Florida Panthers
Florida Panthers
Al Montoya
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AlMontoya
POSITION: Goaltender
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
CATCHES: Left
WEIGHT: 203
BIRTHDATE: 02/13/1985
AGE: 31
BIRTHPLACE: Chicago, IL, USA
DRAFTED: NYR: 2004-6 overall
CCHA All-Rookie Team (2003) NCAA West Second All-American Team (2004) Traded to Phoenix by NY Rangers with Marcel Hossa for Josh Gratton, David LeNeveu, Fredrik Sjostrom and Phoenix's 5th round choice (Roman Horak) in 2009 Entry Draft, February 26, 2008. Traded to NY Islanders by Phoenix for NY Islanders' 6th round choice (Andrew Fritsch) in 2011 Entry Draft, February 9, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, July 4, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 1, 2014.
2014-15: 
Completed his sixth NHL season, first with Florida...Made 31 saves on 33 shots to earn his sixth win of the season April 11 vs. NJD...Made 20 saves on 23 shots to earn his fifth win of the season March 1 vs. TBL...Started on his 30th birthday, making 26 of 28 saves at DAL...Made 32 saves on 34 shots to earn the win Feb. 3 at NYI...Stopped 25 of 30 shots to earn a win Jan. 9 at CGY...Turned aside 22 of 24 shots to earn his second win of the season Nov. 28 vs. OTT...Stopped 22 of 22 shots in relief of Roberto Luongo Nov. 26 vs. CAR...Registered first win as a Panther stopping 33 of 35 shots Nov. 16 vs. ANA...Turned aside 19 of 24 shots Nov. 10 vs. CGY...Made first start of the season making stopping 27 of 28 shots Oct. 18 at WSH...Made Panthers debut stopping ten of ten shots in relief of Roberto Luongo Oct. 11 vs. NJD.

2013-14: 
Completed his fifth NHL season, second with Winnipeg...Earned a shutout in his first game of the season making 24 saves on Oct. 13/13 vs. NJ (3-0 W)...Strung together a six-game winning streak from Nov. 27/13-Dec. 31/13... Recorded his second shutout of the season with 27 saves on Dec. 31 vs. BUF (3-0 W)... Recorded a career-high 13 wins and two shutouts in 2013-14... Led Jets goalies (with 20+ games) in goals against average (2.30) and save percentage (.920).

2012-13:
 Completed his fourth NHL season, first with Winnipeg...Made 21 saves for his first win as a Jet on Jan. 27 vs. NYI... Made 33 
saves to record the only shutout for the Jets in 2012-13 on Feb. 9 at OTT... Made 28 saves for his third straight win on Mar. 7 at TB... 
Made the most saves in one game by a Jets goaltender in 2012-13 (39) on Mar. 28 at PIT. 

2011-12: 
Completed his third NHL season, second with NY Islanders...Was the Islanders opening-night starting goaltender on Oct. 8 vs. FLA... Earned his first win in his second-straight start on Oct. 10 vs. MIN... Made a career-high 47 saves on 51 shots on Nov. 10 at COL... Suffered a head injury at WPG on Dec. 20, returning on Jan. 17 at WSH after missing 12 games

 
2010-11:
Completed his second NHL season, first with NY Islanders...Led Islanders goalies in wins (9) and goals against average (2.39) in 20 appearances as a rookie after being acquired from PHX on Feb. 9... Began his sixth professional season with the San Antonio Rampage (AHL), where he posted an 11-8-0 record with a 3.19 GAA and .891 
save percentage... Assigned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) upon being acquired by NYI on Feb. 9... Recalled from BRI on Feb. 11...Made his NYI debut in relief on Feb. 13 at BUF, earning the win...Posted a 35-save shutout in his first start on Feb.19 vs. LA... Appeared in 20 of NYI final 27 games. 


2009-10:
Went 4-7-1 with a 3.19 GAA and a .904 SV% in 14 games for San Antonio (AHL)...Earned his first AHL victory of the season on Oct. 2 vs. Texas... Made his 4,000th AHL save on Nov. 24 vs. Milwaukee. 


2008-09:
Completed his first NHL season, first with Phoenix...Recorded a shutout in his NHL debut with PHX on Apr. 1, making 23 saves vs. COL in 3-0 win... Became the 
first goalie in PHX franchise history to record a shutout in his NHL debut... Went 3-1-0 with a 2.08 GAA and a .925 sv% in the final five games of the season with PHX... Posted a 7-17-2 record with San Antonio (AHL), showing a 3.23 GAA and a .890 sv%...Was recalled by PHX on Mar. 23... Made 40 saves for PHX in a 4-1 win at SJ on Apr. 9.
 
2007-08:
Split his third professional season between the Hartford Wolf Pack and San Antonio, posting a combined 24-14-3 record... Went 16-8-3 with a 2.54 GAA and a .908 sv% in 31 appearances with Hartford before being traded from the NYR to PHX on Feb. 26... Went on to play in 14 games with San Antonio, going 8-6-0 with a 2.59 GAA and a .912 sv%... Made 31 stops in his first shutout of season on Mar. 29 vs. PEO... Finished tied for third in AHL in shutouts with six (one off the league lead), fifth in GAA and tied for fifth in wins... Earned Rbk X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month honors for the month of February (5-2-0, 1.37 GAA, .946 sv%, 1 shutout).
 
2005-06:
Had an All-Star rookie AHL season with Hartford, posting a 23-9-1 record with a 2.61 GAA and a .907 SV%... Earned the win in his pro debut on Oct. 8 vs. Manchester (22 saves)... Won seven straight starts from Oct. 28-Dec. 23... Set a Hartford single-game record with 51 saves on Oct. 29 vs. Bridgeport (3-2 win)... Registered his first shutout on Jan. 13 vs. Hershey, making 31 saves and contributing two assists...Played for the Planet USA All-Stars in the 2006 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic in Winnipeg, MB on Feb. 1.

International: 
2011:
Represented Team USA at the 2011 World Championship finishing with a 2-1-0 record. 

2009:
Was a member of Team USA for the 2009 World Championship.
 
2005:
Played for Team USA at the 2005 World Junior Championship. 

2004:
Won Gold with Team USA at the 2004 World Junior Championship. 

ETC: 
First Cuban-American player to play in the NHL...Attended University of Michigan...speaks both English and Spanish fluently.