lead with four shorthand goals and six shorthand points while ranking third among league rookies in plus-minus rating with +25. Selected to the ECHL All-Star Game, James had 46 points (21g-25a) in 51 regular season games and four points (3g-1a) in five Kelly Cup Playoff games for the Condors.

The Calgary, Alberta native played four years at the University of Denver where he had 150 points (57g-93a) in 160 games from 2001-04.