Jim Montgomery was employed by the St. Louis Blues as an assistant Wednesday, lower than a yr since he was fired by the Dallas Stars for unprofessional conduct.
Montgomery is getting a second probability within the NHL 10 months since Stars normal supervisor Jim Nill mentioned the 51-year-old coach acted inconsistently with “core values and beliefs of the Dallas Stars and the Nationwide Hockey League” and did not elaborate. The Stars changed him in December with interim coach Rick Bowness and are actually within the Stanley Cup Last.
In a press release launched by the Blues, Montgomery mentioned he and his household are very grateful to proprietor Tom Stillman, normal supervisor Doug Armstrong and coach Craig Berube for this chance. His Stars misplaced within the second spherical of the 2019 playoffs to Berube’s Blues, who went on to win the Cup.
Montgomery fills the spot vacated by Marc Savard, who stepped away from teaching after one season to return to his household in Canada.
That is Montgomery’s first NHL assistant teaching job. After a enjoying profession as a centre that included one season with St. Louis within the mid-90s, Montgomery went behind the bench within the school ranks, gained two championships with the Dubuque Combating Saints of the US Hockey League and coached 5 years on the College of Denver earlier than the Stars employed him.
Montgomery was thought of one of many subsequent large teaching stars on the time and acquired Dallas to the playoffs in his first season there. Whereas the circumstances round his firing in December stay murky, Nill referred to as it a “whole shock”
“A really powerful determination,” Nill mentioned then. “I’ve acquired a variety of respect for Jim Montgomery. He is an excellent coach. And sadly, you understand, generally in life, the toughest choices are the hardest. And that is one among them.”
It labored out properly for the Stars after Nill needed to make one other powerful determination who would take over amongst Bowness, John Stevens and Todd Nelson, who had all been NHL head coaches earlier than. After studying of Montgomery’s conduct, Nill did not have a lot time to make that call.
“I simply needed to determine who I wished to be form of the chief of that group,” Nill mentioned Tuesday. “I knew that any of them may very well be, however I simply thought Rick was most likely the man. He’d been in Dallas with us the longest at the moment. He is completed a great job.”