Jr Monarchs Add Local Size & Experience


The Rochester Jr Monarchs are pleased to announce the signing of two 6’4” 1997 birth year forwards, Billy McGwin and Mitch Culver.  Both are Rochester, NY natives that have been playing Junior hockey in Canada and will be bring a lot of size to the line up.


Culver, a veteran in the Junior hockey world, has been playing with the Pembroke Lumberkings of the CCHL for the past two years.  Culver will be bringing great size, skill, and veteran leadership to the Monarchs in their inaugural season of the USPHL NCDC.  “Mitch was one of the top local guys that had left home a few years back that we wanted to get back home as soon as we knew we were going to be a part of the NCDC division.  He has great size and is a very good skater for his size, which makes him very hard to play against.  I am very happy that he is putting his trust in us with his last year of juniors” said GM/Head Coach Dave Leaderer.


McGwin, another 6’4” forward, played last season with the Buffalo Jr Sabres of the OJHL.  McGwin is a great power forward that is not afraid to throw his body around.  “Billy was someone that I was trying to get to play for our Elite team last year because he is a great hockey player and an even better character guy off the ice.  He got the opportunity to play in the OJHL where he got some good junior experience.  We were very excited when he committed to playing for us because he is going to cause some havoc on the ice” added Leaderer.


The Monarchs will be 1 of the 11 founding members of the new NCDC division of the USPHL.  The NCDC division of the USPHL is brining some of the best hockey players back East playing in front of top D1 and D3 schools in the country.  The Monarchs will kick their season off the second weekend of September.  Come check out the Monarchs at the Rochester Ice Center, formally Thomas Creek Ice Arena, to see some very talented hockey players.