Steve Montador

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Steve Montador
Steve Montador 9 17 11.jpg
Born (1979-12-21) December 21, 1979 (age 34)
Vancouver, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
KHL team
Former teams
KHL Medveščak Zagreb
Calgary Flames
Florida Panthers
Anaheim Ducks
Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres
Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2000–present

Steve Montador (born December 21, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently under contract to KHL Medveščak Zagreb of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Playing career[edit]

Undrafted, Montador played in the Ontario Hockey League with the North Bay Centennials, Erie Otters and the Peterborough Petes. Montador was signed by the Calgary Flames as a free agent and spent time playing for the Saint John Flames out of the American Hockey League. Montador made his Calgary debut during the 2001–02 NHL season playing 11 games and scoring a goal and two assists for three points. Over the next two season, Montador played 76 more regular season games for Calgary and played 20 games in the 2003–04 NHL Playoffs which saw Calgary reach the Stanley Cup finals only to lose to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Montador was one of many NHL players to play in Europe, playing for French outfit Mulhouse. Early in the 2005–06 season on December 2, 2005, Montador was traded by the Flames along with Dustin Johner to the Florida Panthers for Kristian Huselius. Noted for his gritty defensive style, Montador's best season came in 2007–08, when he had career bests with eight goals and 23 points in 73 games with Florida.

In the 2008–09 season, Montador was signed as a free agent to a one-year deal by the Anaheim Ducks on July 11, 2008.[1] On March 4, 2009, Montador was traded by the Ducks at the trade deadline to the Boston Bruins for Petteri Nokelainen.[2] Montador played in 11 post-season games helping the Bruins reach the conference semi-finals.

On July 1, 2009, Montador signed a 2 year, $3.1M free agent deal with the Buffalo Sabres.[3]

His rights were traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for a seventh round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on June 29, 2011. The next day he was signed to a four-year contract with the Blackhawks.[4] The signing was hailed by one local blog site claiming Montador's stay-at-home style will be a compliment to the generally more offensive minded defenseman currently on the roster.[5]

During his first campaign with the Blackhawks in 2011–12, Montador suffered a season-ending concussion on March 27, 2012. He post-concussion symptoms continued through the 2012 NHL lockout and the start of the shortened 2012–13 season. After resuming practice on February 22, 2013, and upon clearance to return, he was placed on waivers by the Blackhawks in order to regain match fitness with affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.[6] On June 28, 2013, the Blackhawks announced Montador would be bought out making him a free agent during the off season.[7]

With little NHL interest, on August 11, 2013, Montador signed a one-year deal in Croatia with the newest KHL member, KHL Medveščak Zagreb.[8]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 North Bay Centennials OHL 63 7 28 35 129
1997–98 North Bay Centennials OHL 37 5 16 21 54
1997–98 Erie Otters OHL 26 3 17 20 35 7 1 1 2 8
1998–99 Erie Otters OHL 61 9 33 42 114 5 0 2 2 9
1999–00 Peterborough Petes OHL 64 14 42 56 97 5 0 2 2 4
1999–00 Saint John Flames AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Saint John Flames AHL 58 1 6 7 95 19 0 8 8 13
2001–02 Saint John Flames AHL 67 9 16 25 107
2001–02 Calgary Flames NHL 11 1 2 3 26
2002–03 Saint John Flames AHL 11 1 7 8 20
2002–03 Calgary Flames NHL 50 1 1 2 114
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 26 1 2 3 50 20 1 2 3 6
2004–05 Mulhouse FRA 15 1 7 8 69
2005–06 Calgary Flames NHL 7 1 0 1 11
2005–06 Florida Panthers NHL 51 1 5 6 68
2006–07 Florida Panthers NHL 72 1 8 9 119
2007–08 Florida Panthers NHL 73 8 15 23 73
2008–09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 65 4 16 20 125
2008–09 Boston Bruins NHL 13 0 1 1 18 11 1 2 3 18
2009–10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 5 18 23 75 6 1 0 1 4
2010–11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 5 21 26 83 6 0 1 1 8
2011–12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 52 5 9 14 45
2012–13 Rockford IceHogs AHL 14 2 3 5 13
NHL totals 571 33 98 131 807 43 3 5 8 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ducks ink Steve Montador to one-year deal". Anaheim Ducks. 2008-07-11. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  2. ^ "Bruins add Montador from Ducks for Nokelainen". NHL. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  3. ^ "Sabres sign Montador to two-year deal". TSN. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  4. ^ "Blackhawks sign Steve Montador to fill defensive void". Sun Times. 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2011-06-30. 
  5. ^ "Chicago Blackhawks acquiring Steve Montador is a step in the right direction". bleacherreport.com. 2011-07-02. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  6. ^ "Montador returns to practice". ESPN. 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2013-02-22. 
  7. ^ "Blackhawks to use buyouts on Montador and Olesz". Chicago Blackhawks. 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  8. ^ "Conqueror of Calder and Stanley finalist Montador signed" (in Croatian). KHL Medveščak Zagreb. 2013-08-11. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 

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