Cloquet, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota Wilderness has hired Cloquet, Minn. native Corey Millen as the team's head coach starting in the 2013-14 season, it was announced on Thursday.
“It is a great opportunity because of the people I know and the knowledge I have of the area," Millen said. "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.”
Millen will take control of the team for its first season as a member of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), with Minnesota's membership request being granted on May 10.
The Cloquet, Minn.-based team had spent the past three seasons as a member of the Superior International Junior Ice Hockey League (SIJHL), winning the regular season championship each of those three years.
Millen will take over for Rod Aldoff, a former University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) standout who had coached the Wilderness since 2010.
After playing four years at the University of Minnesota, Millen spent 14 seasons playing professional hockey in both North America and Europe. A third-round selection in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, Millen played five seasons in the NHL and totaled 90 goals and 119 assists in 331 career games.