Álvaro Montoya (born February 13, 1985) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for the Bakersfield Condors in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the New York Rangers in the first round, sixth overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft after a three-year career with the University of Michigan. Montoya is the first Cuban-American to play in the NHL. Montoya was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Glenview, Illinois.
Al Montoya in 2013 during his time with the Winnipeg Jets
February 13, 1985|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)|
New York Islanders
|National team||United States|
6th overall, 2004|
New York Rangers
As a youth, Montoya played in the 1999 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Chicago Young Americans minor ice hockey team. He later played for the Loyola Academy, and the Texas Tornado of the North American Hockey League (NAHL).
Montoya spent the 2000–01 season with the U.S. National Team Development Program. Montoya began attending the University of Michigan and playing for the Wolverines ice hockey team in 2002–03. He enjoyed success at Michigan, especially during his final season in 2004–05, where he posted a record of 30–7–3. Montoya twice represented the United States at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, backstopping the team to its first gold medal at the 2004 tournament in Finland; he was named to the tournament All-Star team. The 2005 tournament, hosted by the United States, was a disappointing one for Montoya and the U.S., as they failed to earn a medal, losing to the Czech Republic in the bronze medal game.
After being signed by the New York Rangers to a three-year entry-level contract in the summer of 2005, Montoya made his professional debut with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), the team with which he spent the majority of the next three seasons. Overall, he posted a 66–34–4 record with the Wolf Pack, along with a 5–5 playoff record.
With the emergence of Henrik Lundqvist as an All-Star caliber goaltender, Montoya became expendable to the Rangers. On February 26, 2008, Montoya was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes, along with Marcel Hossa, in exchange for Fredrik Sjöström, David LeNeveu and Josh Gratton.
After re-signing with the Coyotes on July 2, 2008, Montoya started the 2008–09 season with the San Antonio Rampage, the Coyotes' AHL affiliate. Later that season, on April 1, 2009, Montoya made his NHL debut with the Coyotes, recording a shutout in a 3–0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. He went on to appear in five games for the Coyotes in 2008–09, posting a 3–1 record. That spring, Montoya was named to the American roster for the 2009 IIHF World Championship in Switzerland. He started one game at the tournament, a 6–2 win over France.
On February 9, 2011, Montoya was traded to the New York Islanders in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick in 2011. With Islanders' goaltenders Rick DiPietro and Kevin Poulin sidelined with injuries, Montoya was provided with an opportunity to play regularly in the NHL for the first time. He went on to play 21 games for the Islanders, posting a 9–5–5 record with a .921 save percentage and one shutout. On March 29, the Islanders re-signed Montoya to a one-year contract extension. Montoya recorded a 9–11–5 record during the 2011–12 season.
Montoya again represented the United States at the 2011 World Championship. He appeared in four games and posted a 2–1 record as the Americans finished a disappointing eighth overall.
On July 4, 2012, Montoya was signed by the Winnipeg Jets to back-up starter Ondřej Pavelec on a one-year contract for the 2012–13 season, worth $601,000 after being released by the New York Islanders.
On July 1, 2016, Montoya was signed as a free agent by the Montreal Canadiens to a one-year contract with an annual salary of $950,000. He was the backup to starter Carey Price. On January 2, 2017, Montoya signed a new two-year contract to last until 2019.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2001–02||U.S. National Team Development Program||NAHL||24||6||11||4||1344||79||0||3.53||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||University of Michigan||CCHA||43||30||10||3||2547||99||4||2.33||.911||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||University of Michigan||CCHA||40||26||12||2||2340||87||6||2.23||.917||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||University of Michigan||CCHA||40||30||7||3||2359||99||3||2.52||.895||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||40||23||9||1||2094||91||2||2.61||.907||5||2||1||257||8||1||1.87||.932|
|2006–07||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||48||27||17||0||2556||98||6||2.30||.914||7||3||4||391||20||1||3.07||.873|
|2007–08||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||31||16||8||3||1704||72||0||2.54||.908||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||14||8||6||0||789||34||1||2.59||.912||1||0||1||59||4||0||4.04||.857|
|2008–09||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||29||7||17||2||1562||84||0||3.23||.885||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||14||4||7||1||771||34||0||2.65||.904||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||21||11||8||0||1130||60||0||3.19||.891||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||New York Islanders||NHL||20||9||5||5||1154||46||1||2.39||.921||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||New York Islanders||NHL||31||9||11||5||1720||89||0||3.10||.893||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Representing the United States|
|World Junior Championships|
Awards and honoursEdit
|All-CCHA Rookie Team||2002–03|
|CCHA All-Tournament Team||2003|||
|All-CCHA Second Team||2003–04|||
|AHCA West Second-Team All-American||2003–04|
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- "Hossa joins his brother on the move". NHL.com. 2008-02-26. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
- "Coyotes sign Montoya, Spina plus two AHL players". NHL.com. 2008-07-02. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
- "Coyotes' Montoya make 23 saves to earn shutout in first game". CBS Sports. 2009-04-01. Retrieved 2009-04-02.
- "Coyotes acquire a sixth-round pick in 2011 NHL Draft from Islanders for Montoya". Phoenix Coyotes. 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2011-02-09.
- "Islanders ink Montoya to one-year contract extension". TSN. 2011-03-29. Retrieved 2011-03-29.
- "Jets sign backup goalie Montoya". WinnipegSun.
- "Florida Panthers active on day one of free agency". Florida Panthers. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
- "Montreal Canadiens sign Montoya to 1 year deal". Montreal Canadiens. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2016-07-01.
- "Canadiens sign Al Montoya to a two-year extension". Montréal Canadiens. 2017-01-02. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
- "Montoya traded to Edmonton". NHL.com. January 4, 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
- "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
- "All-CCHA Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-07-27.