It’s a big day for Kings prospect forward Marc-Andre Cliche. Not only was Cliche activated from the non-roster injured list and officially assigned to Manchester, but he was also named captain of the Monarchs. Thomas Hickey, Alec Martinez and Oscar Moller will serve as assistant captains.
“Marc-Andre embodies all the qualities of a true leader,” Monarchs coach Mark Morris said. “His high compete level, coupled with his grit and determination, will serve as a great role model for this young team. Marc-Andre’s sharp wit, his honesty and keen sense of humor keeps everyone on their toes. He’s earned the respect of the coaches and members of the organization, as well as teammates. We have witnessed him bounce back from serious injuries and watched him shut down some of the top forwards in the league. He is a key member of our penalty-killing unit and his example will set a standard for others to follow.”
Cliche, 23, becomes the Monarchs’ ninth captain, following Dane Jackson (2001-03), Richard Seeley (2003-04 and 2005-06), Chris Schmidt (2004-05), Brendan Buckley (2006-07), Jon Klemm (2007-08), Gabe Gauthier (2007-08), Marty Murray (2008-09) and Drew Bagnall (2009-10).