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Veteran coach to lead Aspen Leafs Junior A’s

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The inaugural Aspen Leafs Junior A hockey team has a coach.

Veteran hockey coach Jay Miller was named this week as the head coach for the first season of the Aspen Junior Hockey Junior A team. The team will begin play in the fall in the new Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League.

“Jay’s resume and results point toward instant success for Aspen in the RMJHL (Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League),” said Shaun Hathaway, director of Aspen Junior Hockey. “This was a very strategic process. We took our time with a national search and are very confident that we hired the perfect candidate for the position.”

Miller most recently was the head coach and general manager of the West Sound Warriors, a Tier-3 junior league club in the Pacific Northwest. Miller’s team recently won the regular-season title and the Cascade Cup.

According to Hathaway, Miller was a head coach for seven years in the Northern Pacific Hockey League, amassing a record of 203-73 (.740).

In his first season as the head coach, he broke the franchise record with 33 wins with the Eugene Generals.

After a 72-20 overall record in two seasons with the Generals, he moved to West Sound for a rebuilding project.

In the last three seasons, Miller led West Sound to 30-plus win seasons and two regular-season titles.

Last year, the team was 36-9, winning the Cascade Cup and earning a bid to the USA Hockey national tournament.

“With winning as his byproduct, his ability to develop players to the next level is proven with an impressive list of Division I, Division III, ACHA collegiate hockey and Tier-2 junior hockey advancements,” Hathaway said.

Th e Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League will include Aspen and five other teams. They are the Denver Thunderbirds, Monument Rampage, Colorado Springs Miners, Breckenridge Bucks and Grand Junction Glacier Yetis.

Hathaway said the league will benefit from Miller’s leadership at the league level.

“Not only is Aspen Junior Hockey stronger with Jays leadership, the league itself will benefit greatly from his previous experience and knowledge,” Hathaway said.

While with West Sound, Miller served as governor and contact point for the league board.

Hathaway said Miller will spend the summer recruiting players and holding tryouts.

Practice for the team begins in Aspen after Labor Day weekend.


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