The Manchester Monarchs, AHL Affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, filled their vacant head coach position as the L.A. Kings announced that Mike Stothers will take over behind the bench.

           Stothers, a 52-year old native of Toronto, Canada was drafted 21st overall in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers and played defense. Although Mike has only played 30 career NHL regular season games and collected 2 points, he has plenty of experience in the American Hockey League. During his tenure in the AHL, Stothers played in 672 regular season games and registered 38 goals and 106 assists for a total of 144 points with three different teams. The most notable team Mike played for was the Hershey Bears, current AHL Affiliate of the Washington Capitals. Mike also played in the Ontario Hockey League where he tallied 74 points in 193 regular season games.

           Mike also has a long history in coaching as he has served as either head or assistant coach for the past 23 years. Mike was assistant coach for the Hershey Bears for three seasons (1991-96). Then, Mike went on to be the assistant coach for the Philadelphia Phantoms (now known as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms) for four seasons (1996-00) and assisted the Philadelphia Flyers for the next two seasons. He then pursued his head coaching career when he coached the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack for five seasons (2002-07) where he made it as far as the 2nd round of the playoffs. In the 2007-08 season he was head coach of the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and unfortunately missed the playoffs. For the 2010-11 NHL season he was assistant coach of the Atlanta Thrashers and ironically coached former Monarchs assistant coach Freddy Meyer. Since 2011 he has been head coach of the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors and reached the 3rd round of the playoffs in 2012, but was eliminated.

            Mike definitely has a big amount of experience playing in the minors as well as coaching and will bring it to the east coast in three months. Mike Stothers will be the fourth head coach in Monarchs franchise history. Although the head coach position has been filled, the assistant coach position has not, but will be found before the start of training camp in September.

Justin Cummings