MONTGOMERY PROMOTED TO TEAM CAPTAIN FOR 2010-11 SEASON
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Senior defenseman Mike Montgomery, who enjoyed his most productive collegiate season to date last winter, has been given a promotion of sorts as he will captain the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2010-11 after filling an assistant team captaincy role one year ago.
All-American Jack Connolly and fellow junior forward Mike Connolly will serve as the Bulldogs' two assistant team captains.
Montgomery, a native of Lino Lakes, Minn., racked up a career-high 17 points -- the second highest figure turned in by a Bulldog blueliner -- on two goals and 15 assists while skating in all 40 games last season. The recipient of the 2008-09 Mike Sertich Award as UMD's Most Improved Player, Montgomery was relocated from wing to defense prior to the start of his sophomore year and since that time as collected four goals and 24 assists in addition to going a plus-6.
Jack Connolly closed the books on a prosperous 2009-10 by being selected to the American Hockey Coaches Association/Reebok All-America West. The Duluth, Minn. product and Marshall School alumnus paced the Bulldogs in scoring (a personal-best 49 points), assists (31), total shots (137) and plus-minus rating (plus-8, which earned him the the club's Bob Junkert Award) en route to securing All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association first team recognition. He also sported the fifth best overall points per game average (1.23) of any WCHA combatant this past season and finished second in power play points (26) and fourth in assists.
Mike Connolly, a native of Calgary, Alberta, held down a share of the No. 3 spot on the 2009-10 UMD scoring charts with 40 points and ranked first among his teammates in shooting percentage (.184) and short handed goals (2). The 2008-09 WCHA All-Rookie Team honoree is the lone current Bulldog who is averaging a point or better per night for his career (82 points in 81 lifetime outings).
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