Greg Millen

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Greg Millen
Born (1957-06-25) June 25, 1957 (age 57)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Right
Played for Pittsburgh Penguins
Hartford Whalers
St. Louis Blues
Quebec Nordiques
Chicago Black Hawks
Detroit Red Wings
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 102nd overall, 1977
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1978–1992

Gregory H. Millen (born June 25, 1957 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian hockey commentator analyst and was an ice hockey goaltender in the National Hockey League. He is currently the colour commentator partnered with play-by-play announcer Joe Bowen for local television broadcasts of Toronto Maple Leafs hockey games. He also works on Hockey Night in Canada, where he is usually paired with Dean Brown.

Millen made over 600 appearances for six teams during his 14 NHL seasons.

Biography[edit]

Playing career[edit]

The Toronto native was chosen 102nd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft, while he was in the midst of a fine OHA career with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He also played for the Peterborough Petes in the OHL from 1974 to 1977. In 1978–79, he looked solid in 28 games as a rookie and became a fan favourite at the "Igloo." Two years later, he won 25 games and nearly led his team to a first round upset over the St. Louis Blues, losing the decisive fifth game in double overtime.

In June 1981, the Hartford Whalers signed him as a free agent. After playing in 55 games for the Whalers in 1981–82, Millen represented Canada at the World Championships. In 1983–84, he led the NHL with 60 appearances, while toiling on one of the league's worst teams.

Millen joined the St. Louis Blues in February 1985, following a major trade that also involved Mike Liut. He formed a solid goalkeeping tandem with Rick Wamsley and helped the club reach the Conference Finals in 1986, where they were defeated in seven games by the Calgary Flames. In 1988–89, Millen registered an NHL-high six shutouts along with 22 wins. Late in his career, he spent time with the Quebec Nordiques, Chicago Blackhawks, and Detroit Red Wings before retiring in 1992.

Broadcasting career[edit]

After ending his career, Millen became the colour commentator on television broadcasts for the expansion Ottawa Senators. During his eleven seasons affiliated with the Senators, his play-by-play partners included Don Chevrier, Rob Faulds, and Dean Brown. He also paired with Dan Shulman as the lead broadcasting team for CTV's ice hockey coverage at the 1994 Winter Olympics. Beginning in the 1995 season, he joined the CBC's Hockey Night in Canada. After a year with CTV Sportsnet, he rejoined HNIC in 1999–2000 as the network's secondary colour commentator, mostly covering the second game of weekly doubleheader. He now usually works on the game that features the Montreal Canadiens along with Bob Cole and Guy Carbonneau. During the week, he has worked on regional Toronto Maple Leafs telecasts since 2006 on Rogers Sportsnet Ontario and Leafs TV along with Joe Bowen.

During the 2012 NHL playoffs, he worked the Washington-Boston series with play-by-play man Dean Brown.

Millen would eventually rejoin the new version of Hockey Night retaining his role as well as working the Wednesday Night games. He would be joined by the new play-by-play voice, Paul Romanuk who replaced Bowen on television.

Personal life[edit]

Millen resides in Bridgenorth, Ontario, with his wife and four children.

Millen's son Charlie is currently a goaltender for the Ottawa Jr. Senators of the Central Canada Hockey League

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1973–74 Toronto Marlboros OHA 3
1974–75 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 27 1584 90 2 3.41
1975–76 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 58 3282 233 0 4.26
1976–77 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 59 3457 244 0 4.23
1977–78 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OMJHL 25 1469 105 1 4.29
1977–78 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 3 180 14 0 4.67
1978–79 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 28 14 11 1 1532 86 2 3.37
1979–80 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 44 18 18 7 2586 157 2 3.64
1980–81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 63 25 27 10 3721 258 0 4.16
1981–82 Hartford Whalers NHL 55 11 30 12 3201 229 0 4.29
1982–83 Hartford Whalers NHL 60 14 38 6 3520 282 1 4.81 .863
1983–84 Hartford Whalers NHL 60 21 30 9 3583 221 2 3.70 .878
1984–85 Hartford Whalers NHL 44 16 22 6 2659 187 1 4.22 .855
1984–85 St. Louis Blues NHL 10 2 7 1 607 35 0 3.46 .871
1985–86 St. Louis Blues NHL 36 14 16 6 2168 129 1 3.57 .887
1986–87 St. Louis Blues NHL 42 15 18 9 2482 146 0 3.53 .873
1987–88 St. Louis Blues NHL 48 21 19 7 2854 167 1 3.51 .880
1988–89 St. Louis Blues NHL 52 22 20 7 3019 170 6 3.38 .880
1989–90 St. Louis Blues NHL 21 11 7 3 1245 61 1 2.94 .890
1989–90 Quebec Nordiques NHL 18 3 14 1 1080 95 0 5.28 .853
1989–90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 10 5 4 1 575 32 0 3.34 .880
1990–91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 3 0 1 0 58 4 0 4.14 .875
1991–92 Maine Mariners AHL 11 2 5 2 599 37 0 3.71
1991–92 Detroit Red Wings NHL 10 3 2 3 487 22 0 2.71 .896
1991–92 San Diego Gulls IHL 5 2 3 0 296 20 0 4.05
NHL totals 604 215 284 89 35,377 2281 17 3.87

Post season[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1976–77 Peterborough Petes OHA 4 240 23 0 5.75
1977–78 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHA 13 774 61 0 4.73
1979–80 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 2 3 300 21 0 4.20
1980–81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 2 3 325 19 0 3.51
1984–85 St. Louis Blues NHL 1 0 1 60 2 0 2.00 .943
1985–86 St. Louis Blues NHL 10 6 3 586 29 0 2.97 .912
1986–87 St. Louis Blues NHL 4 1 3 250 10 0 2.40 .918
1987–88 St. Louis Blues NHL 10 5 5 600 38 0 3.80 .849
1988–89 St. Louis Blues NHL 10 5 5 649 34 0 3.14 .890
1989–90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 14 6 6 613 40 0 3.92 .867
NHL totals 59 27 29 3383 193 0 3.42

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