NEWS CENTER - Maine hockey’s all-time leading scorer Jim Montgomery has accepted the head coaching position at Denver University.
The captain of the Black Bears first national championship team in 1992-93 was offered the position Saturday morning and accepted the position later in the day. Denver University has scheduled a press conference for Monday morning to announce Montgomery’s appointment to their vacant position.
Montgomery spent parts of seven seasons in the NHL and 12 years collectively as a pro. After his retirement from playing in 2005, Montgomery spent one year as a collegiate assistant at Notre Dame then four more years in a similar position at Renselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The Montreal native’s first head coaching position came with the Dubuque Fighting Saints, a junior A team in the USHL. He also held the position of GM. In his three seasons with Dubuque he has amassed a record of 117-45-16, including the league championship in his first season back in 2010-11.
The 1993 Frozen Four MVP was one of four candidates on the University of Maine’s shortlist to replaced fired head coach Tim Whitehead. The other three are also former Black Bear players: current UMaine interim coach Bob Corkum, New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano, and Scott Pellerin, the head coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who is the AHL affliate for the Islanders.