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Hajt leaves Storm for new gig in U.S.

Chris Hajt has been named assistant coach of the American Hockey League’s Manchester Monarchs.

Hajt was the Guelph Storm’s assistant general manager this past season and an assistant coach with the team from 2008-2009 through 2012-2013. He also played four OHL seasons with the Storm, playing in a pair of

Memorial Cups and twice earned Most Valuable Player honours. He then went on to a 10-year pro career.

The Saskatoon native is the first assistant coached announced by the Monarchs’ new head coach, Mike Stoethers, who was announced as the new bench boss on July 1.

The Monarchs are the AHL affiliate for the Los Angeles Kings.

“The Los Angeles Kings are one of the elite franchises in the National Hockey League for a lot of reasons, one of which is their ability to hire the brightest and best people for their hockey operations,” said Storm general manager Mike Kelly, in an article on the Storm’s website.

“In the hiring of Chris Hajt, they have selected one of the very best young hockey  coaches outside of the National Hockey League.  As much as it is difficult to lose an individual of Chris’s calibre, we are thrilled to see him take the next step in his professional development.”

Hajt joined the team for their annual prospect camp that is under way at in California and includes Zac Leslie, Nick Ebert and Justin Auger from the Storm’s 2013-2014 OHL Championship team.

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