Giuliano returning as a coach

Jeff Giuliano is coming home.

The former Manchester Monarchs and Los Angeles Kings forward, who has played the last seven years in Europe, has put a halt to his playing career and has been named a Monarchs assistant coach.

Giuliano, 36, played with the Monarchs from 2002 to 2008, and began his professional career playing in Reading of the ECHL. The Monarchs, with the Kings now moving their American Hockey League/Calder Cup champion affiliate to Ontario, Cal., will now be L.A.’s ECHL affiliate.

"I am very excited to start the next chapter of my life here at home and for this opportunity to coach the Monarchs," Giuliano said in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon by the team. "I look forward to staying in the game and being part of this city, community, and great fan base once again."

Giuliano, who played in five professinal leagues, had a two-way contract most of his career but ended up playing 48 games with the Kings in the National Hockey League in 2005-2006 with three goals and four assists, and then 53 more in L.A. in 2007-08 with no goals and six assists.

He went on to a career in Europe, playing first in Russia with Minsk Dynamo of the KHL (one goal, four assists in 46 games in 2008-09), and then six seasons from 2009 to this past spring with the Iserlohn Roosters of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), the top-tier league in Germany. With the Roosters, Giuliano posted 42 goals and 69 assists for 111 points, as well as 185 penalty minutes.

With the Monarchs, Giuliano played in 226 games, totaling 26 goals and 47 assists for 73 points and a career +24 rating. The year after his first season with the Kings, Giuliano was a mainstay back with the Monarchs, part of a team that in 2006-07 posted 51 wins and 110 points during the regular season.

Throughout his career, at whatever level, Giuliano was a third/fourth line forward known for his tenacity.

"Jeff will serve as a perfect example to our players that hard work and determination pays off," Monarchs team president Matt Welch said. "He played in the ECHL and worked his way to two solid seasons in the NHL. He is well respected and connected in the hockey world, and will be instrumental in our recruiting and scouting of players."

Giuliano played his high school hockey at St. Paul’s in Concord, and then went on to a career at Boston College, where he scored 40 career goals with 74 assists and was a member of the Eagles 2002 national championship team. He had a brief tryout with the Bruins and was with them in training camp that year before being cut and ended up in the ECHL.

Giuliano will join Monarchs head coach Richard Seeley, who was named to that post in July. Seeley was one of the original Monarchs in 2000-01.

In a sense, Giuliano, the son of former Nashua Superintendent of Schools Joe Giuliano, will be returning to his roots.

"It is an honor to work with young players, and to help them obtain their goals of making it to the next level," he said.