Reports: DU Pioneers lose head coach to the NHL

Credit: Carol McKay, University of Denver

The Denver Pioneers men’s hockey team will be in search of a new head coach. According to multiple reports around the country, Jim Montgomery will be leaving the Pios to be head coach of the Dallas Stars.

Hired by the University of Denver prior to the 2013-14 season, Montgomery had unprecedented  success as the leader of the program, winning 100 games faster than any other coach in school history and taking the Pioneers to the NCAA Tournament in all five of his seasons.

Montgomery will leave DU with a career record of 125-57-26 and an NCAA Championship in 2017. Last season, the Pioneers finished with a record of 33-7-4 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

After turning down an offer from the Florida Panthers organization last offseason, Montgomery signed a contract extension through the 2020-21 season. But the 48-year old coach will now be taking his aggressive coaching style to the NHL.

Prior to his coaching days, Montgomery played in the NHL for five different franchises between 1993-2003, including the Dallas Stars, where he was part of the organization from 2001-03.

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