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Alum Montoya makes NHL debut

April 2, 2009

A first-round NHL draft pick, Al Montoya played in the NAHL during the 2000-01 season. PHOTO/NORM HALL/PHOENIX COYOTES

Former Texas Tornado goaltender Al Montoya picked up a shutout in his first NHL appearance on Wednesday, making 23 saves for the Phoenix Coyotes in their 3-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

A first-round draft pick of the New York Rangers in 2004, Montoya, who played for the Tornado in 2000-01, went on to compete for the U.S. Under-18 Team before playing three years at the University of Michigan.

The 24-year-old from Glenview, Ill., began his professional career with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack in 2005-06.

Read more on Montoya here.

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