The Manchester Monarchs, the primary affiliate of the 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, have named Chris Hajt as the club’s new assistant coach, Monarchs General Manager Rob Blake announced on Wednesday.
Hajt joins the staff of Monarchs Head Coach Mike Stothers, who was named head coach of the Monarchs on July 1.
Per the Los Angeles Kings:
Hajt, 36, has experience as a player, defenseman, 477 games in the AHL. He was drafted in 1996 and appeared in six regular season games. One with the Oilers and five with the Washington Capitals. He also played 222 games in his junior hockey career. He appeared in two Memorial Cup championships as a player, first in 1996, and then again in 1998, reaching the championship game before falling to Portland. Hajt also represented Team USA in the 1997 and 1998 World Junior Championships, winning a silver medal with the United States in 1997.
Most recently, he joined the Guelph Storm as an assistant coach from 2008-09 season. Most recently he served as the team’s assistant general manager. The Storm has made the playoffs in each of his six seasons with the team, including this past season when it won the Ontario Hockey League championship. Guelph represented the OHL at the 2014 Memorial Cup, losing in the championship game to the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Also, shortly after it was announced that former Manchester Monarchs coach Mark Morris would not have his contract renewed by the Kings, Dean Lombardi said that he has many opportunities and is ready for the next step. It has been announced that has been hired by Florida General Manager Dale Tallon to serve as an assistant coach under Gerard Gallant.Tags: Hockey, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL