|KINGS ALL-TIME MINOR LEAGUE AFFILIATES 1967 - PRESENT|
MINOR LEAGUE AFFILIATES YEAR-BY-YEAR BREAKDOWN
|2008-Present:||Manchester Monarchs (AHL), Ontario Reign (ECHL)|
|2001-2008||Manchester Monarchs (AHL), Reading Royals (ECHL)|
|1999-2001:||Lowell Lock Monsters (AHL)†, Long Beach Ice Dogs (IHL)|
|1998-1999:||Springfield Falcons (AHL),* Long Beach Ice Dogs (IHL)|
|1997-1998:||Springfield Falcons (AHL),* Fredericton Canadiens (AHL),
Long Beach Ice Dogs (IHL), Utah Grizzlies (IHL)†
|1990-1997:||Phoenix Road Runners (IHL)|
|1981-1991:||New Haven Nighthawks (AHL)|
|1980-1981:||Houston Apollos (CHL)|
|1979-1980:||Binghamton Dusters (AHL)|
|1977-1979:||Springfield Kings (AHL)|
|1975-1977:||Ft. Worth Texans (CHL)*|
|1974-1975:||Springfield Kings (AHL)|
|1973-1974:||Springfield Kings (AHL), Portland Buckaroos (WHL)|
|1967-1973:||Springfield Kings (AHL)|
|*Not a true affiliate team of the Los Angeles Kings, but an agreement allowed the Kings to send players to these teams through certain seasons.
† During their time as a Los Angeles Kings affiliate, the team was also an affiliate of the New York Islanders.
MANCHESTER MONARCHS (AHL)
The Manchester Monarchs are the current Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate and have been since the 2001 season.
The Manchester Monarchs began on June 14, 2000 in Manchester, N.H., when the Los Angeles Kings bought the American Hockey League franchise from the Manchester Hockey Group LLC. Max, the lion mascot whose cousin is Kings mascot Bailey, was revealed to the the New Hampshire community on July 20, 2001, quickly becoming the face of the franchise.
On Nov. 16, 2001, the Monarchs took the ice in Manchester for the first time earning the first home victory in franchise history with a 3-1 win over the Lowell Lock Monsters.
The Monarchs advanced to the Calder Cup playoffs the first seven seasons of their existence, making their longest playoff run in 2007 as they advanced to the Eastern Conference final against the Hershey Bears. An average of 8,500 fans have cheered on the Monarchs each season at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Manchester ranked first in attendance in not only the American Hockey League but also led the more than 90 other North American minor pro hockey teams in existence for the 2003-04 and 2005-06 seasons.
ONTARIO REIGN (ECHL)
The Ontario Reign are the current Los Angeles Kings ECHL affiliate, playing in the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. 2008-09 was the inaugural season for the Reign, as they had just moved to California. The team had previously been known as the Texas Wildcatters in Beaumont, Texas and before that the Huntington Blizzard out of Huntington, Va.
The Kings had one player on the Reign to start the 2008-09 season, goalie Jeff Zatkoff, but he was called up to the Manchester Monarchs in December of 2008 to replace goaltender Jonathan Quick when Quick joined the Los Angeles Kings on an emergency recall.
A few of the Ontario Reign who became Los Angeles Kings:
READING ROYALS (ECHL)
The Reading Royals are an ECHL team playing out of the Sovereign Center in downtown Reading, Pa. Originally started as an expansion franchise in Ohio called the Columbus Chill, the Royals left Columbus in 1998 when the Blue Jackets joined the NHL. The team moved to Reading, but operations were suspended until the Los Angeles Kings purchased the team in 2001 and changed the name.
Reading's first entry into the playoffs was in 2004 when the team became the North Division Champions. After that year the Royals missed three straight post-seasons, only to return to the North Division Championships in 2008 where they were taken out in seven games by the soon-to-be Kelly Cup champion Cincinnati Cyclones.
Sharing the majestic lion mascot along with the purple black and silver colors of their NHL affiliate Los Angeles Kings, the Royals played seven seasons in conjunction with the Kings organization. In July of 2008 the Royals announced a new affiliation with the Toronto Maple Leafs, although for the 2008-09 season the Royals did add a Los Angeles prospect to their roster, goaltender Daniel Taylor.
A few of the Reading Royals who became Los Angeles Kings:
LOWELL LOCK MONSTERS (AHL)
Upon ending their agreement with the Springfield Falcons, the Kings began an affiliation with the Lowell Lock Monsters for the 1999-00 season. The Lock Monsters were an AHL team that played their games in the Lowell, Mass. Tsongas Arena. In their first season with Los Angeles Kings affiliation, Lowell went to the playoffs with a 33-36-7-4 record, only to be swept in the second round to the Providence Bruins. The next year Lowell again went to the playoffs but again lost, this time to the Worcester Ice Cats.
In 2006 the New Jersey Devils purchased the Lock Monsters, re-christening them the Lowell Devils.
A few of the Lowell Lock Monsters who became Los Angeles Kings:
LONG BEACH ICE DOGS (IHL, WCHL)
The Ice Dogs began in 1995 as the IHL San Diego Gulls, playing in the San Diego Sports Arena. The team moved to Long Beach in 1996 (one year after conception) to play in the Long Beach Sports Arena, a 6,000 seat venue that was once the temporary home of the Los Angeles Kings in their inaugural season. The Ice Dogs stayed with the IHL until 2000 when they joined the West Coast Hockey League. In 2003 Ice Dogs became part of the ECHL, until their final season in 2006-07. The team suspended operations in Spring of 2007 and officially disbanded in July of that year.
In their first year of Kings affiliation, the Ice Dogs went 53-20-9, only to end up losing in Round 3 of the playoffs to the eventual Turner Cup champion Chicago Wolves. The team repeated their trip to the Western Conference finals the next season, falling to the Houston Aeros. The Wolves would once again end the Ice Dogs run for the Turner Cup in their third and final season as a Kings affiliate, when Chicago swept Long Beach four games to none in the second round of the 2000 playoffs.
A few of the Long Beach Ice Dogs who became Los Angeles Kings:
SPRINGFIELD FALCONS (AHL)*
Former Los Angeles Kings affiliate Springfield Kings, also known as the Springfield Indians, moved to Worcester, Mass. in 1994, leaving room for a new AHL expansion team to move to Springfield. The Falcons began as an affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets for the 1994-95 season, transitioning to an affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes when the Jets moved to Arizona.
While not a true affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, an agreement allowed the Springfield Falcons to add several Kings prospects to their roster between 1997 and 1999. During that time the team made the playoffs for their third and fourth consecutive years, respectively, losing both times in the first round.
A few of the Springfield Falcons who became Los Angeles Kings:
FREDERICTON CANADIENS (AHL)
A few of the Fredericton Canadiens who became Los Angeles Kings:
UTAH GRIZZLIES (IHL)
A minor league hockey team playing at the E Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Grizzlies were an IHL team from 1994-2001, when the IHL folded. The team played their first season, 1994-95, in Denver, Colorado as the Denver Grizzlies, but moved to Utah after the Quebec Nordiques announced that they would be moving to Denver to become the Colorado Avalanche. While affiliated with the Kings for the 1997-98 season, the Grizzlies posted a 47-27-8 record for 102 points finishing third in the Southwest Division. Despite having won the Turner Cup in 1995 and 1996, the Grizzlies would lose to Kansas City in the first round of the playoffs and not move past that point until the team suspended operations in 2005.
Utah Grizzlies who became Los Angeles Kings:
PHOENIX ROAD RUNNERS (IHL)
The Phoenix Roadrunners franchise began as the WHL Denver Invaders for the 1963-64 season, then the Victoria Maple Leafs before moving to Arizona and joining the IHL in 1967. While the Los Angeles Kings IHL affiliate, the Roadrunners made the playoff three times, making it to the Conference finals in 1990-91.
The Roadrunners played in the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum through the 1996-97 season when the Coyotes came to town and the team was unable to lure fans away from an NHL franchise. In 2005 the team reopened as the ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, playing at the US Airways Center, home of the NBA Phoenix Suns.
A few of the Phoenix Roadrunners who became Los Angeles Kings:
NEW HAVEN NIGHTHAWKS(AHL)
The New Haven Nighthawks, from New Haven, Conn., were an AHL franchise active between 1972-1992. The minor league affiliate for the Los Angeles Kings from 1981-1990 and made a surprising visit to the finals in 1989 after finishing the regular season fourth in their division.
For the 1992 season, the team was renamed the New Haven Senators when they became affiliated with the Ottawa Senators. The team eventually moved to Prince Edward Island where they were again renamed the Binghamton Senators. While the Hawks called the New Haven Coliseum home ice through their 20 season, the structure has since been destroyed.
A couple of the New Haven Nighthawks who became Los Angeles Kings:
HOUSTON APOLLOS (CHL)
The CHL Houston Apollos were the Kings affiliate for just half a season, as the franchise folded in Jan. 1981. The team's troubles were financial in nature despite the fact that on the ice they were performing well. At their close the Apollos had a record of 12-13-8, good for second place in the CHL South Division.
A few of the Houston Apollos who became Los Angeles Kings:
BINGHAMTON DUSTERS (AHL)
The AHL Binghamton Dusters, previously the Binghamton Broome Dusters of the NAHL, played in Binghamton, NY at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Affiliated with the Kings for just one season, the Dusters made the playoffs with 69 points (32-45-5) but ended up losing in Round 2 to the New Haven Nighthawks.
A few of the Binghamton Dusters who became Los Angeles Kings:
FORT WORTH TEXANS (CHL)*
A CHL team originally created in 1967 as a Detroit Red Wings affiliate, the Fort Worth Texans played in the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.
While not a true affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, an agreement allowed the Texans to hold players for the Kings from 1975-77. During that agreement, Fort Worth made the playoffs once, after the 1976-77 season, but lost in Round 1.
A few of the Fort Worth Texans who became Los Angeles Kings:
PORTLAND BUCKAROOS (WHL)
A WHL expansion team from the 1960-61 season, the Portland Buckaroos played in the Portland Memorial Coliseum. During 14 seasons , the Buckeroos won eight regular season championships and three post-season championships while the Buckaroos were affiliated with the Kings from 1973-74. While a Kings affiliate, the Buckaroos were 39-33-6 to take fourth place in the WHL.
SPRINGFIELD KINGS (AHL)
The Springfield Kings, from West Springfield, MA, played in the Eastern States Coliseum from 1926-1972. In 1971 while a Los Angeles Kings Minor League Affiliate, the Kings won the Calder Cup Trophy after entering the postseason through a one-game playoff with the Quebec Aces, gaining the ignominious fame of being the team with the worst record to ever win the Trophy.
Called the Kings while affiliated with Los Angeles, the team was known as the Springfield Indians for most of their 68 years.