Former star returning to Sudbury with 67’s
Norm Milley now an assistant coach
Norm Milley still had the fire in his belly to be a hockey player. Other parts weren’t so eager.
“I wasn’t planning on retiring this year,” Milley said. “But my body had enough.”
So Milley, who brought Sudbury Wolves fans out of their seats 52 times in back-to-back OHL seasons before a launching a 17-yearprofessional career, hung up his skates this past spring and began looking for other ways to stay involved in the game.
“I was thinking about scouting, but I wanted to make more of an impact on kids, so I got into coaching,” said Milley, now 37. “I definitely wanted to stay in hockey. I love it, it’s my passion and wanted to have the opportunity to work with the players. With scouting, you don’t have much of an impact with players and you don’t build relationships with players as much. I wanted to stay in the game that way and help the kids as much as I can.”
The Toronto native returned to the OHL in late August, when the Ottawa 67’s hired him as an assistant coach, to work alongside bench boss Andre Tourigny and assistant Mario Duhamel.
They make their first visit to Sudbury Community Arena this Friday, in a 7 p.m. start.
“I’m really lucky to be working under two great coaches,” Milley said. “Our coaching staff here has been great. Just coming out of playing and stepping into coaching, there has been a lot to learn, when it comes to teaching kids. A player who plays the game this long, they know the game, but it’s different, trying to relay your message to the players and get them to do what you want them to do.
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Defenceman Cole Candella of the Sudbury Wolves runs through a drill during team practice in Sudbury on Thursday. The Wolves host the Ottawa 67’s on Friday night.