GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed goaltender Al Montoya and left wing David Spina to contracts. As per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Montoya, 23, posted a record of 8-6-0 with a 2.59 goals against average (GAA) and a .912 save percentage (SV%) in 14 games for the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season after being acquired from the New York Rangers along with forward Marcel Hossa for forwards Fredrik Sjostrom and Josh Gratton and goaltender David Le Neveveu on Feb. 26. Montoya also collected a 16-8-3 record with a 2.54 GAA and .908 SV% for the Rangers’ AHL affiliate, the Hartford WolfPack last season.
Montoya, who was selected by the Rangers in the first round (6th overall) of the 2004 Entry Draft, has posted a record of 74-40-4 with a 2.47 GAA, a .910 SV% and eight shutouts in 133 career AHL games. He finished the 2006-07 season with a 27-17-0 record and ranked T-3rd in the AHL in shutouts (6), 5th in GAA (2.30) and T-5th in wins (27).
A native of Glenview, Illinois, Montoya played four years of collegiate hockey at the University of Michigan where he finished with a career record of 86-29-8. He led the team to the Frozen Four during his freshman year in 2002-03 and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2003-04. In 2004, he led Team USA to its first-ever gold medal at the World Junior Championship. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Montoya was named the tournament’s top goaltender after posting a 6-0-0 record with a 1.33 GAA, a .944 SV% and two shutouts.
Spina, 25, recorded 21-29-50 and 35 penalty minutes (PIM) in 76 games last season for San Antonio. He ranked 3rd on the team in points (50) and assists (29) and T-4th in goals (21). He also collected three goals in seven playoff games.
Spina, a native of Mesa, Arizona, played hockey as a youngster in the Phoenix Junior Roadrunners program. He later attended Red Mountain High School in Mesa for a year before playing junior hockey for the Texas Tornadoes of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and spending a season with the U.S. National Development Program.
Spina registered 15-20-35 and 80 PIM in 73 games with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL during the 2006-07 campaign. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound forward also collected 4-2-6 and four PIM in six games with the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL. Spina also recorded 11-13-24 and 36 PIM in 54 games with Springfield and scored 7 goals in 11 games with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL in his first full professional season of 2005-06.
In four seasons at Boston College, Spina tallied 49-54-103 in 138 games. He ranked 3rd on the team in scoring as a senior in 2004-05 with 13-15-28 in 40 games. Spina was named to the 2001-02 Hockey East All-Rookie Team as he collected 13-13-26 in 36 games as a freshman.