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Jim Montgomery, former head coach and general manager of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, and former head coach of the University of Denver Pioneers, has accepted the position of head coach of the NHL’s Dallas Stars.
Montgomery began his tenure with Dubuque in 2010. During his time with the Fighting Saints, “Monty” accumulated a record of 118-45-21 (.641), won two Clark Cup championships (2011, 2013), an Anderson Cup championship (2013), and was named USHL General Manager of the Year in 2013. He helped a large amount of Fighting Saints alumni develop the skills necessary to become NHL-level professionals, such as Johnny Gaudreau, Zemgus Girgensons, Mike Matheson, Matt Benning, and many others.
Since moving on to Denver over the past five seasons, Montgomery’s tradition of excellence continued. He led the Pioneers to the NCAA Tournament in all five seasons behind the bench, won the NCAA National Championship in 2017, captured two NCHC Championships, won the Spencer Penrose Award for NCAA coach of the year in 2017, and finished as a finalist for the Herb Brooks Award for NCHC Coach of the Year in both 2016 and 2017.
The native of Montreal, Quebec was a college hockey standout for the University of Maine, where he won an NCAA National Championship and Tournament MVP in 1993. He scored 301 points in 170 games for the Black Bears. The championship pedigree continued into Montgomery’s pro career, as he helped capture the AHL’s Calder Cup with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 1998.
Montgomery is set to take over for legendary NHL coach Ken Hitchcock, who retired from his post following the conclusion of the 2017–2018 season.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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