Denver coach Jim Montgomery will miss both games of a weekend series at North Dakota after the death of his father.
James Montgomery Sr., 80, passed away Friday morning in Montreal, according to the Denver athletic department.
The man who impacted my life the most has passed away. I will miss our daily phone calls and the wisdom and love you gave me. Love you Dad
— Jim Montgomery (@DUCoachMonty) February 13, 2015
Pioneers second-year assistant coach David Carle will fill in as head coach for the NCHC series between No. 9 Denver and No. 2 North Dakota.
Carle talked about the situation in a video posted by Denver:
“On behalf of the University of Denver Athletics Department, our deepest condolences go out to Jim and the Montgomery family,” associate vice chancellor Ryan Peck said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with our head coach during this difficult time and we have the utmost confidence in David Carle’s ability to lead our student-athletes during Jim’s absence.”