Watch: NAHL Now sits down with Corey Millen of Minnesota
December 9, 2016
In a new video series for the 2016-17 season, the North American Hockey League (NAHL) is please to feature their extensive list of alumni in the NHL, NCAA and beyond in a new series entitled the NAHL Now: Alumni Series.
The NAHL Now: Alumni Series will be a regular video segment that highlights an alumni of the NAHL, who are currently playing in the NHL, NCAA or elsewhere as we try and catch up with their current situation, as well as, take a look back during their time playing in the NAHL.
We also try and get some feedback from coaches who constantly scout the league looking for players and who have made a lasting impact on the league
During a recent trip to Minnesota for another great NAPHL and NAHL Future Prospects event, the NAHL traveled to Mariucci Arena to catch up with some alumni at the University of Minnesota, which included assistant and former NAHL head coach Corey Millen.
This weeks question: What sets NAHL alumni apart from other players?
Former Gopher Corey Millen is in his first season as an undergraduate assistant with the men's hockey program in 2016-17.
A native of Cloquet, Minn., Millen will work with the Gophers staff while completing his undergraduate degree in recreation, park and leisure studies. He returns to the Gophers after spending the last four seasons as a head coach in the North American Hockey League. Most recently, he led the Minnesota Wilderness to three NAHL playoff appearances in the club’s first three years of league play including the 2015 Robertson Cup as NAHL champions. Millen also served as head coach of the Alaska Avalanche during the 2011-12 season.
A four-year letter winner with the Gophers, Millen’s production as a college player stands out among the best ever at Minnesota. The forward recorded 241 points (119 goals, 122 assists) in 149 career games – his point total and goal total both rank third in program history behind John Mayasich and Pat Micheletti while his assist total ranks seventh at Minnesota. Millen, who led the Gophers in scoring in 1985-86 and 1986-87, was a Second Team All-American in 1986 and was a three-time all-conference selection. He helped the Maroon & Gold to the 1983 WCHA regular-season crown as well as three berths in the Frozen Four. Millen was named the John Mariucci Most Valuable Player for the Gophers in 1985-86 and served as a team captain in 1986-87. He went on to play professionally for 14 years including NHL stints with the New York Rangers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames – totaling 331 career games with 209 points (90 goals 119 assists). Millen also has a substantial history of international play with USA Hockey including two Olympic appearances during the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo and the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary.
Millen has three children -- daughters, MacKenzie and Jessica, and son, Luke.