Jim Montgomery (ice hockey)

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Jim Montgomery
Born (1969-06-30) June 30, 1969 (age 48)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for St. Louis Blues
Montreal Canadiens
Philadelphia Flyers
San Jose Sharks
Dallas Stars
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1993–2005
Jim Montgomery
Sport(s) Ice hockey
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Denver
Biographical details
Alma mater Maine
Playing career
1989–1993 Maine
Position(s) Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2005–2006 Notre Dame (assistant)
2006–2010 Rensselaer (assistant)
2010–2013 Dubuque Fighting Saints
2013–present Denver
Head coaching record
Overall 102–47–18 (.665)
Tournaments 7-4
Accomplishments and honors
2011 Clark Cup
2013 Anderson Cup
2013 Clark Cup
2014 NCHC Tournament Champion
2017 NCHC Regular Season Champion
2017 NCAA National Champion

James Peter Montgomery (born June 30, 1969) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, and Dallas Stars. He currently is the head hockey coach at the 2017 National Championship-winning University of Denver.

Playing career[edit]

Montgomery was undrafted out of high school, therefore he joined the University of Maine and played 4 years with the team, winning numerous awards and establishing himself as one of the best prospects in hockey. Most notably he was named an All-Star 3 years (1991, 1992, 1993) and was named NCAA Tournament Championship MVP when he captained Maine to a record of 42–1–2 and the 1993 National Championship. Montgomery finished his career at Maine as the school's all-time leading scoring with 301 points on 103 goals and 198 assists. His number 19 was retired for him by Maine, 1 of 3 players who have that honor.

Following college Montgomery was signed by the St. Louis Blues. For the 1993–94 season he skated in 67 contests and scored 20 points, both NHL career highs. Following the season the highly touted Montgomery was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Guy Carbonneau. For the 1994–95 season however things did not work out and after just 5 games Montgomery was released by the Canadiens. Later in the year he was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers and skated in 8 regular season contests and 7 playoff contests with the Flyers. Montgomery is credited with nicknaming the dominant line of John LeClair, Eric Lindros, and Mikael Renberg the "Legion of Doom".[1] The 1995–96 season saw Montgomery play only 5 games with the Flyers but he had a career year with the Flyers minor league affiliate Hershey Bears of the AHL. He scored 105 points in 78 games and was named to the AHL Second All-Star Team.

It would be another 4 years before Montgomery would return to the NHL. He played in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) in Germany for the 1996–97 season, followed by two full years with the Philadelphia Phantoms. For The 1999–2000 season Montgomery played part of the year with the Phantoms and spent the majority of the year with the Manitoba Moose.

In 2000 Montgomery was signed by the San Jose Sharks. He played the majority of the 2000–01 season with the Kentucky Thoroughblades but also skated in 28 games with the Sharks. The following year he was signed by the Dallas Stars and played 9 games with the team over 2 years, spending most of his time with the Utah Grizzlies. Montgomery then played one year in Russia and one year with the Missouri River Otters before retiring in 2005.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season  
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 St. Louis Blues NHL 67 6 14 20 44
1994–95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 5 0 0 0 2
1994–95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 8 1 1 2 6
1995–96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 5 1 2 3 9
2000–01 San Jose Sharks NHL 28 1 6 7 19
2001–02 Dallas Stars NHL 8 0 2 2 0
2002–03 Dallas Stars NHL 1 0 0 0 0
6 Years Totals NHL 122 9 25 34 80

Coaching career[edit]

Montgomery was an assistant coach for Notre Dame for the 2005–06 season. In 2006, Montgomery began a four-year stint as assistant coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. On April 12, 2010, he was named head coach of the United States Hockey League (USHL) expansion franchise Dubuque Fighting Saints. In the team's first year, Montgomery guided the Fighting Saints to a 37–14–9 record and the 2010–11 USHL championship with a three games to one victory over the Green Bay Gamblers. He went on to win the Clark Cup again during the 2012–13 season. In 2013, Montgomery was signed by University of Denver as head coach of their Pioneers men's ice hockey team and led them to a berth in the NCAA Tournament. He led the Pioneers to the 2016 Frozen Four. In 2017, his fourth year as the head coach of the Pioneers, he led them to the National Championship game after establishing them as the first-seeded team in the country for the majority of the season.[2] In 2016–17 season he was named the Spencer Penrose national coach of the year.[3][4]

College Head Coaching Record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Denver Pioneers (NCHC) (2013–14–present)
2013-14 Denver 20–16–6 14–12–3 6th NCAA Regional Semifinals
2014-15 Denver 24–14–2 16–11–1 4th NCAA Regional Finals
2015-16 Denver 25–10–6 19–6–3 3rd NCAA Frozen Four
2016-17 Denver 33–7–4 18–3–3 1st NCAA National Champion
Denver: 102–47–18 67–32–10
Total: 102–47–18

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 1989–90
All-Hockey East Second Team 1990–91
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 1990–91
All-Hockey East Second Team 1991–92
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 1992 [5]
All-Hockey East First Team 1992–93
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 1992–93
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 1993 [5]
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 1993 [6]
  • 1996: AHL Second All-Star Team


  1. ^ Meltzer, Bill (2006-11-11). "Legion of the Doomed". Inside Hockey. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  2. ^ Maiman, Beth (April 8, 2017). "Frozen Four: Denver beats Minnesota Duluth 3-2 to win first NCAA hockey title since 2005". NCAA.com. Retrieved August 24, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Denver's Jim Montgomery is CCM/AHCA Men's Division I Coach of the Year". ahcahockey.com. April 4, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Denver's Montgomery Wins AHCA's Penrose Award as Division I Men's Coach of the Year". www.nchchockey.com. April 4, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "2013–14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  6. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Scott Pellerin
William Flynn Tournament Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Dwayne Roloson