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Montgomery led Denver to back-to-back trips to the Frozen Four (2016, 2017) and helped the Pioneers capture the 2017 National Championship. Additionally, he guided Denver to five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances as the team reached the NCAA Tournament every season he was at the helm. Montgomery posted a 70-35-15-9 mark within the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) over those five seasons to make the Pioneers the winningest program in the five-year history of the conference. During his tenure at Denver, the team also earned two NCHC Tournament Championships in 2014 and 2018, as well as being crowned NCHC Regular Season Champions during the 2013-14 regular-season. A two-time finalist for the Herb Brooks Award as NCHC Coach of the Year (2016, 2017), Montgomery won the Spencer Penrose Award as national coach of the year in 2017.

Prior to his time at the University of Denver, the native of Montreal, Que. spent three seasons as head coach and General Manager of the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League (USHL) from 2010-13. In his three seasons, Montgomery accrued a 118-45-21 record, while leading Dubuque to two Clark Cup championships in 2011 and 2013 as well as an Anderson Cup as the USHL's regular season champions for the 2012-13 season. Montgomery was twice named USHL General Manager of the Year with Dubuque in 2010-11 and 2012-13.

He also spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute of the NCAA's ECAC from 2006-10. Montgomery began his coaching career at Notre Dame of the then-Central Collegiate Hockey Association, serving as an assistant coach for the 2005-06 campaign.

A former center, Montgomery played in 122 career NHL games with St. Louis, Montreal, Philadelphia, San Jose and Dallas, recording 34 points (9-25=34) and 80 penalty minutes. He also registered 493 points (165-328=493) and 538 penalty minutes in 451 career American Hockey League contests with Hershey, Philadelphia, Kentucky and Utah. Before starting his professional career, Montgomery played four seasons at the University of Maine of Hockey East from 1989-93. During his time at Maine, he helped the Black Bears win two Hockey East Tournament championships (1992, 1993) and the 1993 National Championship, marking the first national championship in school history. During his senior season at Maine in 1993, he served as the team's captain and was selected as a Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist, along with being named the NCAA Tournament Championship MVP. He finished his collegiate career ranked first in program history with 198 assists and 301 points (103-198=301), both of which still stand today. Montgomery was induced into the University of Maine Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998 and once again in 2017 as a member of the 1993 National Championship Team. His number #19 that he wore as a player at Maine is one of three numbers to be retired by the men's hockey program.

Montgomery and his wife Emily have four children -- JP (8), Colin (6), Ava (3) and Olivia (6 months).

The Spruce Grove, Alta. native finished his playing career with the Stars, having recorded 120 points (53-67=120) in 329 regular-season games over parts of five seasons. Barnes was acquired by Dallas via trade with Buffalo on March 10, 2003 in exchange for forward Michael Ryan and the second-round selection in the 2003 NHL Draft (Branislav Fabry). He was originally selected by Winnipeg in the first round (4th overall) of the 1989 NHL Draft. Prior to his time in the NHL, Barnes enjoyed a stellar career with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League. He currently co-owns the team with his former junior teammate, goaltender Olaf Kolzig.

Barnes and his wife, Julie, have two children: daughter, Riley, and son, Jack.

Over his coaching career, Bowness has served in a number of different coaching capacities at the NHL level for the Winnipeg Jets, Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks and Tampa Bay Lightning. He also served as an NHL head coach for parts of nine seasons with Winnipeg (1988-89), Boston (1991-92), Ottawa (1992-96), the New York Islanders (1996-98) and Phoenix (2003-04). Bowness owns a 123-289-48-3 record over his head coaching career.

Originally selected by the Atlanta Flames in the second round (26th overall) of the 1975 NHL Draft, Bowness also played in parts of six NHL seasons for Atlanta, Detroit, St. Louis and Winnipeg. He logged 55 points (18-37=55) and 191 penalty minutes in 173 regular-season games in his NHL career. The Moncton, New Brunswick native began his coaching career as a player/coach for the Sherbrooke Jets of the American Hockey League (AHL) for the 1982-83 season. He also served as head coach and general manager of the Moncton Hawks (AHL) from 1987-89 before taking over as head coach in Winnipeg midway through the 1988-89 campaign. Bowness also acted as head coach of the Maine Mariners (AHL) for two seasons from 1989-91.

Rick and his wife, Judy, have two sons and a daughter.

This marks the Prince Albert, Sask. native's third stint behind an NHL bench. Nelson assumed the role of head coach of the Edmonton Oilers midway through the 2014-15 campaign, posting a 17-22-7 record in 46 games. He also spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Thrashers from 2008-10, during which time the Thrashers earned a 70-75-19 record. In addition to his time in the NHL, Nelson served as head coach of the AHL's Oklahoma City Barons from 2010-15. Under his tutelage, the Barons logged a 176-111-46 record and reached the playoffs in each of his five seasons with the club. He also served as an assistant coach with the Chicago Wolves from 2006-08, winning the 2008 Calder Cup. Nelson began his coaching career as a player-assistant coach with the United Hockey League's (UHL) Muskegon Fury during the 2001-02 season before returning as the team's head coach from 2003-06, helping the Fury to back-to-back UHL championships in 2004 and 2005.

Originally selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth round (79th overall) of the 1989 NHL Draft, Nelson recorded one goal (1-0=1) in three career NHL regular-season games with Pittsburgh and Washington, while also skating in four Stanley Cup Playoff contests with Washington.

Over parts of 11 seasons in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs (1987-92, 1998-99), Calgary Flames (1991-94), Hartford Whalers (1993-96), Tampa Bay (1995-96) and New Jersey Devils (1996-97), Reese posted a 53-65-17 record with a 3.66 goals against average and five shutouts in 174 career regular-season contests. In 11 appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Reese posted a 3-5 mark with a 4.08 GAA.

Reese holds NHL records for most assists and most points by a goaltender in a single game, set when he had three assists for the Calgary Flames in a game against the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 10, 1993. He was selected by Toronto in the fourth round (67th overall) of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.

Forbes interned with the Dallas Stars broadcast department during the 2006-07 season and worked as a freelance television professional for teams from the NHL, NBA, MLB and NFL for three years. The Nanaimo, B.C. native graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2006 with a degree in broadcasting and electronic media. Forbes played hockey at OU from 2003-06 and also skated for the Oklahoma City Blazers of the CHL in 2006.

Forbes resides in Dallas with his wife, Julie, and has two sons: Isaac and Ryder.

Andrake comes to Dallas after spending the previous two seasons serving as the video coach of the Texas Stars, Dallas' primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). Prior to joining Texas in 2016, the native of Glen Rock, N.J. also handled the video duties for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Albany Devils, Worcester Sharks and Portland Pirates between 2011 and 2014. Additionally, Andrake has previously worked at the NHL level with the New Jersey Devils, Arizona Coyotes and New York Rangers. Andrake graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Kinesiology in 2011, where he also served as a student manager for the men's hockey team. He currently resides in Plano.

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