Stallions bring back United Kingdom forward Montford for increased role in '18-19

by Matt Mackinder

The Essa Stallions have continued their very busy offseason by resigning forward Nathaniel Montford. 

Montford, a native of the Milton Keys area in the United Kingdom, will be returning for his second tour of duty with the club. 

"It’s an honor to be asked to return for my second year with the team," said Montford. "When (Essa coach and director of hockey operations) Sylvain (Cloutier) and (assistant coach and GM) David (Lang) spoke to me about coming back, it was a no-brainer for me to make the decision to return, especially how welcome the team and all the coaching staff were to me throughout the season. I can’t wait to be back on the ice , get back to work and push for yet another championship."

Montford was traded alongside forward Morgan Webber and defenseman Jeremy Fortin to Grey Highlands last year for forward Daniel Bureau. 

"We had a really deep team last year," said Cloutier. "These were some of our younger guys that we felt needed to be playing every night. Not spottingly with our club. Nate earned a lot of ice time in Grey Highlands, and it has showed. He has improved immensely on the ice, and we expect him to continue to do so."

"After the playoff run, we were able to get the rights back to Nate, and are looking forward to seeing him back in Black and Grey," added Lang. "We're hoping he comes to camp ready to work, put in the time, and use him in a prominent checking role. We need him to be a little more responsible in his own end, but that will come with work."

In 38 games last season, Montford tallied eight goals and 14 assists for 22 points.