Former Stars head coach Jim Montgomery was one of the three Boston Bruins award winners joining captain Patrice Bergeron and goaltender Linus Ullmark.
The Vezina Trophy as top goalie and Jack Adams Award as coach of the year were each a first for Ullmark and Montgomery. Ullmark led the league with a 1.89 goals-against average and .938 save percentage and was tied for the most wins with 40 — getting them in just 48 starts.
“You want to be the best at your position or even the best player, which is very tough when you have guys like Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby playing against you, that’s a tough one,” Ullmark said. “Still, you have that goal.”
Montgomery coached Boston to 65 wins in his first season with the team, and he thanked those who supported him through a low point in his career.
“Three and a half years ago, the Dallas Stars terminated my contract because of my struggles with alcohol, and I had to change my actions and behaviors,” Montgomery said. “For those who struggle out there, you can change, you can affect change within yourself, and it doesn’t happen alone. You need a team.”
Dallas’ new head coach Pete DeBoer finished eighth in Jack Adams voting after leading the Stars to the Western Conference Finals.