According to sources familiar with the situation, Montgomery’s after-hours behavior and relationship with alcohol had been a point of concern during his first and only season with the franchise. Montgomery’s admission was not a new development with the franchise.
Sources said Montgomery’s relationship with alcohol was an issue and a contributing factor in the decision to remove him as coach.
Sources said Stars general manager Jim Nill had previously implored his hand-picked coach to change the behavior, and to stop with the excessive public episodes of drinking. The club tried to work with Montgomery on this, and to give him time and space to alter the behavior.
During the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Montgomery was known to frequent the popular bar Moxies, which is owned by Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi. The bar is attached to the high-end hotel, The Crescent, which is close to the American Airlines Center.
The problem was more of visibility; the head coach of the Dallas Stars was out frequently, drinking a bit too much, often in the bar owned by the same man who signed his checks.
It was a bad enough look that the GM had to talk to his head coach about it, and essentially issue a warning. The club was aware that Montgomery had struggled with this before.
In 2008, he was arrested for DUI while in Florida, when he was an assistant coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
The Stars were aware of this arrest when they hired him in May of 2018 from the University of Denver.
Man. It was incredibly stupid of him to get wasted at Gaglardi's own bar.