After over three weeks of searching and countless interviews, Don Sweeney and the Bruins have finally found their next head coach with the hiring of Jim Montgomery.
Montgomery arrives to the Bruins with a season and a half of NHL head coaching experience with the Stars. In Dallas, Montgomery compiled a 61-43-10 record and took the Stars to the second round of the 2019 playoffs (where they lost a Game 7 to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Blues) before he was ultimately fired by Stars general manager Jim Nill in Dec. 2019 for “unprofessional conduct.”
Shortly after his departure from the club, it was revealed that Montgomery had a drinking problem, and that the 53-year-old had entered a rehabilitation program for his issues with alcohol.
Montgomery has since bounced back, and landed back in the NHL in the process, as he’s spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the Blues. With St. Louis, Montgomery has worked mostly with the team’s forwards and power play, with the Blues’ man advantage clicking at the league’s second-best rate since Montgomery took over for Marc Savard after the 2020 postseason.
Prior to his NHL run, Montgomery built a strong winning program with the University of Denver, which culminated with a national title in 2017. Montgomery also won a pair of championships in the USHL as the head coach of the Dubuque Fighting Saints from 2010 through 2013.
Montgomery, who was a standout at the University of Maine and is still the school’s all-time scoring leader almost 30 years after his departure, has been involved in coaching since 2004. It’s believed that he beat out ex-Rangers coach David Quinn and Kraken assistant Jay Leach for this gig with the Bruins.
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