The Denver hockey team’s top two points leaders will be back with the program in 2017-18.
Forwards Troy Terry and Henrik Borgstrom are returning to college to play the upcoming season with the defending national-champion Pioneers, head coach Jim Montgomery revealed on the Altitude radio show “Kreckman and Harris” on Monday.
“Troy Terry and Henrik Borgstrom are going to be back,” Montgomery told Altitude. “I have 100 percent confidence in that.”
Terry, a rising junior who the Anaheim Ducks chose in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Draft, recorded 22 goals and 23 assists last season. Borgstrom, a rising sophomore who the Florida Panthers picked 23rd overall in 2016, had 22 goals and 21 assists.
Montgomery also indicated that it’s possible Dylan Gambrell, who was third on the team in points with 42 points (13 goals, 29 assists), will leave for the NHL.
“Dylan Gambrell is a player that might be looking for a new challenge. We had a great conversation today. We spoke openly and honestly about his future. I would think he’s about 75 percent returning to Denver.”
The San Jose Sharks picked Gambrell 60th overall in the 2016 draft.
Last week, Montgomery told the Denver Post he planned to remain with Denver after withdrawing his name from the Florida Panthers head coaching search. Montgomery elaborated on the decision with Nate Kreckman and Ryan Harris.
“It’s very simple,” Montgomery said. “I love the people I work with and for. I love my staff and I love the student-athletes I get to work with Denver. We’re spoiled with the group that’s coming back to Denver next year.
“Then you go to quality of life in Denver. I’ve lived in a lot of places. I’ve lived in a lot of bad places, and I’ve lived in a lot of good places. Nothing compares to Denver. I don’t think people realize how spoiled we are with the quality of life we have living in this great state.
“And then when you look at the hockey aspect of it, I was only leaving if I could find a place that was a better opportunity or equal. And it’s just hard to find that. The Florida situation was going on too long, and that wasn’t fair to the program and for the people that have been so loyal to me and my family to let this go on any longer.
“I will move to another level if it’s with the right people and the right people really value me. So never say never. But it’s hard to leave Denver.”
Listen to the full interview here.
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