Before They Were Kings
The Los Angeles Kings are in the midst of defending their 2012 Stanley Cup Championship as they advanced to the Western Conference Final on Tuesday night. The road for the Kings this season has proven to be more difficult. Although they now face a new opponent in the Chicago Blackhawks, the Manchester Monarchs once again have their fingerprints all over the Kings roster.
The following 13 players are former Monarchs that are making their marks with the Kings this post-season after making a stop in Manchester, including six players that played for the Monarchs earlier this season. Here is some information about our former Monarchs before they were Kings. Keep an eye out for them as the Kings continue to defend their title this Saturday night at 5:00 p.m. EST.
Jonathan Bernier - Goaltender
Before he backed up the Kings net, Bernier was the Monarchs workhorse netminder for parts of three seasons appearing in 115 games with a 54-46-11 record and a 2.19 goals-against-average from 2007-2010. In his final season with Manchester, Bernier won 30 games and enjoyed a remarkable 2.03 goals-against average and a 0.936 save percentage which earned him the American Hockey League’s Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the league’s outstanding goaltender. Bernier has been the Kings back-up netminder for each of the 13 playoff game so far this post-season.
Dustin Brown – Right Wing
Brown is the Captain of the Kings. The right winger was a Monarchs forward during the 2004-05 season and scored 29 goals and 45 assists for 74 points in 79 games en route to representing the Monarchs in the 2005 Dodge AHL All-Star Classic. Brown has three goals and an assist for four points in 13 post-season games with the Kings this season.
Kyle Clifford – Left Wing
Clifford made his debut with the Monarchs in the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs. The left wing tallied two assists and 12 penalty minutes in seven games as the Monarchs made it to the Eastern Conference Final for the second time in franchise history. Clifford has returned from injury and has tallied an assist in nine playoff games for the Kings this season.
Dwight King – Left Wing
King appeared in 202 games from 2009-13 totaling 124 points (50-74=124), including five goals and 12 assists for 17 points in 28 games earlier this season with Manchester. King has three assists in 13 playoffs games for the Kings this post-season.
Trevor Lewis - Center
Lewis skated in 182 games while playing for the Monarchs from 2006-10. The center tallied 41 goals and 51 assists for 92 points and 81 penalty minutes during his time in Manchester. Lewis has tallied a goal and two assists for three points in 13 games for the Kings in the playoffs.
Jordan Nolan – Right Wing
Nolan registered 45 points (16-29=45) and 253 penalty minutes in 136 games with the Monarchs between 2010-13 including two goals and four assists for six points and 19 penalty minutes in 21 games earlier this season in Manchester. Nolan has four penalty minutes in six games this post-season.
Alec Martinez - Defenseman
Martinez laced up the skates for the Monarchs during the 2008-11 seasons totaling 20 goals and 49 assists for 69 points and 82 penalty minutes. Martinez has tallied two assists in six games for the Kings this post-season.
Jake Muzzin - Defenseman
Muzzin skated with the Monarchs from 2009-13 registering 12 goals and 49 assists for 61 points in 146 games including two goals and nine assists for 11 points in 29 games. Muzzin was among the league’s top rookies in the NHL for the Kings during the regular season totaling seven goals and nine assists for 16 points in 45 games. The rookie defenseman led the Kings with a plus-16 rating and was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for March. Muzzin has three assists in 13 playoff games with the Kings this post-season.
Tanner Pearson – Left Wing
Pearson was drafted by the Kings in the first round (30th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. His rookie season with the Monarchs saw the left wing tally 19 goals and 28 assists for 47 points and a plus-17 rating. Pearson made his NHL debut and playoff debut in Game Three against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, May 18.
Jonathan Quick - Goaltender
Long before he won the 2012 Conn Smythe Award as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player in the playoffs, Quick spent parts of two seasons with the Monarchs from 2007-09. While in Manchester, he earned a 17-13-2 record, a 2.48 goals-against-average and a 0.921 save percentage in 33 appearances. Earlier this season, Quick rehabbed from back surgery in Manchester as the NHL Lockout went into January but was not allowed to play in a Monarchs game. Quick has backstopped the Kings in each post-season game with a record of 8-5, a 1.50 goals-against-average and a 0.948 save percentage.
Brad Richardson - Center
Richardson suited up with the Monarchs during a conditioning stint in the 2008-09 season. He tallied a goal and two assists for three points in three games while in Manchester. Richardson has an assist in seven playoff games this post-season.
Tyler Toffoli – Right Wing
Toffoli began his first professional season with the Monarchs recording 28 goals and 23 assists for 51 points in 58 games en route to winning the Red Garret Memorial Award as the American Hockey League’s most outstanding rookie player for the 2012-13 season. Toffoli also skated in 10 games with the Kings during the regular season registering two goals and three assists for five points and has appeared in eight of the Kings’ 13 games this post-season. In the playoffs with the Kings, Toffoli has a goal and an assist.
Slava Voynov - Defenseman
Voynov was a two-time AHL All-Star for the Monarchs. The puck-moving defenseman developed his game in Manchester playing 266 games and tallying 42 goals and 81 assists for 123 points and 151 penalty minutes. Voynov skated in all 48 of the Kings’ regular season games this season and has four goals and three assists for seven points in the Kings’ 13 playoffs games to date.