Wednesday, April 15, 2009
--- USA Hockey announced today that Coyotes goaltender Al Montoya will represent Team USA at the 2009 IIHF World Championship in Switzerland, April 24 to May 10.
Montoya, 24, appeared in five games for the Coyotes this season, posting a record of 3-1-0 with a 2.08 goals against average (GAA), a .925 save percentage (SV%) and one shutout. On April 1, 2009, Montoya became the first goalie in Coyotes/Jets franchise history to record a shutout in his NHL debut when he stopped all 23 shots he faced in a 3-0 win at Colorado.
Prior to being recalled by the Coyotes on March 23, Montoya spent the season with Phoenix’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. In his last six appearances with San Antonio, Montoya posted a record of 3-2-0 with a 1.50 GAA and a .944 SV%, stopping 134 of the 142 shots he has faced in that span. During that stretch, Montoya did not allow more than two goals in a game. For the season, Montoya finished 7-17-2 with a 3.23 GAA and a .885 SV% in 29 games with the Rampage. Last year, he finished with a record of 8-6-0 with a 2.59 GAA and a .912 SV% in 14 games for San Antonio after being acquired from the New York Rangers on Feb. 26, 2008. Montoya also compiled a 16-8-3 record with a 2.54 GAA and .908 SV% in 31 games 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 81-57-4 with a 2.61 GAA and nine shutouts in 162 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, Ill., Montoya played three 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 the country’s first-ever gold medal at the World Junior Championship. The 6-foot-2, 202-pound Montoya received the Directorate Award as the tournament’s top goaltender after posting a 6-0-0 record with a 1.33 GAA, a .944 SV% and two shutouts.
Montoya joins Shane Doan
, Matthew Lombardi and Scottie Upshall (Canada) as Coyotes to have been named to World Championship rosters thus far.