Kieran Millan

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Kieran Millan
Born (1989-08-31) August 31, 1989 (age 25)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Denver Cutthroats
Lake Erie Monsters
Wheeling Nailers
NHL Draft 124th overall, 2009
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2012–2014

Kieran Millan (born August 31, 1989) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender. After a successful four-year collegiate career at Boston University, he played two seasons in hockey's minor leagues as a prospect within the Colorado Avalanche organization of the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

In 2006, Millan began a 2-year stint with the minor junior hockey Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.[1] Upon committing to his collegiate freshman year at Boston University, Millan backstopped the Terriers to the 2009 NCAA Championship title and was selected as the Hockey East Rookie of the Year, Hockey East Second All-Star Team, and the Tournament MVP.[2] By the conclusion of his four-year collegiate career, Millan finished as the Boston Terriers' all-time leader in victories, games played, and saves. He was also selected as BU's most valuable player in two consecutive years.[3]

After his 2008-2009 championship season, Millan was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the 5th round (124th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.[4]

On May 11, 2012, Millan embarked on his professional career by signing to a two-year entry level contract with the Avalanche.[5] After initially attending training camp with the Avs' AHL affiliate Lake Erie Monsters, Millan was re-assigned to make his pro debut with the Denver Cutthroats of the CHL, a secondary affiliate of the Avalanche.[6] On October 20, 2012, Millan made his first start as a professional only to be pulled after yielding 6 goals in a defeat to the Missouri Mavericks.[7] Millan quickly rebounded to settle in net with the Cutthroats and on November 13, 2012, he recorded his first and the Cutthroats first franchise shut-out, in a 6-0 win over the Arizona Sundogs.[8] Millan continued his form to be named as the CHL's First Star of the Month for November.[9] On December 29, 2012, Millan was recalled to the Monsters and made his AHL debut in a 4-0 defeat against the Charlotte Checkers on January 4, 2013.[10] He was then returned to the Cutthroats and was twice awarded CHL goaltender of the week to finish with an even record before an opening round defeat to the Allen Americans in the playoffs.

At the conclusion of his entry-level contract, Millan was not retained by the Avalanche and was released as a free agent. With limited playing opportunities, Millan opted to retire from professional hockey to take up a job in Calgary. His record in 55 professional games was 22-21-6.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2006–07 Spruce Grove Saints AJHL 32 20 7 4 1883 82 3 2.61 .919 4 2 2 200 10 1 3.00 .906
2007–08 Spruce Grove Saints AJHL 43 21 12 8 2391 121 1 3.04 .903 15 8 7 931 34 1 2.19 .921
2008–09 Boston University HE 35 29 2 3 2072 67 3 1.94 .921
2009–10 Boston University HE 32 16 16 0 1869 98 1 3.15 .891
2010–11 Boston University HE 36 16 10 8 2126 95 1 2.68 .919
2011–12 Boston University HE 35 20 14 1 2120 92 3 2.60 .923
2012–13 Denver Cutthroats CHL 38 15 15 4 2083 101 2 2.91 .913 4 1 3 201 10 0 2.99 .899
2012–13 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 1 0 1 0 60 4 0 4.00 .846
2013–14 Denver Cutthroats CHL 11 5 3 2 626 28 1 2.68 .921
2013–14 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 5 2 2 0 241 7 1 1.75 .929
AHL totals 1 0 1 0 60 4 0 4.00 .846

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
College
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 2008–09
NCAA Rookie of the Year 2008–09 [12][13]
All-Hockey East Second Team 2008–09, 2010–11 [14][15]
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2009 [16]
Hockey East Tournament MVP 2009 [2]
NCAA All-Tournament Team 2009 [17][18]
Hockey East Three Stars Award 2011-12 [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hockey East Preview 2011: BC, BU Leading The Pack Once Again". SBNation.com Boston. 2011-08-09. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  2. ^ a b "BU wins Hockey East title". SeacoastOnline.com. 2009-04-06. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Kieran Millan: Men's ice hockey MVP". GoTerriers.com. 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  4. ^ "Avalanche Completes Draft Weekend". KMGH. 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  5. ^ "Colorado Avalanche signs three Goaltending prospects". Denver Post. 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  6. ^ "Monsters send pair of goalies to Cutthroats". Central Hockey League. 2012-10-08. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  7. ^ "Denver Falls to Missouri in high scoring affair". Denver Cutthroats. 2012-10-20. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  8. ^ "Cutthroats shutout Sundogs for 6-0 win". Denver Cutthroats. 2012-11-13. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  9. ^ "Millan named CHL First Star of the Month". Denver Cutthroats. 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  10. ^ "Lake Erie Monsters blanked 4-0, as rookie goalie loses AHL debut". The Plain Dealer. 2013-01-04. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  11. ^ Zack Cox (2014-07-25). "Former BU Goalie Kieran Millan Retires From Professional Hockey". Retrieved 2014-10-22. 
  12. ^ "Burning the Boats". CollegeHockeyNews.com. 2009-06-07. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  13. ^ "Fans take their shot at predicting NCAA final". National Hockey League. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  14. ^ "Second All-Star Team announced". HockeyEastOnline.com. 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  15. ^ "BC picked - again - as team to beat in Hockey East". HockeyJournal.com. 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  16. ^ "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  17. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records". NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  18. ^ "Boston University heads to Frozen Four". National Hockey League. 2009-04-01. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  19. ^ "Weekly release: Eagles capture third straight Hockey East Tournament title". Hockey East. 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Colin Wilson
Hockey East Rookie of the Year
2008–09
Succeeded by
Stéphane Da Costa
Preceded by
Richard Bachman
NCAA Ice Hockey National Rookie of the Year
2008–09
Succeeded by
Stéphane Da Costa
Preceded by
Nathan Gerbe
William Flynn Tournament Most Valuable Player
2009
Succeeded by
Matt Lombardi
Preceded by
Paul Thompson
Hockey East Three-Stars Award
2011–12
Succeeded by
John Henrion
Martin Ouellette