Arrows Montour Has Sights Set on NHL
Aug 20, 2014
For Six Nations Arrows forward Brandon Montour, winning the Minto Cup would be a great accomplishment, but the 20 year old from Oshweken, Ontario has his sights set on something bigger, making the NHL.
In this year’s NHL Entry Draft, Montour was selected in the second round, 55th overall by the Anaheim Ducks.
“It was pretty special,” said Montour. “I went to Philadelphia with my parents, it’s hard to describe. I knew a few of the scouts for Anaheim and I knew they had two picks in second round. I was pretty close to their table and one of the scouts turned and gave me a nod and thumbs up, so I knew that was the pick,” said Montour. “When it came time and they called my name, it was a special moment.”
Last season, Montour was voted the United States Hockey League Defensemen of the Year. The 6 foot tall defenseman scored 14 goals and 48 assists in 60 regular season games with the Waterloo Black Hawks.
TSN hockey analyst, Craig Button called him a real dynamic defenseman. “You're talking about a guy who can run the power-play and put up points."
Montour will be attending the University of Massachusetts-Amherst this upcoming season.
“I’m excited to go to UMass,” said Montour. “It’ll be big for my development. It’s a shorter season, about 35 games. It’s important for me to get in the gym every day and work on my size and strength.”
The right-handed defenseman already got a taste of what life would be like in California. He was there in July taking part in a week long Anaheim Ducks development camp.
“The biggest thing the coaches said to me was to get bigger and stronger,” said Montour. “Other than that, they said they were impressed. I thought I had a pretty good camp. Besides hockey, we learned the ins and outs of being a professional and being an Anaheim Duck.”
Montour was ranked 92nd amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to this year’s draft. He figured he’d go somewhere in the second or third round.
“Honestly, I didn’t really care where I went,” said Montour. “To be drafted by any team is pretty special. Toronto would’ve been nice, being so close to home, but then again you can’t really beat California.”
Before Montour heads off to UMass, he’s still focused on the task at hand.
“We want to win the Minto Cup,” he said. “We all grew up together and have played together since we were kids. The guys came all this way and worked so hard, we don’t want to finish in second place.”
Watch Brandon Montour and the rest of the Six Nations Arrows battle the Coquitlam Adanacs in the 2014 Minto Cup at the Langley Events Centre.
Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.ca or at the LEC Box Office which opens at 5:00PM.
For details visit http://www.LangleyEventsCentre.com/2014MintoCup
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