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Monarchs Management Pledges Rebuild in Letter to Fans

by Michael Oram | March 13, 2018, 6:16 PM ET

In an open letter to season ticket holders London Monarchs President of Hockey Operations Michael Oram promises a brighter future for the hockey club.

“After years of early playoff exits, and even missing the playoffs entirely last year, the tough decision needed to be made. Inaction would only further hurt the franchise and delay the inevitable.”

The tough decision referenced in the letter to fans was that to sell off assets and tear down the team that has competed at the top of the World Conference for years. A run that came to an abrupt halt last year when the club was knocked out of the playoffs in the last week of the regular season.

“We are in for some tough times ahead. There will be some long nights and seasons, but we will always put the best product possible on the ice. We will always utilise the assets we have and try to win. We will not tank. We have demonstrated this commitment this season, we could easily bench Ben Bishop and Alexander Ovechkin but we do not. We try to win.”

The simple truth of the matter may be that the team is just not good enough to win right now. However, team management are already talking about the brighter days on the horizon.

“A plan is in place. This franchise will rise from the ashes stronger than ever. The building blocks are in place with Nolan Patrick, Sebastian Aho, and Jake Bean among others.”

We saw the willingness of this organization to make a splash and go after the assets they see as the building blocks with the acquisition of the pick that secured Patrick at last year’s draft. But does this team have the assets to pull off more bold moves? It doesn’t seem likely, instead fans may need to brace themselves for a patient approach to this rebuild as the Monarchs stock the cupboards with young talent.

Despite the bleak times ahead on the ice the team is looking to keep fans coming back to the arena with a whole new fan experience. The team has recently retained renowned British architect Norman Foster and rumours are swirling the arena will undergo major renovations during the summer.

All we know for certain at this point is that London is burning. What will remain when the smoke clears? Only time will tell.

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