The Minnesota Wilderness, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), have announced that Corey Millen has been named the team’s new head coach. Millen is a Cloquet, Minnesota native and has had previous head coaching experience in the North American Hockey League with the Wasilla Spirit and Alaska Avalanche organization, mostly recently during the 2011-12 season.
“We are excited to welcome Corey Millen to the Wilderness organization,” said Wilderness Owner and Governor Scott Thielen. “With his vast hockey knowledge and coaching experience, particularly at this level, we are confident he will lead our organization to become one of the best in the league.”
A standout college player at the University of Minnesota from 1983-87, Millen went on to play 14 years of professional hockey in North America and Europe. Millen, a third-round selection of the New York Rangers in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, played for five NHL teams - the Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames - scoring 209 points on 90 goals in 331 career games.
“I am very excited to be back coaching in the NAHL,” said Millen. “My experiences in the league have been a lot of fun and ones that are memorable.” As for going back to his home state of Minnesota and hometown of Cloquet, Millen said that he is looking forward to the familiarity and opportunity. “It is a great opportunity because of the people I know and the knowledge I have of the area. The location of the Wilderness is very exciting because the league continues to grow the footprint into areas that are passionate about hockey and located close to so many NCAA schools. I think it will give us a great chance to be successful on the ice and also moving players onto the next level.”
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)