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SEPTEMBER 2017 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM // 31 Backyard, Park & Rec, Arena Liners manufactured with an ISO 9001:2000 certifi ed company. (320) 333-9255 Cell | (320) 352-7859 Offi ce Quality is our #1 goal. Ice Rink Liners Industry Leading Video Editing Platform Dynamic Reporting Enhanced Presentation Tools Stream Video to Web & Mobile WWW.XOSDIGITAL.COM years away from school. Four hours to the east, in Madison, Wis., Millen's old Olympic and NHL teammate Tony Granato was facing a similar challenge, going to class at Wisconsin to complete his degree all while coaching the Badgers. Millen's major required taking classes in bowl- ing and badminton, which gave current Gophers a healthy supply of material with which to playfully tease their coach. But the ribbing did nothing to quell the drive toward a degree. Plus, just being back in campus neighborhoods like Dinkytown and Stadium Village had a bit of a transforma- tive effect on Millen. "It spurs a lot of memories and if I take anything away, that would be it," he said. "As soon as I step on campus I shed 30 years, and I'm back to being 22 again, zipping around the 'U.'" H e h a d o n e m o r e c h a n c e t o step onto the floor of Mariucci Arena in May, without the ice. Graduation ceremonies were held at the rink, with thousands of students getting their diplo- mas, and thousands more friends and family looking on with pride. Alas, Millen opted not to walk in the graduation ceremony. After four years on the ice with the Gophers, another year spent behind their bench, and nearly three decades in between, he can be excused if another few hours at the arena weren't of interest. B u t t h e c o m p l e t i o n o f h i s degree was an immediate suc- c e s s o n t h e c o l l e g e h o c k e y employment front. In August, Millen joined the coaching staff at the U.S. Air Force Academy for the coming season, drawing high praise from Falcons' coach Fr a n k S e r r a t o r e f o r w h a t h e expects Millen will bring to the hockey program. " A g l a n c e a t h i s p l a y i n g resume quickly v a l i d a t e s h i m as an American hockey legend," Serratore said. "C o r e y b r i n g s a t r e m e n d o u s amount of coaching experience to the table as well. His expe- r i e n c e a s a p l ay e r a n d c o a c h m a k e s h i m a v e r y a tt r a c t i v e addition to our program." I t w a s o n e l a s t l e s s o n f o r C o r e y M i l l e n . Ev e n d e c a d e s later, the satisfaction that comes with completing his degree will last him a lifetime. P Jess Myers is a freelance writer based in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. COREY MILLEN'S EXPERIENCE AS A PLAYER AND A COACH WAS A HUGE ASSET TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PLAYERS AND COACHING STAFF. COREY MILLEN PLAYED EIGHT SEASONS IN THE NHL IN ADDITION TO SKATING ON TWO U.S. OLYMPIC TEAMS.

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