Miller embraced opportunity with Armada
NOTE: This is a story that is done by Weekly Press reporter Pat Healey, who contributes to The Q News. It will appear in the Dec. 30 issue of The Weekly Press, the community newspaper covering Miller’s home community of Enfield/East Hants in Nova Scotia.
Cole Harbour Wolfpack forward scores first QMJHL goal in debut with Armada
BLAINVILLE-BOISBRIAND, QUE.: Shaun Miller got a taste of what playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) is like—and he wants more.
The Enfield native—who plays with the Cole Harbour Wolfpack in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League (NSMMHL)—was called up on the weekend of Dec. 12—13 for a pair of games with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. The Armada was suffering from injuries and players being away to World Junior selection camps.
When reached on Dec. 15, Miller was heading to Gatineau where would be rejoining his Wolfpack teammates for a tournament on Dec. 16-20. He spoke about the call-up and his first taste of Q league action.
“It was exciting,” said Miller. “I was waiting for it. I’ve been working hard back home with my midget team. It was real exciting to get the opportunity.
“I was looking forward to taking advantage of the opportunity and played hard.”
He said the players are faster and stronger than what he’s used to play with and against, but once he adapted he began to feel comfortable.
“After that it was just a matter of going out there and do what I could,” he said.
In his first QMJHL game—a 4-3 overtime loss to Chicoutimi—Miller scored his first goal. He described how the goal came about. The second game was a 4-1 win over Baie-Comeau.
“I was in the play down low, the puck got cycled behind their net,” he said. “(Samuel) Tremblay made a nice play, he spun away from the other guy and passed me the puck. I took a one timer low blocker side, a real good shot.
“It was a real good play by my linemates.”
He was happy to get that first goal out of the way early.
“It was nice, it was good to grab it early,” said the NSMMHL points leader. “I just put in a lot of work, and was where I needed to be when the puck came to me.”
Miller was reassigned to the Wolfpack after the second game. He wasn’t sure what would happen moving forward, although he hopes his play will kind of make that decision for the Armada.
“I’d like to get another call-up,” he said. “I just have to go back and keep on doing what I’ve been doing and work hard and put in the effort.
“If I do that my time will come, if not I’ll work for that opportunity for next year.”
In his return with the Wolfpack, Miller scored once and was named player of the game as Cole Harbour earned a 3-2 overtime victory over host Gatineau in the tournament opener on Dec. 16.