BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Boston Bruins named Jim Montgomery as their 29th head coach Friday.
"The Boston Bruins are pleased to introduce Jim Montgomery as the next head coach of the Boston Bruins and welcome Jim, his wife, Emily, and his children, JP, Colin, Ava and Olivia, to the city of Boston," said Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney in a statement. "Jim has a winning history, and throughout the interview process he conveyed his ability to connect with all types of players while also demanding that his teams play with structure. We are excited for Jim to begin to make his imprint on our team."
Montgomery, 53, served as an assistant coach for the St. Louis Blues from 2020-2022. Prior to that, he was head coach for the Dallas Stars from 2018 until 2019, when he was fired for what Stars GM Jim Nill called a "material act of unprofessionalism." Montgomery checked himself into a rehabilitation center for alcohol abuse three weeks later.
The Bruins will officially introduce Montgomery as head coach in a press conference at TD Garden during the week of July 11.
Montgomery's predecessor, Bruce Cassidy, was relieved of his duties as head coach on June 6 after the Bruins lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.