The inevitable happened this morning when former DU hockey head coach Jim Montgomery accepted the head coaching position for the Dallas Stars.
The hour long event was streamed on FoxSportsGo and opening comments below were posted on the Dallas Stars Twitter.
While Montgomery expressed excitement for the Dallas Stars job, he also thanked the University of Denver and emphasized that he will be “a Pioneer for life”. During the press conference, he reinforced his belief in relentless hockey, a ‘team first approach’ and a strong culture – all principles of the Jim Montgomery ‘Proscess’.
As word leaked out on the hiring of Jim Montgomery earlier in the week, NHL media began to cover the story. It was clear that Montgomery was a solid fit for a young, talented squad. He takes over a Stars team that has missed the playoffs in eight of the past 10 seasons, including the last two straight. But the roster boasts standouts like Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Alex Radulov and John Klingberg.
Now we move on to the Pioneer coaching search and what lies ahead for Denver hockey – especially behind the bench. The last Denver opening, filled by Monty, took only two weeks.