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Stars announce Álvaro "Al" Montoya as director of community outreach

The newly created position will be focused on helping the organization grow the game of hockey among underrepresented fans

by Dallas Stars Communications @DallasStars

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars President and CEO Brad Alberts announced today the hiring of Álvaro "Al" Montoya to serve as the club's Director of Community Outreach. The newly created position will be focused on helping the organization grow the game of hockey among underrepresented fans, including Spanish-speakers like himself.

"The Dallas Stars are taking a proactive approach to ensuring that underrepresented communities have a voice at the table," said Montoya. "From my initial conversations with the executive leadership team, I was impressed with their vision for this position because it was beyond just a figurehead or networking resource. Along with numerous other responsibilities, I will be given the chance to be involved with the decision-making process that will impact how the team connects with those who might not have any experience or background in the sport. I am grateful to the Stars for the opportunity to be put in a position that empowers me to positively impact my new home in North Texas."

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The son of a Cuban refugee, Montoya was the first Cuban American to play in the National Hockey League and the first native Spanish speaker in the League's history. He currently serves on the NHL's Player Inclusion Committee, which was formed in 2020 to help develop action-oriented solutions that positively impact the access, opportunity and experiences that underrepresented groups have in the game - and in the business - of hockey.

"We are thrilled to welcome Al and his family to the Dallas Stars," said Alberts. "He will be an invaluable resource that will help us connect with underrepresented groups in our sport. The life experiences that he brings to this role can't be understated. We are looking forward to seeing how his leadership will positively impact the Dallas/Fort Worth community and Stars fans across the world."

Over nine NHL seasons, Montoya appeared in 168 contests with the Phoenix Coyotes, New York Islanders, Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, and Edmonton Oilers. He earned a 67-49-24 record with a .908 save percentage, a 2.65 goals against average and seven shutouts. Montoya also manned the net in 208 career contests in the American Hockey League (AHL) with Hartford, San Antonio and Bakersfield, posting a 101-78-9 record with a .903 SV%, 2.70 GAA and nine shutouts.

Prior to his professional career, Montoya played for the Texas Tornado of the NAHL in North Richland Hills, Texas (2000-01) and the United States National Team Development Program (2001-02). At the international level, the netminder has represented the United States on numerous occasions including the IIHF World Championship (2009, 2011) and the IIHF World Junior Championship (2004, 2005), helping lead Team USA to a gold medal in 2004.

The native of Chicago, Illinois was originally selected by the New York Rangers with the sixth overall selection in the 2004 NHL Draft.

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