Thursday, June 09, 2005

IceDiggers hire assistant coach

The Alpena IceDiggers have hired Kelly Miller as a full-time assistant coach. The 26-year-old brings a wealth of junior and professional playing experience to the organization.

”Kelly has experienced first hand the knowledge, skill dedication and the hard work it takes to become a successful hockey player," new Alpena head coach-GM Ken Miller said. "He will be a great asset to the organization."

Miller, a NAHL alum, played for the Chicago Freeze and the Cleveland Barons where he recorded 44 goals and 29 assists in two seasons. He also played two seasons in the USHL for Des Moines and Waterloo. He recently retired from playing professional hockey having spent time in the ECHL, CHL and UHL. In five seasons, he recorded 52 goals and 69 assists.

”I’m very excited to begin my coaching career," Kelly Miller said. "It is going to be a great challenge, as a coaching staff we will set our standards very high when it comes to developing players for the next level.”

Miller will begin working in Alpena immediately, preparing for the upcoming season. Kelly and his family will call Alpena home.

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