MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – The Manchester Monarchs, who won their division but lost in the first round of the playoffs for the fourth straight year, fired their entire coaching staff.

The American Hockey League team said on its Web site it had fired coach Bruce Boudreau, assistant coach Jim Hughes and strength and conditioning coordinator Dane Jackson.

Boudreau has been with the Monarchs, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, since the minor league franchise began playing four years ago. Hughes and Jackson coached for the last two seasons.

The Monarchs’ record for the past season was 51-21-4-4. They lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Providence Bruins 4-2.

General Manager Kevin Gilmore said the Kings were disappointed at the team’s playoff performance.

He said the coaches were fired for their inability to teach young players to do their best when the stakes are highest.

Under Boudreau, the Monarchs were 169-100-33-18 in regular season. But they were 6-14 in playoff games .

and failed to advance to the second round in all four postseason appearances.


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