Rochester Monarchs Mission Statement
“To provide a complete program where elite players can start at the squirt level and continue through midgets knowing they will have all the necessary support on and off the ice to reach their full potential in both hockey and life”
HISTOY OF THE MONARCHS
The original Rochester Monarchs were brought together by a number of avid hockey enthusiasts in 1973. That year they gathered enough players for the first Rochester Monarch hockey team, affiliated with the New York/Pennsylvania Junior Hockey League. These players, from throughout the Rochester area, had enthusiastic support. Every home game was a sell-out. The team took precedence over local sporting events on the evening news. This high caliber of hockey was predominant throughout the 70’s.
The reformation of the Rochester Monarchs is an attempt to return to this level of excellence to youth hockey in Rochester. We feel that our local young hockey players should be able to play with the most committed and talented players of the region. We are offering AAA caliber hockey in Rochester so that the players in our community can stay in their homes, and sleep in their own beds with the support of their families, their schools, and the local hockey community that nurtured then in their formative years. Having such support will provide the essential balance young hockey players need to achieve their full potential. The backers of this initiative are committed to keeping the costs low for the participating families through corporate advertising and unique fund-raising opportunities. We are led by dedicated and experienced hockey advisors from our local area, and we have assembled a strong group of resources through hockey associations and business partnerships that have been developed over the past 30 years. With our generous support and contributions, the Rochester Monarchs can bring the opportunity for excellence to our children once again.
WHY PLAY FOR THE ROCHESTER MONARCHS?
The Rochester Monarchs Advisory Board and Coaches are committed to providing the youth of our community a positive atmosphere for learning the skills and game of hockey coupled with team sportsmanship and respect for everyone associated with the sport. TO PUT IT SIMPLY THE MONARCHS TOP PRIORITY AND FOCUS IS TOTAL PLAYER DEVELOPMENT. Back in 1973 avid hockey enthusiasts founded the first Monarch Junior Team and joined the New York / Penn Junior Hockey League. A tradition of excellence was born as the team won the 1974-75 league championship in only their second season. This high caliber of hockey was prevalent in the 70’s and 80’s with many players going on to play collegiate and professional hockey. As that original band of founders transitioned into other phases of their lives there were no standard bearers to take their place.
Fast forward to the early 2000’s and reformation of the Rochester Monarchs under the umbrella of Perinton Youth Hockey. It has been a slow building process to return youth hockey to the excellence of yesteryear. We feel that our local young advanced hockey players should have the opportunity to develop and play with their talented peers. Why should parents and players travel hours to pursue their dreams and inevitably miss important events as well as other life enhancing experiences. Requiring a youth hockey player to spend a minimum of 8 hours a week traveling just for practice not to mention 4 hours in a car for “home” games would seem to be counterproductive. For a 6 month season that equates to minimally 192 HOURS OR 8 DAYS STUCK IN A CAR JUST FOR PRACTICE!! Not to mention the out of pocket cost just for transportation that could be spent on a nice family vacation! We have scoured the internet for information and did not find any research or studies proving that spending at least 8 days in a car per season is the best way to develop hockey players!
Monarch teams over the past few years have proven to be very competitive at the Tier 1/AAA level succeeding both on and off the ice. Starting with the 1992 birth year through present day Monarch teams have won numerous tournaments, including states and Bell Cups, with players moving on to the junior, collegiate, and professional levels. Although winning is a goal the priority is and always will be player development. Multiple Stanley Cup champion Martin Brodeur never played on a “winning” team until he was a professional. Playing for the Monarchs gives you freedom of choice for your off ice training, which in today’s competitive atmosphere is very important to age appropriate athletes. Most of our teams offer the opportunity to train together but we do not have “mandatory” off ice requirements. It is your choice as a parent how much and what works best for your child.
What you need to ask yourself is why the Director of Player Development for an NHL team is part of and has his children play for the Rochester Monarchs. Experienced former professionals, collegians, and junior players are coaches and contributors. Their family members/players are active participants in the Monarch program. From Squirts through Midgets the Monarchs have viable options for the advanced player to develop, succeed and have fun. After all is said and done the real question is not “Why play for the Rochester Monarchs?” but rather WHY NOT?
Yours in Hockey,
The Rochester Monarch Advisory Board