Former OKC Barons defenseman Kevin Montgomery has signed with Denmark’s Rødovre Mighty Bulls for the 2016-17 season. Montgomery was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in 2006, Round 4, 110th overall, and signed to an Entry Level Contract in 2008. The Avalanche traded him to the Edmonton Oilers in February 2011 when he joined the Oklahoma City Barons. Following the 2011-12 season in Oklahoma City Montgomery signed in Norway with Lillehammer for the 2012-13 season. Since then Montgomery has played with Dornbirner in the EBEL, and later Slovakia and Italy, before signing in the ECHL last season with the Florida Everblades.
Rødovre’s coach Jesper Duus characterizes Montgomery as a skillful offensive defenseman. “I expect he can play smart defensively,” Duus said, “… and control the powerplay and make his teammates better. He’s been in Europe before and everything I’ve heard about him, both on and off the ice, is positive, and for sure he’ll be a win for the team.”
Montgomery describes himself as “an offensive defenseman, however for two years I’ve also played as a very defensive defenseman. I love to shoot from the outside, but will not shoot to just shoot. I would also just be as happy to give my teammates a chance if it is better than mine.”
When asked about why he signed in Denmark, Montgomery told Hockey Magasinet, “I know a bit about Danish hockey from my time in Norway, and since I know several players who are playing, or have played in Denmark, I asked them for advice. Usually when you ask 10 people for advice if something is good, 8 of them may respond positively, but here all 10 had only good things to say, so the choice was not difficult.”
Montgomery also explained his choice has personal reasons as well. “I asked my agent to seek opportunities in Denmark, and any in Copenhagen. My girlfriend still lives in Norway, and I would like to be closer to her, so this was an obvious choice.”
Montgomery joined his new team last Friday after a visit in Norway. “I’ve been to visit my fiance who lives and works as a chiropractor in Norway,” he told the team.
After watching practice on his first day Montgomery is positive about his new team. “After what I’ve seen,” he said, “I think that it’s going to be really good.”
“The league and the club seem very good and well-organized,” he told Hockey Magasinet. “I’m looking forward to getting on the ice with my teammates, and playing some games.”
Montgomery will join another former Oklahoma City Barons player in the Danish league this season. Ryan Martindale earlier signed with Esbjerg Energy.
The Danish league begins their season on September 23rd.
Rødovre announces Montgomery’s signing (August 5, 2016).
Hockey Magasinet’s article on Montgomery’s signing (August 8, 2016)