Michigan Goalie to Forgo Senior Season

Al Montoya, the No. 6 overall draft pick by the New York Rangers in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, has agreed to contract terms with the Rangers and will sign a contract terminating his final season of eligibility for the Wolverines. In his three years at Michigan, Montoya led Michigan to one frozen four appearance and two regional final games.

Four months after being eliminated from the NCAA tournament, University of Michigan goalie Al Montoya has made the decision to sign a professional contract with the New York Rangers.

Montoya was the No. 6 overall selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

"It's disappointing to lose a player who is going into his senior year," said head coach Red Berenson. "He had a lot of pressure from the New York Rangers organization to turn professional and he made the decision to do it. He had a good career at Michigan, but I wish he would have stayed and enjoyed his senior year."

In his three seasons as a Wolverine, Al Montoya made quite an impact for the Maize and Blue. As a 17-year-old freshman, Al became the youngest starting goalie in Wolverine history. He backstopped the Wolverines all the way to the Frozen Four in 2002-2003 and found himself on his NCAA All-Regional team.

As a sophomore, Montoya enjoyed the most successful year as a Wolverine. His six shutouts set a new single season Michigan record, and his 2.23 GAA helped find him a spot as a second team All-American. In 2003-2004 the Wolverines found themselves just short of making the Frozen Four losing in overtime of the NCAA Regional Finals.

In 2004-2005 Montoya's numbers took a turn for the worse, but the goalie still managed to record an impressive 30-7-3 record while leading the Wolverines to another NCAA Regional Final loss.

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