After a nine-year pro career that included 281 NHL games and a Calder Cup championship in the American Hockey League, Freddy Meyer is set to begin a new venture in the sport of hockey.
The Sanbornville, N.H., native was named as the assistant coach for the AHL's Manchester Monarchs on Tuesday.
"It is a great honor to be the next Assistant Coach of the Manchester Monarchs and to be part of the Los Angeles Kings organization,” said Meyer. "Growing up in New Hampshire and playing youth hockey throughout New England, I look forward to returning to the Granite State and getting my coaching career started."
The Monarchs have had five previous Assistant Coaches in franchise history. Meyer is preceded in his position by Scott Pellerin (2006-12), Derek Clancey (2005-06), Jim Hughes (2003-05), Dane Jackson (2003-05) and Burlington, Mass., native Bobby Jay (2001-03).
A graduate of Boston University in 2003, Meyer played in the National Hockey League for the Flyers, Islanders, Coyotes and Thrashers before heading to Sweden to play for Modo in 2011-12. He also spent 137 games in the American Hockey League, primarily with the Philadelphia Phantoms, with whom he won the aforementioned championship.
Ron Hextall, the Monarchs' GM and the assistant general manager for their parent club, the Cup champion Kings, is elated to have the 31-year-old Meyer join the staff.
“We are extremely pleased to bring Freddy on board as a member of the Monarchs coaching staff,” said Hextall. “His experience, knowledge and passion for the game will further enhance the Monarchs and the further development of our young players. He has also won a Calder Cup Championship and brings that experience which will hopefully assist us in achieving that same goal. We look forward to the upcoming season.”
Monarchs' head coach Mark Morris believes Meyer will play a big role in preparing the club's prospects for the National Hockey League.
“We welcome Freddy Meyer to the Monarchs organization,” said Morris. “His experience as a recently retired player, coupled with his character and work habits, will set a good example for our work to develop and ready our guys for the NHL. I’m sure he’s excited. He’s told me he looks forward to sharing the things he learned throughout his career.”