Forward from Alberton to make Caps’ debut this weekend
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Western Capitals will have a big presence in their lineup this weekend.
Six-foot-five and 230-pound forward Blake Millman of Alberton will make his Caps’ debut in Woodstock on Friday night, and will play his first home game against the Campbellton Tigers at Eastlink Arena on Sunday in a 2 p.m. start.
Millman, 20, was acquired in a trade with the Amherst Ramblers last week.
“Obviously, I was shocked at first to be traded, but once that passed I was pretty excited to come home and play for my home team in Summerside,” said Millman in an interview with the Journal Pioneer before Tuesday afternoon’s practice.
Millman spent the past three seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he accumulated nine points, including six goals, and 231 penalty minutes in 128 regular-season games with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Quebec Remparts.
In 16 games with the Ramblers this season, Millman had one goal, one assist and 61 penalty minutes.
“I want to make sure the guys are comfortable playing against some tough teams in this league,” said Millman, who describes himself as an energy player.
With the Capitals trading co-captains JP Harvey and Michael Crocock to the Pictou County Weeks Crushers and assistant captain Bruce Hornbrook going to Amherst, Capitals general manager Pat McIver is looking for Millman to provide some veteran leadership on a rebuilding team that has quietly won four games in a row and five of their last six to improve to 9-11-1-0 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses).
“Obviously, I was shocked at first to be traded, but once that passed I was pretty excited to come home and play for my home team in Summerside." Western Capitals forward Blake Millman
“He’s (Millman) been around the game, and has played three years in the Q,” said McIver. “He’s going to be a leader for these guys.
“We’re not expecting him to come in here and light the lamp on fire. We traded some veteran guys out of here, and he’s a veteran guy coming in and is going to be a guy to show these guys the ropes.”
When asked how he would describe his style of play for fans who have never seen him play before, Millman commented: “Someone who will go out there, put his body on the line, play a real tough game and be a tough guy to play against out there.”