MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Manchester Monarchs announced that former captain Richard Seeley will return to Manchester as head coach of the Monarchs for the 2015-16 season. Seeley was a Monarchs two-time captain and played four seasons in Manchester (2001-04 and 2005-06) during his professional career.
The Monarchs are the ECHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League and the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League.
Seeley, 36, will lead the way behind the bench in Manchester’s first season in the ECHL. He was the second captain in team history and played in 249 games with the Monarchs from 2001-06. Seeley was extremely active in the Manchester community as a two-time nominee for the AHL’s Man of the Year award for outstanding community service.
“Richard Seeley is one of the most popular players in Monarchs franchise history,” commented Monarchs President Matt Welch. “As a year-round resident of New Hampshire, he is the perfect choice to lead our franchise as we make our transition to the ECHL. We are extremely confident he will run a successful, first-class team both on and off the ice.”
Seeley brings 15 years of playing experience to the job, including seven in the American Hockey League, three in the Western Hockey League and five abroad in the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria. He was selected by the Kings in the sixth round (137th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to take over the head coaching position of the Manchester Monarchs,” said Seeley. “I fondly remember playing in front of the passionate fans in the Verizon Wireless Arena and I am committed to carrying on the winning tradition established here in Manchester.”