UMass' Montour Taken By Anaheim In Second Round Of NHL Draft
June 28, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Incoming UMass hockey freshman Brandon Montour was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday morning at the Wells Fargo Center. Montour, a 5-11, 172-pound defenseman, was drafted 55th overall, surpassing former Minuteman All-American Jonathan Quick (3rd round, 72nd overall in 2005) as the highest draft pick in program history.
Montour will come to UMass from the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League (USHL) where he was named both the USHL Defenseman of the Year and USHL Player of the Year in 2013-14 after appearing in all 60 regular season games and totaling 62 points on 14 goals and 48 assists.
He led all USHL defensemen in scoring this past season, was ninth overall in scoring in the league and second in assists overall. Montour's 62 points were the most by a defensemen in the USHL Tier 1 era (2002-present) and just five points shy of the USHL all-time record. The Ohsweken, Ontario, native's 48 assists were the most in the Tier 1 era for a defenseman, as well. In games where Montour scored a goal in 2013-14, the Black Hawks were 13-0-0 with three of his 14 tallies being game winners.
Montour ranked sixth in the USHL in plus/minus at +35 in 2013-14 and was even or better in 50 of 60 contests. His defensive efforts helped Waterloo allow the third-fewest goals in the USHL this season (153) and the second-fewest for a Black Hawks team in the history of the organization (151 goals in 2007-08).
On the power play, Montour logged 26 points (7g, 19a) good for third in the USHL to contribute to Waterloo's league-best 25.2% power play percentage.
He strung together an 18-game point scoring streak this past season to lead the Black Hawks to a record of 16-1-1 during that span with 27 points (4g, 23a). It marked the third-longest scoring streak in the Tier 1 era and longest by a defenseman.
Prior to joining Waterloo, Montour spent his three previous seasons playing in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) and amassed 117 points (33g, 84a) in 137 career games and had 36 points (10g, 26a) over 41 career postseason contests.
In 2012-13 as a member of the Caledonia Corvairs, Montour finished as the team's second leading scorer (67 points) and was top-25 in the GOJHL in scoring en route to First Team GOJHL Midwestern Conference recognition and the Cory Stoyko Memorial Trophy as best defenseman. Despite the Corvairs being eliminated in the semifinals, Montour led all defensemen in playoff scoring in 2013 with 15 points (4g, 11a) over 12 games.
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