Montgomery, Motzko Reprimanded By NCHC
CHN Staff Report
The NCHC has issued a letter of reprimand to Denver coach Jim Montgomery and St. Cloud State coach Bob Motzko for their actions during and after the team's games last Friday and Saturday. According to the league, it was "for a violation of the conference’s Sportsmanship and Conduct Policy," thought the league stopped short of handing out suspensions.
Motzko’s violations included inappropriate comments provided to the media following Friday’s game that were directed toward NCHC on-ice officials and staff, as well as displaying a lack of conduct and sportsmanship on the ice at the conclusion of Saturday’s contest.
Montgomery’s violations included using inappropriate language toward an opposing team’s player during Saturday’s game, as well as displaying a lack of conduct and sportsmanship on the ice at the conclusion of Saturday’s contest, the league said.
The two coaches had heated words following Saturday's game, and had to be separated by officials.
"He's a great coach," Montgomery said after the game. "We both probably said some things we regret. It's just the emotion of the game. It's over and done with for me."
Denver, the reigning national champions, won both games against the Huskies, who came into town having not lost a game.
The teams came into the weekend with some tension already in the air. Cole Guttman, a top recruit from Los Angeles and a sixth-round draft pick of Tampa Bay, had been committed to St. Cloud State for over a year, but switched to Denver over the weekend and signed a National Letter of Intent. That news came out publicly after the weekend, but was certainly known to the two coaches before hand.
The NCHC said it considers the matter closed and will not have further comment.