As I believe @ChrisDilks was first to suggest a day or so ago, Jim Montgomery is going to be the next head coach of DAL. Announcement expected this week.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 2, 2018
Montgomery, who turns 49 at the end of June, has been at the University of Denver for the past five seasons. He led the Pioneers to the 2017 NCAA championship with Blackhawks prospect Blake Hillman on his blue line.
Hillman signed with the Hawks earlier this spring. But the kid who was his partner for a good part of last season now becomes intriguing.
Ian Mitchell was arguably the best freshman in the NCHC last year, leading Montgomery’s defensive group with 30 points as a teenager. Chicago’s second round pick last summer (#57 overall), Mitchell intended to go back to DU for his sophomore season.
If his head coach leaves, will Mitchell take the Blackhawks up on their offer to turn pro?