The Dallas Stars officially named Jim Montgomery as the 23rd head coach in franchise history and the eighth since the team moved to Dallas in 1993 on May 4, 2018.
The 48-year-old native of Montreal, Quebec was hired after five seasons at the University of Denver, where he led the Pioneers' men's ice hockey team to the NCAA National Championship in 2017.
» University of Maine men's ice hockey team's all-time leading scorer with 198 assists and 301 points
» Led University of Denver to the NCAA National Championship as head coach in 2017
» Five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances while leading the University of Denver, including back-to-back Frozen Four appearances in 2016 and 2017
» Winner of 2017 Spencer Penrose Award as national collegiate coach of the year
» Two-time USHL General Manager of the Year with the Dubuque Fighting Saints (2010-11, 2012-13)
» 122 career games played in the National Hockey League with St. Louis, Montreal, Philadelphia, San Jose and Dallas
Following a playing career that spanned from 1993-2005, Montgomery joined Notre Dame for one season as an assistant coach during the Fighting Irish's 2005-06 season.
Then, from 2006-10, Montgomery served as an assistant at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
In 2010, Montgomery earned his first head-coaching job for the United States Hockey League's Dubuque Fighting Saints, a Tier-I junior team, leading the club to a Clark Cup Championship in just its first year in the league and one more in 2013 before departing to lead the University of Denver.
With the Pioneers, Montgomery rose to become one of the game's top up-and-coming coaches, earning a combined 125-57-26 record. Under his guidance, Denver made the NCAA Tournament in all five of Montgomery's seasons at the helm, including winning the program's first National Championship in 12 years in 2017.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Montgomery was a star on the ice. Undrafted out of high school, Montgomery joined the University of Maine where he established himself as a top-rated prospect. With the Blackbears, Montgomery was named the Most Valuable Player of the NCAA Tournament Championship in 1993 when he captained the squad to a 42-1-2 record and its first-ever national title.
Montgomery finished his collegiate career as Maine's and the Hockey East's highest-scoring player of all-time -- a mark that still stands to this day -- with 301 points (103 goals, 198 assists). He is one of three Maine players to have their number retired by the program, joining Scott Pellerin (No. 8) and Hall of Famer Paul Kariya (No. 9) with his No. 19 in the rafters of the school's Alfond Sports Arena.
After Maine, Montgomery played several seasons professionally, beginning his NHL career in 1993-94 with St. Louis where he had a career-best 20 points in 67 games. He then went on to play for three more teams, ending his time in the league with the Dallas Stars in 2002.
Outside of the NHL, Montgomery registered 493 points (165 goals, 328 assists) and 538 penalty minutes in 451 career American Hockey League contests with Hershey, Philadelphia, Kentucky and Utah.
He also played in Russia and Germany.
NCAA National Championship titles -- one as a player with the University of Maine in 1993 and another as head coach of the University of Denver in 2017.
Montgomery is just the fourth college coach ever to make a direct leap to an NHL head-coaching position, joining Ned Harkness (Cornell to the Detroit Red Wings), Bob Johnson (Wisconsin to the Calgary Flames) and Dave Hakstol (North Dakota to the Philadelphia Flyers).
Montgomery becomes the 23rd head coach in franchise history and the eighth since the Stars relocated from Minnesota to Dallas in 1993.
Total wins amassed by Montgomery during his five-year tenure at the University of Denver, which included five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back trips to the Frozen Four in 2016 and 2017. He finished with a 125-57-26 record.
Photo credits: Getty Images, Carol MacKay/University of Denver