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Al Montoya
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Born February 13, 1985 (1985-02-13) (age 32)
Chicago, IL, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Winnipeg Jets
Phoenix Coyotes
New York Islanders
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
NHL Draft 6th overall, 2004
New York Rangers
Playing career 2005–present

Al Montoya (born Álvaro Montoya on February 13, 1985) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Al was drafted by the New York Rangers in the first round (6th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft after a three-year career with the University of Michigan. He is the first Cuban American to play in the NHL.

Playing CareerEdit

Al played youth hockey for the Chicago Young Americans and Loyola Academy and amateur hockey for the Texas Tornado of the North American Hockey League. He spent the 2000-01 season with the U.S. National Team Development Program.

Al began attending the University of Michigan and playing for the Wolverines 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.

Al 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 Team USA as they failed to 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, Al 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, Al 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, Al became expendable to the Rangers. On February 26, 2008, he 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, Al started the 2008–09 season with the San Antonio Rampage, the Coyotes' AHL affiliate. Late that season, he made his NHL debut with the Coyotes, recording a shutout in a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on April 1, 2009.

AL went on to appear in 5 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, Al was traded to the New York Islanders for a sixth round draft pick in 2011. With Islanders' goaltenders Rick DiPietro and Kevin Poulin sidelined with injuries, he was provided with an opportunity to play regularly in the NHL for the first time. Al 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, 2011 the Islanders signed Al to a one-year contract extension. He recorded a 9-11-5 record during the 2011–12 NHL season.

Once again, Al represented the United States at the 2011 World Championship. He appeared in 4 games and posted a 2-1 record as the Americans finished a disappointing 8th overall.

On July 4, 2012, Al was signed by the Winnipeg Jets on a one-year deal for the 2012–13 season worth $601,000 after being released by the New York Islanders. He is the backup goaltender for Ondrej Pavelec.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular Season and PlayoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2000–01 Texas Tornado NAHL 15 10 3 0 780 38 0 2.92 1 1 0 60 2 0 2.00
2001–02 USNTDP 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 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 2 1 1 0 123 8 0 3.92 .875
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
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 5 3 1 0 259 9 1 2.08 .925
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
2012–13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 7 3 1 1 351 17 1 2.91 .899
NHL totals 63 24 18 11 3484 161 3 2.77 .906

International StatisticsEdit

Year Team Event   GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2004 United States WJC 6 6 0 0 360 8 2 1.33 .944
2005 United States WJC 6 3 3 0 393 22 0 3.36 .904
2009 United States WC 1 1 0 0 60 2 0 2.00 .875
2011 United States WC 4 2 1 0 208 9 0 2.60 .871


Awards & AchievementsEdit

Award Year
All-CCHA Rookie Team 2002-03
CCHA All-Tournament Team 2003
All-CCHA Second Team 2003-04
NCAA West Second All-American Team 2003-04
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for the Flag of the United States.svg United States
World Junior Championships
Gold 2004 Finland

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