June 30, 1969|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
St. Louis Blues|
San Jose Sharks
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2005–2006||Notre Dame (assistant)|
|2010–2013||Dubuque Fighting Saints|
|2020-Present||St. Louis Blues (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|1993 NCAA National Champion (player)|
2011 Clark Cup
2013 Anderson Cup
2013 Clark Cup
2014 NCHC Tournament Champion
2017 NCHC Regular Season Champion
2017 NCAA National Champion (coach)
2018 NCHC Tournament Champion
James Peter Montgomery (born June 30, 1969) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. He currently serves as an assistant coach for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). During his playing career he played in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, and Dallas Stars.
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. His three third-period goals lifted the Black Bears to a 5-4 comeback win over Lake Superior State in the title game. 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 by Maine, one of three players who have that honour, the others being Hobey Baker Award winners Scott Pellerin (#8), and Paul Kariya (#9).
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". 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 two 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.
|1988–89||Pembroke Lumber Kings||CCHL||50||53||101||154||112||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989–90||University of Maine||HE||45||26||34||60||35||—||—||—||—||—|
|1990–91||University of Maine||HE||43||24||57||81||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||University of Maine||HE||37||21||44||65||46||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||University of Maine||HE||45||32||63||95||40||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||St. Louis Blues||NHL||67||6||14||20||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||San Jose Sharks||NHL||28||1||6||7||19||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Salavat Yulaev Ufa||RSL||20||0||7||7||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Missouri River Otters||UHL||42||20||27||47||64||3||0||0||0||0|
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. In 2016–17 season he was named the Spencer Penrose national coach of the year.
On December 10, 2019, the Stars fired Montgomery for "unprofessional conduct inconsistent with the core values and beliefs of the Dallas Stars and the National Hockey League." At a press conference, general manager Jim Nill said the situation had come to light the previous weekend, and involved "a material act of unprofessionalism" egregious enough to demand Montgomery's immediate firing. He did not offer specifics "out of respect for everyone involved," only saying that it did not involve abuse of players or criminal conduct. Rick Bowness, who joined the team a month after Montgomery's hiring in May 2018, was named interim coach, while Derek Laxdal (who was the head coach of the Texas Stars at the time) would be promoted to the assistant coaching position that was vacated by Bowness.
According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, Montgomery was fired for "a personal behaviour issue," and the Stars were not divulging details to protect the privacy of both the whistleblower and Montgomery's family. Montgomery told WFAA in Dallas that "there will be a time" when he speaks about the circumstances that led to his firing.
On January 3, 2020, Montgomery announced that he had checked himself into rehab to deal with alcohol abuse. He said that the Stars had made "an appropriate call" in firing him, and that his ouster made him realize he was living a "damaging lifestyle." On January 7, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Montgomery was fired in part due to concerns about his drinking. Nill had reportedly confronted Montgomery on numerous occasions about drinking in public. The Stars had been aware of Montgomery's history with alcohol; he had been arrested for DUI in 2008 during his time at RPI.
On September 16, 2020, the St. Louis Blues announced they had signed Montgomery to a two-year contract serving as assistant coach to Craig Berube.
Head coaching record
|DAL||2018–19||82||43||32||7||93||4th in Central||7||6||.538||Lost in Second Round|
|Denver Pioneers (National Collegiate Hockey Conference) (2013–2018)|
|2013–14||Denver||20–16–6||14–12–3||6th||NCAA Northeast Regional Semifinals|
|2014–15||Denver||24–14–2||16–11–1||4th||NCAA East Regional Final|
|2015–16||Denver||25–10–6||19–6–3||3rd||NCAA Frozen Four|
|2017–18||Denver||23–10–8||12–6–6||2nd||NCAA Midwest Regional Final|
Postseason invitational champion
|DBQ||2010–11||60||37||14||9||83||1st in Western Conference||9||2||.818||Won Clark Cup|
|DBQ||2011–12||60||36||20||4||76||3rd in Eastern Conference||2||3||.400||Lost in Conference Semifinals|
|DBQ||2012–13||64||45||11||8||98||1st in Eastern Conference||9||2||.818||Won Clark Cup|
Awards and honours
- 1996: AHL Second All-Star Team
- "Jim Montgomery". denverpioneers.com. Archived from the original on June 30, 2018. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
- Cowan, Stu (August 19, 2014). "Marking the 20th anniversary of Habs trading captain Carbonneau". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
- Meltzer, Bill (November 11, 2006). "Legion of the Doomed". Inside Hockey. Archived from the original on December 6, 2010. Retrieved November 8, 2010.
- 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.
- "Denver's Jim Montgomery is CCM/AHCA Men's Division I Coach of the Year". ahcahockey.com. April 4, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
- "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.
- "Stars name Jim Montgomery as head coach". NHL.com. May 4, 2018. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
- "Jim Montgomery dismissed as head coach of Stars". NHL.com. December 10, 2019. Retrieved December 11, 2019.
- DeFranks, Matthew (December 10, 2019). "Dallas Stars fire coach Jim Montgomery 'due to unprofessional conduct'". Dallas News. Retrieved December 11, 2019.
- "Dallas Stars fire head coach Jim Montgomery for 'unprofessional conduct'". CBC.ca. Retrieved December 11, 2019.
- Elliotte Friedman (December 11, 2019). "31 Thoughts: Jim Montgomery firing hockey's latest bombshell". Sportsnet.
- Alex Rozier; Mike Leslie (December 11, 2019). "Fired Dallas Stars head coach promises 'there will be a time' he'll talk". WFAA.
- Shanna McCarriston (January 3, 2020). "Former Stars coach Jim Montgomery releases first comments since being fired for 'unprofessional conduct'". CBS Sports.
- Mac Engel (January 7, 2020). "Dallas Stars previously had warned Jim Montgomery about his relationship with alcohol". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
- Miller, Corey (September 16, 2020). "Former Stars head coach, Blues forward Jim Montgomery named assistant coach in St. Louis". ksdk.com. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
- "2013–14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
- "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
| Head coach of the Dallas Stars
|Awards and achievements|
| William Flynn Tournament Most Valuable Player
| NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
| Spencer Penrose Award