Don Sweeney and the Bruins weren’t going to let a ‘report’ linger through the long weekend, as the team confirmed the hiring of Jim Montgomery as their next head with a 3 p.m. news release Friday.
“The Boston Bruins are pleased to introduce Jim Montgomery as the next head coach of the Boston Bruins and welcome Jim, his wife, Emily, and his children, JP, Colin, Ava and Olivia, to the city of Boston,” Sweeney said in a statement. “Jim has a winning history, and throughout the interview process he conveyed his ability to connect with all types of players while also demanding that his teams play with structure. We are excited for Jim to begin to make his imprint on our team.”
While the terms of the contract were not included in the confirmation release, Montgomery’s deal with the Bruins is believed to be for three years and worth about $2 million per season, according to multiple reports.
The 53-year-old Montgomery comes with an extensive coaching resume, and has spent the last two seasons an assistant with the Blues. In St. Louis, Montgomery’s coached a Blues power play that’s been the second-best unit in the league over the last two years, with only the Oiler man advantage (led by Connor McDavid) converting at a better rate over that span.
Prior to his two seasons under Craig Berube, Montgomery served as the head coach of the Stars beginning in 2018. He compiled a 61-43-10 record in Dallas before he was fired in Dec. 2019 due to “unprofessional conduct,”, and it was later revealed that Montgomery struggled with alcohol abuse, and the Quebec-born coach entered a rehabilitation program.
Montgomery, who played college hockey at the University of Maine (and remains the program’s all-time leading scorer), also put together an extremely impressive resume below the professional level.
The head coach for the University of Denver from 2013 through 2017, Montgomery led the Pioneers to the NCAA tournament in each of his five seasons, including two Frozen Four appearances, as well a National Championship in 2017. Montgomery also ran the bench for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL, and won two Clark Cups in three years.
According to the team, Montgomery will be officially introduced in a press conference alongside Sweeney, B’s CEO Charlie Jacobs, and team president Cam Neely at TD Garden during the week of July 11.
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