Shaun Miller excited to don Armada jersey


(This story is written by Pat Healey for The Weekly Press, June 17 issue, and The Q News)

ENFIELD, N.S. – Shaun Miller is relieved to have the 2015 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Draft behind him. And he’s likely not the only one.

The Enfield product was selected in the fourth round, 65th overall, by the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. It was a pick the Armada had obtained from the Charlottetown Islanders in a previous trade.

“I heard a lot of good things about the team when I was up there for the Excellence Cup, and it was a really good place,” said Miller in a phone interview from Sherbrooke, Que., shortly after being drafted on June 6. “It seemed like a good place to go.”

He said he was excited when he heard his name called.

“It’s good to get it out of the way,” he said.

Miller donned the Cole Harbour Wolfpack jersey in the Nova Scotia Eastlink Major Midget Hockey League this past season, He played in 22 regular season games, getting a late start due to an injury, recording four goals and 12 assists, but continued to get better as the season progressed.

He played with Team Nova Scotia at the Canada Games, scoring five goals in the final six periods that the team played, helping them to the province’s best-ever finish of fifth place.

At the recently-held Gatorade Excellence Challenge, Miller’s ability shone brightly as he was tied for second in points at 11 in five games with N.S. teammate Shane Bowers, who has highly-touted going into the draft. Jeremy McKenna of P.E.I was the top points getter with 15 points. The Challenge was held in Boisbriand, Que.

Miller, a speedy forward with great hockey sense and hands, has a goal to be on the Armada’s roster out of training camp in September.

“I have to get stronger,” he said. “I have to have a really good summer in the gym, get bigger and stronger and go into camp a lot better.”

He had yet to hear what the coaching staff of the Armada expects of him, but said he expected that would come in the days ahead.

“We haven’t talked about that stuff yet, but I’m sure the conversations will come,” he said.

Miller thanked everyone from his parents, friends, grandparents, who supported him in achieving this goal.

He said having the draft over with is like lifting weights off his shoulders.

“It’s been really stressful, but it’s good to get out of the way and know what I have to work on to make the Armada,” he said. “My goal is to make the team and play with them.”

He has no concerns about moving away if he makes them team. Oh, except for speaking French.

“I’m not a French speaker, but I guess it’s something I’ll have to learn,” he said.