Al Montoya

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Al Montoya
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Born (1986-08-31) August 31, 1986 (age 33)
Plymouth, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Florida Panthers
Phoenix Coyotes
New York Islanders
Winnipeg Jets
National team  United States
NHL Draft 6th overall, 2004
New York Rangers
Playing career 2005–present

Álvaro "Al" Montoya (born February 13, 1985) is a American ice hockey goaltender. He currently plays for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the Phoenix Coyotes, New York Islanders, and Winnipeg Jets. He is the first Cuban American NHL player.[1]

Career[change | change source]

Before playing in the NHL, Montoya played 15 games with the Texas Tornado and 24 games with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), 3 years of college ice hockey at the University of Michigan and 2 games with the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL.

Montoya was drafted with the 6th overall pick by the New York Rangers in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. On February 26, 2008, the Rangers sent Montoya along with Marcel Hossa to the Phoenix Coyotes for Fredrik Sjöström, David LeNeveu, and Josh Gratton.[2] His first game in the NHL was with the Coyotes on April 1, 2009 and he was able to record a 3-0 shutout victory over the Colorado Avalanche.[3] The Coyotes traded him to the New York Islanders for a sixth round draft pick on February 9, 2011.[4]

Montoya signed a one-year contract extension with the Islanders on March 29.[5] On July 4, 2012, he was signed to a one-year, $601,000 deal by the Winnipeg Jets after he was released from the Islanders.[6]

On June 28, 2014, Montoya was signed as a free agent by the Florida Panthers to a two-year, $1,050,000 contract.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Coyotes' Montoya gets historic 1st start". AZCentral.com. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  2. "Hossa joins his brother on the move". NHL. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  3. "Coyotes' Montoya blanks Avs for first NHL shutout". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  4. "Coyotes Acquire a Sixth-Round Pick in 2011 NHL Draft from Islanders for Montoya". Phoenix Coyotes. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  5. "Islanders Ink Montoya to One-Year Contract Extension". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  6. "Jets agree to terms with Al Montoya". Winnipeg Jets. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  7. "Panthers GM Tallon enjoys huge day with six signings". NHL. Retrieved 2014-07-03.

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