For his efforts in leading the the University of Denver Pioneers to the NCHC regular season title and the #1 seed in this year's NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championships, Jim Montgomery has been chosen winner of the 2017 Spencer Penrose Award as Division I Men's Ice Hockey CCM/AHCA Coach of the Year. He will receive his award on Wednesday evening, April 26, launching the American Hockey Coaches Association's annual convention in Naples, FL.
Montgomery has enjoyed a banner year in 2016-17 as his Pioners have compiled a 31-7-4 record heading into this weekend's NCAA "Frozen Four" in Chicago. Top-seeded Denver will face-off against the University of Notre Dame in Thursday's second semifinal game (8:30 p.m. CT) in hopes of a eighth national title for the Pioneers. Montgomery has amassed a record of 100-47-18 in four years at Denver. The Montréal, Québec, native has led the Pioneers to the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons in the Mile High City, winning the inaugural NCHC Championship in 2014, making the 'Elite Eight' in 2015 and leading Denver to its first Frozen Four berth since 2005 in 2016. He was named a finalist for the 2016 Herb Brooks Award as NCHC Coach of the Year, won by North Dakota's Brad Berry, as well as the 2016 Spencer Penrose Award as the top bench boss in the nation, won by Quinnipiac's Rand Pecknold.
Prior to his arrival in Denver, Montgomery spent three seasons (2010-13) as Head Coach/General Manager of the United States Hockey League's Dubuque Fighting Saints, winning a pair of Clark Cup championships (2011 & 2013) as well as a regular season title (2013) and GM of the Year honors (2013). He was an assistant coach at RPI from 2006-10 and began his coaching career at Notre Dame in 2005-06, serving as a volunteer coach with the Fighting Irish. Hockey East's all-time leading scorer with 301 career points (103G-198A), Montgomery won a national title during his senior season at Maine in 1993 and went on to play professionally for 12 years in the NHL, AHL, IHL, UHL, DEL and RSL.
Montgomery and his wife Emily live in Highlands Ranch with their two sons and one daughter. Assisting Montgomery this season were David Carle, Tavis MacMillan and Joe Howe. All will be recognized in Naples.
The runner-up for this year's AHCA Men's Division I Coach of the Year award was Harvard University coach Ted Donato, whose Crimson will meet Minnesota Duluth in Thursday's first semifinal game.
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Winners of the Spencer Penrose Award
(Division I Coach of the Year)
|1951||Edward Jeremiah, Dartmouth||1985||Len Ceglarski, Boston College|
|1952||Cheddy Thompson, Colorado College||1986||Ralph Backstrom, Denver|
|1953||John Mariucci, Minnesota||1987||John "Gino" Gasparini, North Dakota|
|1954||Vic Heyliger, Michigan||1988||Frank Anzalone, Lake Superior|
|1955||Ralph "Cooney" Weiland, Harvard||1989||Joe Marsh, St. Lawrence|
|1956||William Harrison, Clarkson||1990||Terry Slater, Colgate|
|1957||Jack Riley, Army||1991||Rick Comley, Northern Michigan|
|1958||Harry Cleverly, Boston University||1992||Ron Mason, Michigan State|
|1959||John "Snooks" Kelley, Boston College||1993||George Gwozdecky, Miami|
|1960||Jack Riley, Army||1994||Don Lucia, Colorado College|
|1961||Murray Armstrong, Denver||1995||Shawn Walsh, Maine|
|1962||Jack Kelley, Colby||1996||Bruce Crowder, UMass Lowell|
|1963||Tony Frasca, Colorado College||1997||Dean Blais, North Dakota|
|1964||Tom Eccleston, Jr., Providence||1998||Tim Taylor, Yale|
|1965||Jim Fullerton, Brown||1999||Richard Umile, New Hampshire|
|1966||Amo Bessone, Michigan State
Len Ceglarski, Clarkson
|2000||Joe Marsh, St. Lawrence|
|1967||Edward Jeremiah, Dartmouth||2001||Dean Blais, North Dakota|
|1968||Ned Harkness, Cornell||2002||Tim Whitehead, Maine|
|1969||Charlie Holt, New Hampshire||2003||Bob Daniels, Ferris State|
|1970||John Maclnnes, Michigan Tech||2004||Scott Sandelin, Minnesota-Duluth|
|1971||Ralph "Cooney" Weiland, Harvard||2005||George Gwozdecky, Denver|
|1972||John "Snooks" Kelley, Boston College||2006||Enrico Blasi, Miami|
|1973||Len Ceglarski, Boston College||2007||Jeff Jackson, Notre Dame|
|1974||Charlie Holt, New Hampshire||2008||Red Berenson, Michigan|
|1975||Jack Parker, Boston University||2009||Jack Parker, Boston University|
|1976||John Maclnnes, Michigan Tech||2010||Wayne Wilson, RIT|
|1977||Jerry York, Clarkson||2011||Nate Leaman, Union|
|1978||Jack Parker, Boston University||2012||Bob Daniels, Ferris State|
|1979||Charlie Holt, New Hampshire||2013||Norm Bazin, UMass Lowell|
|1980||Rick Comley, Northern Michigan||2014||Rick Bennett, Union|
|1981||Bill O'Flaherty, Clarkson||2015||Mike Hastings, Minnesota State|
|1982||Ferny Flaman, Northeastern||2016||Rand Pecknold, Quinnipiac|
|1983||Bill Cleary, Harvard||2017||Jim Montgomery, Denver|
|1984||Mike Sertich, Minnesota-Duluth|