Sunday, June 24, 2007

MacMillian’s New Gig.

“We have an opportunity that our family is very excited about, but I am not at liberty to discuss yet,” noted former Nanook head coach Tavis MacMillian during his departing press conference.

Now, I doubt this was the “opportunity” that MacMillan was referring to, however, it looks as though MacMillan (pictured to the left with the Alaska Governors cup) will not be leaving hockey coaching entirely.

WCH reports (courtesy of Elliot Olshansky of CSTV) that MacMillan will be the new head coach at Minnetonka High School, a high school located in Minnetonka, Minnesota (a southwestern suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota). According to their official website, The Minnetonka Skippers finished 16-6-4 last season and lost their first round state playoff game.

Allegedly, one of the reasons for MacMillan’s leaving of Alaska centered around his wife finding better employment within Minnesota, however no reports have been issued clarifying what exactly that new job was.

Chris at WCH reveals MacMillan would not be alone in regard to high profile hockey people taking jobs at Minnesota high schools, as former Wisconsin assistant coach Troy Ward and former 20-plus year NHL veteran Phil Housley currently coach high school teams in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

MacMillan left Alaska-Fairbanks on April 5th and was replaced by former UNO assistant Doc DelCastillo.

(Photo courtesy of: The UAF Sun Star)

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