The Manchester Monarchs have named Freddy Meyer as the club’s Assistant Coach, Monarchs General Manager Ron Hextall announced today.
Meyer, 31, is a veteran of 418 NHL and AHL games during a nine-year professional career from 2003-2012. The native of Sanbornville, New Hampshire collected 20 goals and 53 assists for 73 points in 281 NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers, the New York Islanders, the Phoenix Coyotes and the Atlanta Thrashers. He also registered 23 goals and 28 assists for 51 points in 137 career AHL games with the Philadelphia Phantoms and San Antonio Rampage. Most recently, Meyer scored three goals and nine assists for 12 points in 31 games for Modo Hockey of the Swedish Elite League during the 2011-12 season.
"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,” expressed 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 Bobby Jay (2001-03).
“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.”
Meyer was a member of the 2005 Calder Cup winning Phantoms that included current Kings forwards Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. The team was lead behind the bench by current Kings Assistant Coach John Stevens.
As a 2003 graduate of Boston University, Meyer was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2000, was a NCAA East First All-American Team and a Hockey East First All-Star Team in 2003. He signed his first professional contract as an undrafted free agent with the Flyers in 2003.
Meyer also represented the Unites States internationally on several occasions throughout his playing career. He skated with the 1999 U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team, the 2001 U.S. National Junior Team, the 2006 U.S. Men’s National Team and the 2011 U.S. Men’s Select Team.
“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.”
Meyer is married to his wife Lindsey and they have two sons, Freddy (four) and Carter (three), and reside in Winchester, Massachusetts.