- Greg Millen
Infobox Ice Hockey Player
caught = Right
height_ft = 5
height_in = 9
weight_lb = 175
Pittsburgh Penguins Hartford Whalers
St. Louis Blues
Chicago Black Hawks
Detroit Red Wings
league = NHL
nationality = Canada
birth_date = birth date and age|1957|06|25
Toronto, Ontario, CAN
career_start = 1978
career_end = 1992
draft = 102nd overall
draft_year = 1977
nickname = Millsie, The Dog
Gregory Millen (born
June 25, 1957 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadianhockey commentatoranalyst and was an ice hockey goaltenderin the National Hockey League. He is currently the color commentatorpartnered with Joe Bowenfor local television broadcasts of Toronto Maple Leafshockey games. He also works on " Hockey Night in Canada", where he is usually paired with either Bob Cole or Jim Hughson.
Netminder Greg Millen made over 600 appearances for a half dozen different clubs during his 14 NHL seasons. In addition to his athletic talent he was a positive influence in the
dressing roomand was able to handle a heavy workload.
Torontonative was chosen 102nd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguinsin 1977 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 Whalerssigned him as a free agent. After toiling admirably in 55 games for the Whale 1981–82, Millen represented Canadaat 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 Wamsleyand 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, the popular backstopper spent time with the Quebec Nordiques, Chicago Black Hawks, and Detroit Red Wingsbefore retiring in 1992.
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 Chevrier 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.
During his 14-year NHL career, Millen was 215–284–89 with a goals-against average of 3.87 and 17 shutouts. In the playoffs, he was 27–29 with a GAA of 3.42. He donned the jerseys of the
Pittsburgh Penguins, Hartford Whalers, St. Louis Blues, Quebec Nordiques, Chicago Black Hawks, and Detroit Red Wings.
Greg Millen resides in
Bridgenorth, Ontario, with his wife and four children.
* [http://www.gregmillen.ca/ Greg Millen's Homepage]
* [http://www.hockeygoalies.org/bio/millen.html Greg Millen @ hockeygoalies.org]
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