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Des Moines Buccaneers Name Corey Millen Assistant Coach

10/19/2018, 3:00pm CDT
By Ben Gislason, Des Moines Buccaneers

Eight-year NHL veteran and U.S. Olympian brings valuable experience to Des Moines.

Corey Millen (courtesy Des Moines Buccaneers)

The Des Moines Buccaneers announced the hiring of eight-year NHL veteran and U.S Olympian Corey Millen today as an Assistant Coach.


“I am very excited to join this great organization,” Millen said. “I love coaching junior hockey. These players are hungry, they want to get better and are really fun to coach.”


Millen’s coaching background includes four seasons with 34 or more regular season wins as a Head Coach in the NAHL. This includes a Robertson Cup Championship in 2015 with the Minnesota Wilderness. From there Corey returned to his Alma Mater, the University of Minnesota, as an Assistant Coach before becoming the Director of Hockey Operations at Air Force Academy for the 2017-18 season.


As a player, the Cloquet, MN native was member of two U.S Olympic teams and played eight seasons in the NHL.


Millen skated for the United States in both the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. In Calgary, Millen led the Americans in scoring with six goals and five assists in six games played.


He was drafted in the 3rd Round of the 1982 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers, playing there as well as with the Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames.


Before turning pro, Corey netted 241 points (119 goals 122 assists) in four seasons with the University of Minnesota; he was a Second-Team All-American in 1986 and a three-time all-conference selection. Millen’s points and goal totals rank third in program history at the University of Minnesota, while his assist totals rank seventh all time. He was also chosen as the John Mariucci Most Valuable Player for Minnesota in the 1985-86 season. In 1983 he helped the Gophers win the WCHA regular season title and reached the NCAA Frozen Four three times in his college career. His junior and senior seasons, Millen led Minnesota in scoring and served as team captain in the 1986-87 season, also adding an NCAA All-Tournament Team selection to his mantle in 1987.


“We are elated to add Corey to our coaching staff. His success as a player and coach speak for itself,” Des Moines general manager Tom Mannino said. “His knowledge and experience of the game is at the highest level, but it is his passion for teaching and developing hockey players that we are really excited about.”

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. The USHL had a record 45 players selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, more than any junior league in the world, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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