Corey Millen’s University of Minnesota coaching career lasted only one season. The former high-scoring Gopher and assistant coach for the 2016-17 season has been named Air Force’s director of hockey.
Air Force coach Frank Serratore announced the move Friday, bringing the Cloquet native to the Academy staff in Colorado.
Millen was an undergraduate assistant on Don Lucia’s staff last season, helping coach the program that launched his stellar playing career. Millen, a forward, had 241 points (119 goals, 122 assists) in 149 Gophers games — a point total and goal total that both rank third in U history behind John Mayasich and Pat Micheletti.
Millen, 53, was on the Gophers staff while working on his degree in recreation, park and leisure studies, according to the university.
Before his season on the Gophers staff, Millen coached in the North American Hockey League.
Millen played 14 seasons in the NHL, with the New York Rangers, L.A. Kings, Dallas and Calgary, totaling 331 games and 209 points. He also was on Team USA for the 1984 and 1999 Olympic Games.
“We are thrilled to add Corey to our staff,” Serratore said in a statement. “A glance at his playing resume quickly validates him as an American hockey legend. Corey brings a tremendous amount of coaching experience to the table as well. He won a Robertson Cup championship in the NAHL as a head coach in 2015 and served as a member of the University of Minnesota coaching staff last season. His experience as both a player and coach makes him a very attractive addition to our staff”
Millen said in the same statement: “I am extremely excited to work with Frank ... and the rest of the Air Force staff,” Millen said. “They are highly regarded in the hockey world.”