Monych ready to deliver at the next level

By Jeff Dahlia

Spring 2004 was a hopeful time for Phoenix Coyotes right wing prospect
Lance Monych. Ecstatic to sign a three-year contract
with the Coyotes in June, he found himself heading
into the summer wanting to make all the right
impressions with management.

He attended the 2nd Annual Pacific Division Rookie Tournament in
Anaheim, CA and worked hard all
tournament long. He was one of the key players who
helped guide the Coyotes to a third place finish, after stumbling out of
the gate.

Monych would take that momentum into the Coyotes AHL
camp and try to earn a roster spot with their then
affiliate, the Utah Grizzlies. He didn’t have a bad
camp, but he didn’t have a spectacular one either.

His next stop was the Idaho Steelheads in the ECHL.
Rather than spend a season in the ECHL, the Coyotes
decided to return Monych to his junior team, the
Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL.

“I’ll be honest and say that it was kind of
disappointing at the start because I wanted to make
the jump to the pros,” Monych recalled about the
assignment. “I settled back in Brandon, which was a
great place to go to.”


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With all that settled, Monych was ready to go to work
and work hard. It took him a couple of games to get
back into the mix of things with a very talented
Brandon squad. He would go on to finish the regular
season increasing his point production for third
straight year.

As the team’s third leading scorer and top goal scorer
during the 2005 WHL playoffs, he also
helped guide the Wheat Kings all the way to the
finals. Although it was a great series for the Monych
and the team, they ended up falling to the Kelowna
Rockets.

“We had a good year and made it to the WHL finals,”
stated Monych. ” I don’t know what is was, but I got
on a good roll in the post season. I got the bounces,
and the pucks were going in for me. It was a great
environment to be in, and I was happy that I could
contribute as much as I did.

“Like every year, you have to improve,” he explained.
“Last season was very important for me. Not only did
it give me a good opportunity to look at where I was
at, it also let me put things in perspective so I
could seek out the things that would lead me the next
level. I started to focus on the things that will help
me develop into a well-rounded player, and it helped
tremendously.”

After a year of scoring and searching, Monych has
returned to Coyotes camp this fall ready to fulfill
those impressions he set out to deliver last year.

“I want to do the best I can and grow with the
organization no matter what the scenario is,” he
offered. “I know it is all out of my hands, but on the
other end, I know I have to give my best all the
time.”

Playing on the a energy line with for the Coyotes at the 2005 Pacific Division Tournament,
Monych has put together two quality games. And though
he has been held off the score sheet, it was the
unselfish play like his which helped the Coyotes open
the tournament with a solid win. He knows his chances
will come, his taking it all in stride.

“I just want to what I do best and that is playing
hockey,” he said about his overall approach. “I want
to focus on what I can take care from my end and play
the best possible hockey I know how to play.

“We have a great group of guys here at the tournament,
and it has shown, given the fact we haven’t had that
much time together. We’re looking forward to tonight
and the rest of the week.”

And when the tournament comes to a close, Monych will
be gearing up to make to the permanent jump to the pros.


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