Al Montoya

Montreal Canadiens

Position: Goaltender

Full Name: Alvaro “Al” Montoya (“the Big Cubano”)
Birthdate: February 13, 1985
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Alvaro “Al” Montoya was born on February 13, 1985 in Chicago, Illinois and currently plays goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. Nicknamed “The Big Cubano,” Al was originally drafted in the first round, 6th overall, by the New York Rangers in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, becoming the first Cuban-American to play in the NHL. Al made his NHL debut in the 2008-09 Season as a member of the Phoenix Coyotes, recording a shutout against the Colorado Avalanche. While currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens, Al has also spent time as a member of the New York Islanders, Winnipeg Jets, and Florida Panthers over the course of his National Hockey League career. Internationally, Al represented the United States at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, leading them to their first Gold Medal performance at the 2004 tournament in Finland.

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My family and I have worked with Kevin Magnuson and KO sports since 2006 after Kevin saw me play in the USHL Fall Classic for Waterloo. Kevin has helped guide me through the USHL, NCAA and NHL and all the good and bad that comes with each League. His experience as a former practicing attorney was really helpful in negotiating all three of my NHL contracts. Kevin and KO Sports were especially prepared for the salary arbitration hearing we had in 2015 with Nashville that ended with me eventually earning an awesome, life changing 5-year deal. 

— Craig Smith

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