Saturday, August 7, 2010

Moose Jaw Warriors hire a new Director of Hockey Operations

Press Release

Moose Jaw, SK.--- The Moose Jaw Warriors are pleased to announce the hiring of the Warriors new Director of Hockey Operations, Alan Millar. The Warriors introduced Alan at a press conference Friday in the Warriors dressing room. Alan is ready to get started building the future of Warriors hockey in that very building yet looking ahead to the multiplex. “I would like to thank the Warriors Board of Directors for this great opportunity,” said Warriors Director of Hockey Operations Alan Millar. “I am very happy to be part of the Warriors tradition and part of the Western Hockey League,” added Millar. “I look forward to working with both the hockey and business staff to continue building the franchise on the ice as well as in the community,” he said.

The Warriors Boards of Directors feel Alan is the right individual to take the Warriors to the next level this season and in the years to come. “Alan brings a wide range of experience and is well respect by many of the WHL owners and General Managers within our league,” commented Warriors President Chad Taylor. “He is someone that we feel very confident in being the face of the organization and an individual who will complement our current Hockey Operation staff,” added Taylor.

Alan brings a wealth of CHL knowledge to the tribe. Alan Millar served as the General Manager/Alternate Governor of the Sarnia Sting (OHL) from 2004-2009. Nine players from the 2007-08 team signed pro-contacts during his time in Sarnia.

Alan spent a year with the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors in 2003 as the Director of Player Personnel. Prior to his time in Toronto, Alan was the General Manager/Alternate Governor of the Guelph Storm of the OHL from 1997-2003. During his time in Guelph, Alan led the team to 6 consecutive playoff appearances. In 1998, the Storm were named the OHL Champions and narrowly lost in the Memorial Cup final in overtime.

Alan also had a stint in the American Hockey League from 1993-1997 with the Saint John Flames as the Director of Operations/Alternate Governor. Among his many accomplishments, Alan’s Guelph Storm team played host to the 2002 Memorial Cup. He served as Director of Hockey Operations with Team Ontario from 2002-2004. Alan was part Hockey Canada’s CHL General Manager’s committee from 2005-2009, helping to evaluate players for Canada’s U-18 teams, World Junior teams and the CHL Canada/Russia series.

Alan comes to the Warriors from Milton, Ontario with Newport Sports Management, where he managed NHL players and alumni marketing opportunities. The Warriors are thrilled to welcome Alan and his wife Kelly to the friendly city. Alan will begin his duties with the club starting immediately.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

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