Millman “excited to come home”

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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.”

 

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Organizations: Campbellton Tigers, Capitals, Journal Pioneer Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Woodstock, Summerside, Quebec Remparts Pictou County Amherst

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  • Basileatsweasels
    December 05, 2013 - 17:41

    And the Caps have been this way for years so for Patty to spin the "leadership " role is not untypical on his uneducated part.No wonder why nobody is going to the games and whom is paying for it....taxpayers of Summerside. Caps are yesterdays news people and better hockey to be had in Kensington.....

  • oh my
    December 05, 2013 - 12:20

    This guy is going to be a leader???? In what how to get suspended or kicked out of the league? So we have very little talent outside our goalie and the only thing we can do is play Goon hockey? Is thus what the rest of the year is going to be just a side show and no skill? I am ashamed of what is going on with this team and the direction it is going in.

  • Jack on the Rocks
    December 05, 2013 - 10:43

    In 16 games for the Ramblers,he was suspended for 8,good luck with that...lol

  • summerside
    December 04, 2013 - 19:22

    just another goon. will spend more time in the box and suspensions than on the ice. yup good role model