Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Al Montoya Signs with Rangers

Al Montoya, the University of Michigan starting goaltender, has decided to skip his senior year and signed with the New York Rangers, who drafted him sixth overall in the 2004 NHL Draft. Michigan fans, including myself, are left stunned and wondering what will transpire without our best player. Senior Noah Ruden will likely be the new starting goaltender. Rangers GM Glen Sather:
"Al is one of the top goaltending prospects in hockey and we are extremely pleased to have signed him. We feel this will be a big step for Al in advancing his development. He has been working extremely hard this summer and we are looking forward to seeing him on the ice at training camp in September."
Michigan coach Red Berenson:
"It's disappointing to lose a player who is going into his senior year. 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."
I'm not going to even start listing off Montoya's accomplishments. You can read them here. Montoya in his new sweater (draft day picture): And while I'm already talking about the University of Michigan, on a much happier note, I'd like to congratulate the UM Solar Car Team, which took first place in the North American Solar Challenge this afternoon. The team made the 2,500 mile trip (Houston to Calgary) in a vehicle solely run by solar power. Being a team member, I spent a few late nights in the workspace building that car. Next stop Australia, for the World Solar Challenge in September.


At 7/27/2005 10:22:00 PM, Blogger Christy Hammond said...

Man, I was so looking forward to watching him play this year at Michigan! I understand why he did it, but I was really hoping he'd stay for one more season with the Wolverines...

At 7/27/2005 10:37:00 PM, Blogger Brian List said...

Yeah it really stinks Montoya left...but I think Noah Ruden will be a steady starter. He'll have the benefit of a good defense - though that's what lulled Montoya to sleep on many occasions and what hurt his numbers last season.

Speaking of defense, Michigan will have incoming freshman defenseman Jack Johnson, expected to be the #2 or #3 draft pick this year. Bob McKenzie had him at #2 in his draft analysis:

At 7/28/2005 08:54:00 AM, Blogger Christy Hammond said...

Yeah, Jack Johnson was in my orientation group. Since I'm in Kinesiology, one third of them are varsity athletes. My group consisted of track, football, hockey, baseball, and soccer athletes. I didn't realize how good he was until last night when I went on the MGoBlue website...

At 7/29/2005 12:18:00 AM, Anonymous SB said...

Good. Anytime a Michigan team gets weakened, that's great news.


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