Comments for: Montgomery pulling for Black Bears’ resurgence

Posted Nov. 27, 2012, at 7:04 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 27, 2012, at 7:26 p.m.

Jim Montgomery gets emails from people he doesn’t know. University of Maine hockey fans disgruntled with coach Tim Whitehead and the team’s 2-9-1 start want the general manager and head coach of the Dubuque (Iowa) Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League to return to Orono and restore the …

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  • Guest

    Tick, tock, Timmy. Tick, tock.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Abbott, please contact Jimmy and have this deal ready to announce when the season is over!!!!

    • Billy

      I for one would like to see a new staff for Maine hockey. Maine hockey was strong in the past because the staff they they put together. There are plenty of good coaches out there that Steve needs to take a look at. Not just the head coach, but two quality people that can assist and get the job done and lead by example. Jim couldn’t recruit at RPI and there record showed and not to mention some other issues that will hold him back My point here is to build a staff that looks similar to what Shawn had and what other hockey east teams have now. They are out there.

      • Anonymous

        Grant Standbrook
        Bobby Corkum

  • Anonymous

    Abbott needs to make the call now and get Montgomery here. No reason to delay any longer.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Montgomery saying all of the right things……well played. Hopefully, you will behind the bench in Orono next season.

  • Anonymous

    How is he “pulling for UMO” based on his comment that he is willing to listen if Abbott calls him about the HC job???
    Bye bye Tim, unless u make it to Boston. Any takers on that ????

  • Anonymous

    Forget about Montgomery. Get Standbrook back. He was one of the best recruiters Maine has ever had. When he left, the team started going down hill. I would be willing to bet alot of Montgomery’s success is because of Grant. Get him back.

    • Anonymous

      I would agree that you could make the argument that any coach who knows or has coached with Grant would say he makes them better. That being said, I think the only way Maine gets Grant is if its Monty. They are already working together it would be an ideal situation to continue doing so at a familiar place they both take pride in. I don’t think if you were to get for example a Lehman here that you would get Grant too. Either way is better than current situation however.

      • Anonymous

        Very valid point. Monty was such a great leader while playing for Maine that he would not be a bad choice to replace Whitehead if they were to go down that road. I just feel the have been very lacking in the recruiting department since Grant left. He would be a big piece of putting the puzzle back together. This season has been an embarrassment so far.

        • Anonymous

          And that is exactly it! Grant brings integrity and is a recruiting professional. That would be the greatest attribute he would bring. That would be hos primary duty no more than really being a consultant and sitting in living rooms giving parents comfidence if their kids chose Maine they will develop as men and hockey players. The other instant change you would see is his work with the goalies. No doubt he would quitely be behind the scenes making a huge difference.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, Shawn’s success also attributable to Grant. Need him back, badly. Still lives in Orono, hmmm wonder why. But, getting the recruits to Orono only step 1. Monty great coach so we can’t forget about him. We need him in Orono too.

  • Anonymous

    Of course Monty is going to say he supports the Maine coaching staff – why wouldn’t he? He is obviously well adept at handling the media and portraying a positive image, which is exactly how he handled himself throughout his time in Orono. He is an excellent coach with a proven track record in the USHL and obviously knows how to recruit and develop players. Only 2 years allowed for players in the USHL – so always recruiting and bringing in new guys and coaching them into the program – both things that Whitehead is terrible at. Most coaches stay in the USHL for 2 years as well, before they move onto DI positions. Dean Blais and Dave Hasktol are 2 guys who took this path. Gotta wonder whether Monty will take a job somewhere in DI after this season, and if it’s not at Maine they I sure hope it’s not elsewhere in HEA or you can write another 3 losses per season for Maine – in pen.

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