For­mer star re­turn­ing to Sud­bury with 67’s

Norm Mil­ley now an as­sis­tant coach

The Sudbury Star - - SPORTS - BEN LEESON THE SUD­BURY STAR

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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GINO DONATO/SUD­BURY STAR/POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

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.

Norm Mil­ley

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