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Montgomery releases statement for first time since being fired by Stars

Former Dallas coach says he is getting treatment for alcohol abuse @NHLdotcom

Jim Montgomery released a statement Friday, his first public comments since being fired as coach of the Dallas Stars on Dec. 10.

Montgomery said he has been receiving counseling for alcohol abuse and has checked himself into an in-patient residential program.

"Losing my job as head coach of the Dallas Stars was a wake-up call," the statement said. "It was also the appropriate call. I let the team's front office, staff and players down. More importantly, I let my wife and family down. The team's decision to end my role forced me to look into the mirror and decide whether I wanted to continue living a damaging lifestyle or get help. I decided to get help."

Montgomery, who was hired as Dallas coach May 4, 2018, was replaced by Rick Bowness.

Montgomery was 60-43-10 in 113 games as Stars coach, including 17-11-3 this season. Dallas reached the Western Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, a seven-game loss to the eventual champion St. Louis Blues last season.

Tweet from @FriedgeHNIC: Jim Montgomery has released a statement. These are his first public comments:

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