Posted by: emmaharger | December 19, 2011

Man of the Day 12/19: Steve Montador

Steve Montador

Born December 21, 1979 (age 31) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks

I have to admit I’ve been curious about Montador since he joined up with Chicago–hearing Krista speak of him, I naturally started to wonder. Time to investigate! Montador went undrafted and honed his skills playing with the OHL for the North Bay Centennials, Erie Otters and Krista’s favorite Peterborough Petes. Calgary signed him as a free agent and he spent time with their then-affiliate the Saint John Flames. He debuted in the big show in 2001-02, playing 11 games, 1 goal, 2 assists. He continued to come up from the little to the big Flames, even going along on their ride to the Stanley Cup finals in 2004 (they lost to Tampa Bay). Of course, what followed was an NHL year that wasn’t, so Montador went to Europe, playing in the French town of Mulhouse. That’s not to be confused with Milhouse from The Simpsons, of course.

Here he is wearing a hat and looking quite dapper.

Once things were back to normal, Montador was traded from Calgary to Florida, and it was with the Panthers that he had his career best season playing a gritty defensive style: 23 points in in 73 games for 2007-08. He joined Anaheim for a year in 2008 as a free agent. However, in March 2009 he was traded to Boston and helped the Bruins reach the conference semifinals. (Thanks!) Once again he made the jump, this time to Northeastern Division rivals Buffalo, where he signed a two-year deal as a free agent and stayed until Chicago came calling in June of this year. With Buffalo last season, he played 73 games, scored 5 goals, got 21 assists and had 83 penalty minutes in the regulars; 6 games, 1 assist and 8 penalty minutes in the Sabres’ playoffs run. It seems like he’s finding his place with his new team. I heard he scored in Chicago’s most recent game against…Calgary. Very nice, sir.

I know this photo is a bit old, but look at this! It looks like Shawn Thornton is giving him a noogie!

-Emma


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