Is Brandon Montour the New Face of UMass Hockey?

Brandon Montour

Montour hasn’t even laced up the skates for UMass and has already started breaking records.  Brandon Montour, who is an incoming freshman at the University of Massachusetts, was selected 55th overall in the NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Ducks.  The defenseman marks the highest selected player in UMass history, surpassing UMass great Jonathan Quick by 17 picks.  Montour spent last season with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL, and looking at the numbers he put up, it’s no surprise that he is a highly regarded NHL prospect.  In 60 games Montour put up a 14-48-62 line, which was good enough to top the league in points for a defenseman with the next closest being 44 pts.  He also boasted a +35, good for 6th of any player in the USHL.  Montour’s remarkable play earned him the award for USHL Player of the Year and also USHL Defenseman of the Year.  Although Montour doesn’t have the stereotypical build of a defenseman, coming in at 6′ 172 lbs., that clearly hasn’t stopped him from preforming at an elite level.  It is definitely too early to start saying that Brandon Montour will be the next NHL superstar to come out of UMass, but there is no doubt he will be an exciting player to watch during his tenure in Amherst.

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