Jim Montgomery’s first season as a head coach in the National Hockey League was a successful one.
The former University of Maine All-American and Hobey Baker Award finalist led the Dallas Stars to a 43-32-7 record and a playoff series victory over Nashville before losing to eventual Stanley Cup champion St. Louis in the Western Conference semifinals.
The NHL season starts Wednesday, and the Stars open at 8:30 p.m. Thursday when they entertain the Boston Bruins. The Bruins reached the Stanley Cup finals and lost to St. Louis in seven games.
The 50-year-old Montgomery, UMaine’s all-time leading scorer with 301 points and UMaine Sports Hall of Famer, is one of several former UMaine players working in the NHL. That group includes goaltender Ben Bishop (Dallas), goalie Jimmy Howard (Detroit), defenseman Ben Hutton (Los Angeles Kings), and forwards Gustav Nyquist (Columbus) and Devin Shore (Anaheim).